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Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D.
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Kristin Kirkpatrick is a registered dietitian and manager of wellness nutrition services for the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Kristin is a regular contributor to the "Doctor Oz Show" and provides expert opinions for several major magazines as well as media and web outlets. She has been helping individuals reach their personal goals for over 15 years and her specialties include weight management, nutritional genomics, functional medicine, dieting on a budget and community/worksite wellness. For more information, visit

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Here's How to Splurge on Thanksgiving Without the Fat, Sugar and Sodium

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 1:29 PM

It's that time of the year again, but this year it doesn't have to be about unhealthy eating, tight pants, and stress. The holiday season is the perfect opportunity for you throw that apron on, share time with loved ones, and be thankful for the gift of healthy food! A...

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10 Foods You're Eating Wrong

(47) Comments | Posted October 12, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Imagine the following scenario. You're engaged in conversation at a dinner party with friends that you feel comfortable enough to discuss "hot button" topics with. Politics, religion, and parenting techniques probably come up and most likely, the views vary by person. When I attend dinner parties, however, the issue of...

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5 Dinge, die Sie von einer veganen Ernährung abhalten

(21) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 10:10 PM

Mein Mann und ich sind in den letzten vier Jahren quasi zu Vegetariern geworden. Wir essen kein Hähnchen oder rotes Fleisch (inklusive Schwein), aber wir essen Eier, Milchprodukte und Fisch. Wir hatten viele Gespräche über die Möglichkeit, völlig vegan zu leben. Aber es gab immer etwas, dass uns vom hundertprozentigen...

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5 Things Holding You Back From Going Full Vegan

(179) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 9:43 AM

My husband and I have been quasi-vegetarians for the past four years. We don't eat chicken or red meat (including pork) but we do consume eggs, dairy and fish. We've had many conversations about the possibility of going full vegan but there was always something prohibiting us from taking the...

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Pushing 40: My Quest to Avoid the Muffin Top, Keep My Energy Up and Find Peace With My Body

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 6:45 PM

I thought it would never happen to me. I thought time would move at a snail's pace and that the natural progression from 20s-30s would never really hit. I was convinced that I would never be affected by the sneaky weight gain that my over-40-year-old patients talk about. It turns...

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7 Nutty Things You Probably Didn't Know About Nuts!

(14) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 9:32 AM

Nuts are one of the most amazing foods on the planet. They are loaded with fiber, nutrients and heart healthy fats. They're void of sugar and contain minimal carbohydrates, and best of all, they taste heavenly. Despite these fun facts, I've run into many patients in my practice that avoid...

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6 Popular Theories About Food That Have Not Yet Been Proven

(17) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 9:28 AM

As a dietitian, I steer clear of saying that eating a particular food is 100 percent guaranteed to prevent a person's risk of disease, promote weight loss or result in health ramifications.

The fact is, nutrition science is always evolving, and what may appear to be good or bad...

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8 Things About You That Increase Your Child's Risk for Obesity and Unhealthy Eating Habits

(6) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 10:52 AM

I was recently called out for not being a "fun" mom because I wouldn't buy artificially colored "fun" junk food for my son. Should I worry that my son would feel left out or "not normal" compared to his peers because he was encouraged to eat carrots over cheese curls,...

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14 Foods to Add to Your Diet in 2014

(12) Comments | Posted January 4, 2014 | 10:18 AM

Every January, I post the top foods that you should try in the coming new year. My suggestions are based on trends, availability and most important, nutrient density. Last year was a great year in food. It focused on getting back to the basics with our diet -- something this...

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9 Ways Your Body Is Trying to Tell You That Your Diet Stinks

(38) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 8:46 AM

The chaos of everyday life can make it difficult to recognize subtle changes that manifest in the body. In an attempt to indicate that something is not right, the body usually sends a variety of warning signs, which we tend to dismiss faster than a 6 a.m. morning alarm. More...

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Buying in Bulk? Easy Tips That Equate to Better Portion Control

(25) Comments | Posted September 21, 2013 | 10:06 AM

Yesterday, a great article hit the op-ed section of the New York Times. In it, the author discussed the overeating habits of Americans. I agree completely that Americans seem to struggle more than other cultures when it comes to eating more than we need!

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Addicted to Sugar? 7 Steps You Need to Take Before You Can Break Free

(193) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 9:28 AM

Last month, I devoted my blog to reviewing some of the more surprising adverse health outcomes associated with excess sugar consumption. While most of us know that sugar is not the best substance to load our body with, many individuals struggle with tactics in actually breaking free of...

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10 Things You Don't Know About Sugar (And What You Don't Know Could Hurt You)

(259) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 9:22 AM

Excessive sugar in the diet is not the best idea when it comes to healthy living. Nonetheless, few of us are consuming sugar in recommended moderate amounts and most of us are eating tons of it. In fact, worldwide we are consuming about 500 extra...

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Six bienfaits étonnants du thé

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 9:32 AM

J'ai récemment écrit un article sur les plus grands bienfaits du café. J'ai lu tous les commentaires et de nombreux lecteurs ont mentionné combien ils appréciaient aussi le thé. Il était donc logique de revenir sur les stupéfiants bénéfices du thé pour la santé!


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6 Amazing Benefits of Tea

(89) Comments | Posted June 30, 2013 | 11:10 AM

I recently wrote an article on the best benefits of coffee. I read all the comments, and many of the readers mentioned their love of tea as well. So -- it only makes sense to cover the amazing health outcomes that can come with tea drinking too!

If you...

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Fast Food 2020: My Dream Plan for Healthier Eating Establishments

(35) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 9:33 AM

Americans love fast food. In fact, we may be addicted to it. A 2010 study in the journal Nature Neuroscience found that easily accessible, high calorie, high fat foods (similar to many food choices in fast food establishments) have the same effect on the brain as heroin. Even...

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5 Risky Diet Mistakes Vegetarians Make -- And How You Can Avoid Them

(565) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 9:18 AM

Most people's thoughts surrounding "risky behavior" are focused on actions related to drugs, driving and sex. But the foods you eat every day can be risky, too -- especially if you choose to take on a new dietary regimen without doing enough research first. How risky could food be, you...

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9 Amazing Benefits of Coffee

(174) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 9:14 AM

Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Just about every nutrition-related professional I know has that quote displayed somewhere in their office, probably to convince reluctant patients that a really smart guy a really long time ago predicted that food could actually heal the body....

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The Best Green Foods for St. Patrick's Day (None of Them Artificially Colored!)

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 10:20 AM

It's March -- and that means that stores are filled with green-colored muffins, candy, and other various (and often unhealthy) items to commemorate St. Patrick's Day. Now, I know what you're thinking -- that I'm going to be a complete buzz kill and tell you that you should not have...

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13 Foods to Add to Your Diet in 2013

(469) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 8:22 AM

2013 has arrived and with it, my yearly list of foods you may want to consider adding (or have more of) this year. All of them have been around for ages but -- like clothing, music, and celebrities -- certain foods come and go in terms of popularity. Here are...

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