Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD

Wellness Manager, Lifestyle 180 Program, Cleveland Clinic
Blog Posts

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When you think of what the biggest predictors of weight loss are, what comes to mind? Motivation? Absolutely! An understanding of healthy nutrition? For sure. Regular exercise? Without a doubt....

Added to Weight Loss on Mon 07/23/2012

I attended a children’s birthday party recently and found myself having as much fun as the kids. There was a balloon guy making animals, trains and princesses; there were streamers and fun music...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Family Health on Thu 06/21/2012

While walking through a shopping mall food court the other day, I saw a mother sitting with her toddler. The mother had a large portion of fast food and the child’s meal was not much smaller. “...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Family Health, Obesity on Thu 06/07/2012

Swimsuit season is a just a few weeks away and if your New Year’s resolution was gone by February, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed with the idea of wearing a two-piece. Here are four...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Recipes on Wed 05/02/2012

We’ve all heard of free radicals, yet, many of us are not quite sure what they are or why they’re so scary. Free radicals are unstable molecules, produced by normal bodily functions, which can...

Added to Diet, Illness Prevention, Alternative Medicine, Wellness on Mon 04/09/2012

When The Dr. Oz Show first asked me to find weight loss tools at a dollar store, I thought my list would be short. To my surprise, however, I found that the dollar...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, Fitness, Wellness on Wed 02/22/2012

This year, how about giving your special someone the gift of less stress and a smaller waistline? Seem impossible? It’s not! You can do it by giving the most traditional Valentine’s Day gift there...

Added to Nutrition, Heart Health, Alternative Medicine, Wellness, Stress on Mon 02/13/2012

Most of us know that the tongue easily picks up sweet, salty and bitter tastes ... but fat? It’s possible.

 

New research out of the Washington University School of Medicine in...

Added to Diet, Anatomy, Health News on Mon 02/06/2012

Recently, two studies were published that demonstrate the connection between red and processed meat and disease. One study, published in the journal Stroke and spanning 20 years of data,...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Cancer, Heart Health, Illness Prevention on Mon 01/30/2012

If you’re interested in the least surprising story to lead the 2012 health headlines, it's this: we're not eating enough fruits or vegetables. We're eating plenty of other things, like processed...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Wellness, New Year's Resolutions on Wed 01/11/2012

For years, research has demonstrated that omega-3 fatty acids help lower an individual’s risk for heart attack, stroke, certain cancers, depression and overall inflammation. The type of omega-3s...

There's been a lot of discussion lately on supplements – what to take, what to skip and what interactions to be aware of.

 

As a dietitian, I've always thought that the best way...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Thu 11/03/2011

If you’re a fan of my blogs, then you know that I love to talk about walnuts. They are, in my mind, one of the best foods around. Walnuts are portable, healthy and satisfying, and they provide the...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Thu 09/15/2011

They're sweet, they’re satisfying, and they're one of those foods we usually pop when we're having issues with digestion. The fabulous prune, however, has benefits well beyond the bathroom and a...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Women's Health on Fri 09/02/2011

Do you think you know the difference between a bird raised on an organic farm and a bird raised on a traditional farm? Perhaps you’ve heard they are happier, better cared for, or enjoy...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Wellness, Health News on Tue 08/16/2011

A new study published in the journal Diabetes Care has demonstrated yet another benefit of an old standby snack – nuts. The study found that replacing a high carbohydrate snack with two...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Diabetes, Heart Health on Wed 07/20/2011

Two studies recently presented at a meeting of the American Diabetes Association in San Diego show that your diet colas may actually be hurting your waistline. You might lift an eyebrow at that...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Health News on Tue 07/05/2011

A recent Harvard study published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed what Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen have been saying all along: the quality of your food choices surpasses...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Health News on Fri 06/24/2011

As we head into the best months of summer, we have the glorious opportunity to ditch winter hats and gloves and don shorts and sandals instead. The days are longer, there is plenty of sunlight and...

Added to Nutrition on Thu 06/23/2011

As the years pass by, many women find that the lifestyle that worked out in their 20s and 30s fails to achieve the same results in their 40s and 50s. As women reach their 50s (the average age of...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Women's Health, Anti-Aging on Tue 06/07/2011

Americans love a new story about the latest and greatest super fruits. The idea that a plant or seed from Mother Nature can deliver health benefits beyond anything that we can find in a bottle is...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Illness Prevention on Mon 06/06/2011

The more I research dietary habits and the link to chronic disease and obesity, the more I realize that it’s not only the type of food you're putting in your mouth that matters, but also the...

Added to Diet, Wellness, Family Health on Tue 05/03/2011

Every night, millions of Americans hit the sack for a 7-8 hour opportunity to recharge the batteries. As we sleep, our bodies work hard to keep our hearts pumping blood, our lungs breathing, and...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Wed 04/20/2011

If you’re like many Americans, getting enough fruits and vegetables in every day may seem challenging enough that you forgo getting any in at all!

 

If this describes you,...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet on Fri 03/25/2011

A few years ago, you could walk into any convenience store and notice a plethora of drinks promising to keep you awake, energized and alert. Today, they are popping up in bars, movie theatres,...

Added to Nutrition, Wellness on Thu 03/03/2011

Here’s yet another reason why “comfort food” never truly nourishes you. Have you ever reached for a boxed macaroni and cheese, doughnut or cookie in times of stress? We probably all have at one...

Added to Diet, Stress on Mon 02/21/2011

I have many clients in their 40s, and they all seem to follow the same trend when they come to me for advice. They tell me that their clothing does not fit the way it used to and that they have...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet on Sun 02/20/2011

A recent observational study found that individuals who consumed a great amount of fiber actually lived longer. They found that the 500,000 participants in the study had a decreased cause of death...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Anti-Aging on Tue 02/15/2011

The food industry made a big announcement yesterday. They are going to revamp the way you look at your food by making additions to the nutritional label. 

 

The nutritional...

Added to Nutrition, Family Health on Wed 01/26/2011

The first question you probably have is, "What the heck is that 9-oxo thing?" The answer: 9-oxo-ODA (abbreviated) is a compound found in tomatoes that may help to reduce blood lipid levels. A...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Mon 01/10/2011

A new study in the Journal of Clinical Nursing found that children who don’t like fruits and vegetables are 13 times more likely to be constipated.  Not drinking enough water was also a...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Wed 12/15/2010

Last year, 12 of my friends made New Year's resolutions. The resolutions ranged from losing weight, quitting smoking, and weight training 3 times a week. Most of them were back to their bad...

Added to Weight Loss, Wellness, Holidays, resolutions on Fri 12/10/2010

Thanksgiving and the holidays that follow are literally right around the corner. Thankfully you’ve got plenty of tips from Dr. Oz to know what steps should be taken to make your turkey dinner a...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Holidays, Food Safety on Mon 11/22/2010

I have written several blog posts about how the company you keep affects your ability to stay healthy and maintain a normal body weight. Now, a new study out of Harvard confirms it.

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Added to Diet, Obesity, Relationships on Wed 11/17/2010

You may have noticed that sugar and syrups have received a lot of press recently. A lot of it is due to the corn refiners petition to the FDA to change the name “high-fructose corn syrup” to "corn...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Tue 11/02/2010

Let’s face it, as a kid; the best thing about Halloween (after dressing up, of course) is the candy. For one evening a year, children prowl our neighborhoods looking for something sweet to put in...

Added to Family Health on Thu 10/21/2010

For most of us, fall means snuggling before a warm fire, delicious hearty soups, another layer of clothing and sometimes ... another layer of fat in the mid-section. You’ve probably all been there...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Thu 10/14/2010

We all have had evenings where we went to bed too late and got up too early right? A key point is that the following day, we usually eat more than usual. Have you ever asked yourself why this...

Added to Weight Loss on Mon 10/11/2010

Here’s a riddle: We all have it, we can’t avoid it and the better we are at managing it, they better our health will be. The answer is ... stress. When we think of ways to alleviate stress, we...

Added to Mental Health, Stress, Memory on Thu 10/07/2010

Have you heard of Meatless Mondays yet? Everyone is talking about it and I am so glad they are! Meatless Mondays is the idea that every Monday, nationwide, Americans are asked to choose vegetarian...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Tue 10/05/2010

I am a dietitian. I love my job. Every day, I get to help people make better decisions about their food, and although I am not a psychologist, I’m often asked to play one. I know my limits and...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Wellness, Relationships on Tue 09/21/2010

Last week I took a much needed vacation and like most vacations, my normal daily routine was altered. I fly fished, hiked every morning, did yoga daily, drove through the mountains and ate foods I...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Wellness on Mon 09/13/2010

Eggs have been in the news a lot lately and not for a good reason: the recent salmonella scare has made people wary of egg consumption – people are checking their cartons at home and perhaps...

Added to Nutrition, Smart Patient on Mon 08/30/2010

If I had a penny for every time a patient of mine started a sentence with, “How bad is it if I eat_____,” I’d be a millionaire. When we’re asked to make big changes in our diet, we often start...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet on Mon 08/16/2010

Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen often recommend getting a buddy to help with your weight-loss goals, but have you ever asked yourself, "What can my buddy do for me? Can he or she really help me reach my...

Added to Weight Loss on Wed 08/11/2010

I’ve been to a lot of outdoor cookouts this summer and as a dietitian, you’d probably think I am horrified by the amount of charred red meat and nitrate sticks (aka, hot dogs) that my friends and...

Added to Nutrition, Illness Prevention, Family Health on Fri 08/06/2010

When researchers do studies on salt consumption in the United States, they all find the same trends. The salt we sprinkle on our food accounts for about 10% of our salt consumption, the amount we...

Added to Diet on Tue 08/03/2010

I love chocolate. In fact, I don’t know too many people who don’t like chocolate. It’s tasty, satisfying and thank heavens, it’s good for me too. Shown to decrease inflammation and heart disease...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Tue 07/27/2010

This year, my husband and I decided we would join a CSA (community supported agriculture) program. For a fee, we pick up local organically grown fruits and vegetables every Saturday. It began in...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Wed 07/21/2010

A consumer group has just called for the banning of color dyes in children’s foods based on evidence that many dyes can have adverse health effects on kids. I actually can’t remember the last time...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Children's Health on Fri 07/02/2010

I was recently at a friend’s house while her daughter was being served dinner. “She only eats chicken nuggets,” my friend said, “she’d eat them at every meal if I let her.” I began to think, what...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Children's Health, Family Health on Thu 06/24/2010

A new study out of Europe indicates that children who ate 3 or more burgers a week were more prone to asthma and wheezing, while children that consumed more fruits and fish were less prone. Anyone...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Wellness on Tue 06/15/2010

When was the last time you looked at a piece of fruit before you put it in your mouth? Or examined the deep hue of a veggie before putting it in your cart at the grocery store? It’s probably been...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Tue 06/08/2010

Did you hear that a new milkshake at a popular ice cream store has 2010 calories? The latest issue of Men’s Health magazine reported about this colossal drink and when I read it, my jaw...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Tue 06/01/2010

As the thermometer rises, so should your consumption of water and water-rich foods. Water is essential to all body tissues and plays a key role in keeping our body running correctly. Water and...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Mon 05/24/2010

I saw it a few weeks ago. The headlines read, “new study shows that weekend eating may wreck your diet.” My first thought was, “gosh…that’s been me a few weekends” and my second thought was “they...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet on Mon 05/17/2010

You’ve followed him, wished him well, and hoped that he’d be successful in his quest towards optimal health.  Our Unhealthiest American has had his ups and downs and because of this, you may...

Added to Weight Loss, Diet, The Unhealthiest American on Thu 05/13/2010

Last night I decided to make my ever delicious shrimp scampi with whole wheat linguine. This is one of my family’s favorite dishes and every time I make it, I have myself a good cry. What’s so sad...

Added to Nutrition, Symptom Definition on Thu 05/06/2010

My husband and I made a major decision last fall – it would impact both the lives of us humans (me and my husband) as well as our 3 dogs. It would take time, dedication on our part and a...

Added to Nutrition on Mon 05/03/2010

A few weeks ago on The Dr. Oz Show, I asked Steve, the Unhealthiest American to begin a photo timeline. That means that every Thursday, Steve takes a picture of himself and sends it to me. On my...

Added to Weight Loss, The Unhealthiest American on Tue 04/27/2010

Have you ever said, “I am addicted to chocolate,” or “I’m addicted to my mom’s mac ‘n cheese?” Your use of the term addiction may actually be in all in your head. A fascinating new study in rats...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Mon 04/19/2010

The next time you consider drastically cutting calories in an attempt to lose weight, chew on this. A study out of University of California, San Francisco found that cutting calories increased...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, The Unhealthiest American on Wed 04/14/2010

The new health care bill includes a provision that many of us have never heard about, but it will affect us all – restaurant labeling. The new health care bill states that restaurants with more...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Tue 04/06/2010

The CDC recommends that salt intake should not exceed 1500 - 2300mg/day, yet most Americans consume on average about 4000 mg/day.  That’s a lot of salt and it’s harmful to us. It puts us at...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Tue 03/23/2010

When most of us think of St. Patrick’s Day, we envision green beer and traditional Irish food like corned beef and cabbage, but you can have a great time and still be healthy by focusing on Irish...

Added to Nutrition, Diet on Mon 03/15/2010

Coffee has been shown to have several benefits ranging from lowering your risk for dementia to decreasing your risk of sudden death. Now a new study looking at over 70,000 women found that...

Added to Nutrition, Diet, Women's Health on Tue 03/09/2010

It’s national Nutrition Month and what better way to celebrate than getting your bang for your nutritional buck all month!  Let’s start with nutrient density.  If you eat the right foods...

Added to Nutrition on Wed 03/03/2010

A new study indicates that women over 50 who eat a high fat diet may raise their risk of stroke by almost 45%!  Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America; however 80% of all...

Added to Diet, Stroke on Thu 02/25/2010

Have you ever found yourself looking only at the calories ON the box and not really caring what’s actually IN the box? As a society, we’ve become obsessed with how many calories we’re taking in,...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, Wellness on Tue 02/09/2010

I talked to Steve today and he’s lost 21 pounds! Way to go Steve. Why is Steve so successful?  Because he is motivated, ready, and willing to make a change. Perhaps most importantly, Steve is...

Added to Weight Loss, The Unhealthiest American on Fri 01/22/2010

As January slips away, remember that the goals you set on New Years Day are still important. So many of us go back to old ways once the thrill and the newness of a new healthy eating or...

While Steve started his new life a few months ago (and is doing awesome by the way) many of you may have started your's just this past Friday. Ahhh, the thrill of the New Year’s resolution. If you...

Steve and I will have our last 2009 pep talk on Christmas Eve. I am choosing this date because many of us choose to "blow it out" at the end of December with the promise that 2010 will start a new...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, The Unhealthiest American on Mon 12/21/2009

While enjoying a wonderful home cooked Italian meal with my friend Chris the other evening, I realized that Chris’s portion of whole wheat pasta and sauce was 3-4 times larger than mine was – HUGE...

Holiday's are filled with caroling, decorations, shopping, family...and lots and lots of chocolate. Should you partake? The cocoa bean is actually chock-full of healthy benefits, most of them...

Steve asked me to recommend a good energy bar that he could keep with him in case he needs some fuel while traveling. Most of the energy bars out there violate the #1 rule for our ultimate...

The next 3 weekends will be filled with holiday parties and most of those parties won’t have the healthiest food options to nosh on. How can you stay on your healthy eating plan and still...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, The Unhealthiest American on Tue 12/01/2009

Lifestyle 180’s Recipe for Wellness

Steve Caves, The Unhealthiest American

 

Follow the Rule of 5

Avoid any and all food products if the first 5...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, The Unhealthiest American on Tue 11/24/2009

You CAN have a healthier Thanksgiving. Americans gain an average of 1 pound throughout the holidays and although that does not sound like much, we tend not to lose this pound over the years. ...

Steve assured me that his non-dairy creamer was trans fat free but beware consumer – the ingredient label may still have hydrogenated oils in it, aka, trans fat. Trans fat is essentially a poison...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, The Unhealthiest American on Tue 11/24/2009

Steve and I have started his journey towards a healthier way of living! We’re starting from scratch and spoke last Friday about making changes to his breakfast. First, Steve needs to...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, The Unhealthiest American on Mon 11/23/2009

I’ve asked Steve to keep a food diary. This will keep him accountable not only to me, but more importantly, to himself. Studies show that writing down what you eat may actually help you to eat...

Added to Nutrition, Weight Loss, Diet, The Unhealthiest American on Fri 11/20/2009