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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

Entries by Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D.

Why You're Doing Salad Wrong (And Six Ways to Make It Right)

(10) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 8:16 AM

If I told you to close your eyes and imagine a dinner salad, what would you see? If you're like many of my patients, "salad" brings up thoughts of dieting, deprivation, and yes -- boredom. Truth is, if you're doing salad the right way, it can actually become a staple...

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The Real Reasons Why You've Hit the Dreaded Weight Loss Plateau

(35) Comments | Posted February 16, 2016 | 7:13 AM

It's February, and for many people, that means halfway through winter, and most likely all the way through the cessation of your well thought out New Year's weight loss plan. Yes, it happened again. You promised yourself that this year, you'd finally lose the weight. That this year, you'd improve...

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The 'Secret' Life of a Dietitian

(11) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 8:11 PM

I had a patient the other day tell me that I couldn't possibly understand the challenge of getting seven fruits and vegetables in my diet because, most likely, I had double that on any given day. I wish. As we went on in the conversation, I actually started to count...

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5 Diet Disasters That May Hurt You (and Your Waist) This Summer

(10) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 10:03 AM

Summer will be here soon, and with it comes the onslaught of sun, sand, fun... and lots and lots of food.

While our diet choices in the winter may often be used to comfort or soothe, come summer, it's weaved into events that celebrate the arrival of the sun...

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The Divorce Dietary Plan

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 1:59 PM

One of my best friends (let's call her Lisa) is going through a divorce, and I, despite having no knowledge of what she is going through, am trying to stand by her to help her through this difficult time. I am not alone in that role. We all have a...

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15 Foods to Add to Your Diet in 2015

(28) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 7:23 AM

1. Matcha tea:
Haven't heard of Matcha tea yet? You will. Matcha tea is the dried leaves of
green tea ground into a powder. Before the leaves hit the ground however, they are shaded for 30 days to increase their chlorophyll production. That means that...

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

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 12:29 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

(49) Comments | Posted October 12, 2014 | 11:11 AM

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 | 9:10 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

(178) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 8:43 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 | 5:45 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 | 8:32 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 | 8:28 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 | 9:52 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 | 9:18 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 | 7:46 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 | 9:06 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 | 8:28 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 | 8:22 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 | 8:32 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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