Introducing Janel!

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Good afternoon!  I wanted to share this lovely Operation Beautiful story with you:


Paige wrote, "I have an Operation Beautiful experience that not only changed my day, but changed my outlook. I’d been having such a blah weekend and Monday, and finally decided to post an Operation Beautiful note. I posted it at work, in the bathroom, where I knew a lot of women (or at least one!) would see it. Then I realized, even if no one saw it, I saw it, and I believed it. It totally changed my mood. I think you’re completely right in Operation Beautiful being just as helpful to the person posting a note as the person who finds it. Hopefully someone else saw it too, and it worked on them as well, but if it didn’t, at least it helped me, and in turn made me nicer to others! I think Operation Beautiful is SO powerful and moving."


Go to Operation Beautiful to see the rest of today’s notes!


Today was been so-far-so-good!  Chugging along at work and still riding high from my solo dance party this morning.  🙂


Lunch was FABULOUS!


Hands down, kidney beans are my favorite type of bean.  I love the taste and how firm the skin is compared to other beans.  Yum!


With cous cous and asparagus, too!


Introducing Janel!


As the Healthy Living Summit draws closer and closer, I’ll be introducing you to some of our special speakersDon’t forget — the Summit will be live-streamed on the web so you can watch even if you can’t attend!


Janel Ovrut, MS, RD, LDN will be giving a presentation on women’s nutrition and how to properly fuel for different lifestyles.


Janel is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree from the Nutrition Communication program at Tufts University in Boston, and a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Syracuse University. Janel currently works in corporate wellness where she develops wellness programs for large companies, provides nutrition counseling for employees, and gives nutrition presentations relevant to a working professional’s busy life. In addition, she also offers personal and practical nutrition advice for individuals and families. Janel believes that healthy eating starts when nutritious food is brought into the home, and promotes no-nonsense grocery shopping and cooking so that eating is both healthy and enjoyable.


Janel is the chief dietitian for the comprehensive diet and fitness website, and is available to answer nutrition related questions. She also contributes as an Expert Blogger in her blog, Janel’s Vegetarian Kitchen, and hosts food and nutrition videos that can be viewed on as well as the Diet Health Channel on Janel writes articles about healthy eating for kids and families for, and also writes her own food and nutrition blog at and


I can’t wait to hear Janel’s advice and ask her a few questions!  I love talking to people who know a LOT about food!  :) 


If you could ask a registered dietician any question, what would it be?



  • MarathonVal July 28, 2009, 9:25 am

    I am ALWAYS curious about vitamins, and whether or not I need them.

    I hate that every doctor and nutritionist recommends something different – as a vegetarian/vegan, I never know if I need a multi, B12, B6, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, some of the above, all of the above, or none of the above if I am eating enough produce to get these from foods…

    It's a bit overwhelming!!

  • Susan July 28, 2009, 9:25 am

    I didn't know you'll be live-streaming the summit! That makes me happy 🙂

  • runnerskitchen July 28, 2009, 9:28 am

    I'd like to ask a nutritionist how often he or she eats desserts. I think I'm pretty healthy overall, but I know I eat more than the recommended "discretionary calories" on a lot of days.

    And I love kidney beans! I like to mix brown rice, kidney beans, spinach, and soy sauce together. Simple, but so good 🙂

  • rosie.moth July 28, 2009, 9:32 am

    Hey Caitlin!

    I've been looking for a good nutritionist in Orlando for the BF and I – any suggestions?

    I'd love to have them follow me around and tell me what I'm doing right//wrong! Haha. But, as a vegetarian – I'd like to make sure I'm getting a balanced amount of nutrients // fats // etc. I've started working on my food journal for my nutritionist visit…

  • Megan July 28, 2009, 9:33 am

    That's so great that you guys will be live streaming the summit! Do you know if it will be archived and posted so that anyone who can't listen live 🙁 can go back and listen later?

    PS – I LOVE kidney beans too!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 28, 2009, 9:33 am

    rosie – naw i dont know any locally! 🙁 i'll let you know if i hear from anyone.

  • eatingRD July 28, 2009, 9:40 am

    very cool! That's actually what I want to work towards after I get my MS in exercise physiology. Being that I'm an RD too, I would want to ask her about her career and how she got to where she is today. And also any tips for getting experience/credibility in the field. That would be awesome!

  • Courtney Worthington July 28, 2009, 9:40 am

    Wow, Janel has my dream job! 😀 I am so happy you'll be streaming live! WHOOO! 😀

  • Holly July 28, 2009, 9:55 am

    I have to laugh at your question today – I just passed my exam YESTERDAY and am now an RD! Hooray!!!

    I'd love to talk to her about how her career developed, what led to what, etc. 🙂

  • recipesforcreativity July 28, 2009, 10:01 am

    I would ask how the heck we're supposed to know what we should REALLY eat, when every person in the world has different advice!

  • Krissy July 28, 2009, 10:27 am

    I would ask if she allows herself to bring "off-limits" foods into her house. I have heard different theories about the best way to go (e.g. not buying foods that you really want lead you to think of them as "bad" foods and cause you to overeat them later) and am interested in what an expert does in her personal life.

  • Amanda July 28, 2009, 10:29 am

    I have always wanted to get advice from an RD regarding what is "good enough" each day. There are SO many recommended amounts to try to hit each day – fruits, veggies, dairy, protein, water, exercise, etc … I'd love to know what are the baseline amounts that she, as an RD, aims for each day (without driving herself crazy!)

  • leslie July 28, 2009, 10:44 am

    your lunch is literally my ideal meal. yum.

    you ladies chose wonderful speakers – glancing at the agenda, everything looks fascinating. i'd be curious to about sugar since there's so much conflicting information about it. even if added sugar is limited, does an excess of naturally occurring sugars have any effects?

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 28, 2009, 10:50 am

    megan – yes it will be recorded so you can watch it later!

  • lookingforserenity July 28, 2009, 10:51 am

    I would have so many questions for a dietician- i wouldn't know what to start with!!! I really do want to meet with one.. I have so many questions!

  • Amelia (AC/DC: Highways to Health) July 28, 2009, 11:42 am

    This is great! I'm looking forward to hearing Janel speak.
    I would ask how dietians think regular people can make sure they get all the right nutrients from their foods each day. For instance, I could count all the protein, fiber, vitamins, etc etc in the food I consume each day in order to make sure I'm getting a good amount. But there's got to be an easier way right?!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog July 28, 2009, 11:49 am

    mmm I love kidney beans too! One of my go-to lunches lately has been quinoa + kidney beans + defrosted frozen veg mix + hummus + salsa + seasoning salt. so flavorful, so many different textures and so good!!

  • roseyrebecca July 28, 2009, 12:01 pm

    I'm so excited to watch the summit online. I wish I could be there!!

  • bhealthier July 28, 2009, 12:34 pm

    Since I am two semesters away from getting my MS in Nutrition, I would totally want to conversate about career choices, how she decided to do a particular area of dietetics, networking, tips, etc.!

    congrats on getting started for your marathon training!!!!

  • Christina July 28, 2009, 1:45 pm

    Yay, I didn't know the Summit would be streamed on the web. I'm excited now!

  • heyitstay July 28, 2009, 1:50 pm

    Well since I'm on the way to becoming an RD, I'd ask for advice for the journey along the way – applying for internships, their experiences, etc.

  • Carrie H July 28, 2009, 2:36 pm

    So, I rode my road bike 25 miles up (including back) into a canyon this morning with my brother, and at the last several miles when the road was STRAIGHT UP and really hard before the turn around, I started thinking "I am a machine, I am a machine," (in between thoughts like "F*** this," ha ha, just being honest), and I thought of you! Thanks for the mantra!

  • Stacey July 28, 2009, 2:41 pm

    I am always asking my teacher to show me other jobs RD's can have outside of clinicals!!! I don't want to work in a clinical setting at all

  • Justine July 28, 2009, 3:19 pm

    Glad to hear I'll be able to go back and watch the live-streaming. I was curious about that just in case I can't watch it live! I was disappointed to miss the Summit (silly school) but I'm glad I'll get to at least watch it online! Great idea, Summit planners! 🙂

  • Paige@ Running Around Normal July 28, 2009, 4:52 pm

    I didn't know the HLS would be live streamed! That's awesome 😀

    Your lunch absolutely does look yummy!

    And yay for my OB note! Ever since then I've been posting them in public places all around Normal. If I come across a new or different and interesting story, I'll be sure to post it again!

  • adrianna July 28, 2009, 5:50 pm

    am i eating enough or too much for my daily activities? i constantly wonder this, as i'm just trying to maintain. seems like such a balancing act…no loss, no gain. the online calculators are nice, but i'd rather know for sure. and what nutrients i might be missing.

  • veggiedollface July 28, 2009, 6:03 pm

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  • Mackenzie July 28, 2009, 6:59 pm

    I want to know how bad sat fat is. It's clear that unsaturated fats are very healthy and its equally plain that trans fats should be avoided like the plague. I understand that sat fat isn't so hot, but how bad is it? Should that be as close to zero as possible too? Yeah, yeah, I know "a little" or, even more annoying, "in moderation" is permissible (prob as much for the pysche as anything else) but what is the real deal? Anyone?

    I love that you use maggie as a dumbbell, and I love that your jazz hands!!!! I don't use a baby or a dog, since I have neither (wish I did….for the dog), but I do use random household things as weights for functional training. Example: I might put some books in a suitcase and carry it up and down stairs for 20 minutes or something.

  • Megan July 29, 2009, 10:17 am

    I have essentially the same question as Adrianna. I feel like I don't really know what is the proper calorie range for me given my activity level, and I am afraid of eating too much so I think sometimes I may eat too little. I am concerned that this is leading me to train my metabolism to get used to a certain amount of food, when maybe I should be shooting for a higher number and it will adjust. What would an R.D. suggest? For example, I am one of those people who probably eats 1400-1500 calories a day on average, but I exercise at least 30-45 minutes every day (run or bike ride) and have a desk job. Any input would be appreciated.

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