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    A Letter to My Readers

    In February of 2013, I co-founded Dietitians for Professional Integrity with some of my dietitian colleagues (I am also the group’s Strategic Director). We advocate for ethical and socially responsible partnerships within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Follow us as we address a very troublesome issue negatively impacting the credential we worked so hard to earn. The group was formed after the publication of Michele Simon’s report on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, titled “And Now: A Word From Our Sponsors”, which I highly recommend you read for a thorough background on the topic. 

    Below are some articles — in reverse chronological order — I have written or been quoted in since I closed Small Bites in June of 2012:

    7 Burning Questions About Cooking Oils (ClaudiaZapata.com)

    Healthful Tips for the Grab & Go Lifestyle (Los Angeles Times)

    Think A Soda Tax is Regressive? Try Diabetes (BeyondChron)

    Expert Advice: Four Ways Nutritionists Maintain a Healthy Diet (WonderHowTo)

    Interview on WBEZ Morning Shift

    Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb: The Winner Is Neither (Civil Eats)

    OpenSky Fitness Podcast

    Bulletproof Coffee: Start of a Revolution or a Magic Elixir? (Food Navigator USA)

    Gallup: Americans Still Avoid Fat Over Carbs; RD Says Still Too Much Federal Emphasis on Fat (Food Navigator USA)

    The High Cost of Sitting Down With Industry (BeyondChron)

    Dietitians Take Aim At Food Industry Sponsorships (MedPage Today)

    House Bill Would Mandate Soda Tax; Voluntary Efforts Not Cutting It, Rep Says (Food Navigator USA)

    Processed Feud: How the Food Industry Shapes Nutrition (Civil Eats)

    Nutritionists Pan ASN Statement on Processed Foods (MedPage Today)

    Mexico Restricts Junk Food Ads; Time for Rethink on Advertising? (Food Navigator USA)

    ‘Dairy Junk Foods’ Under Fire in Report Highlighting Dramatic Shift in Dairy Consumption Patterns (Food Navigator USA)

    ’5 A Day’ Still Might Not Be Enough Fruit and Vegetables, Study Finds (Los Angeles Times)

    Study: Diet Soda Drinkers Lost More Weight than Water Drinkers (Los Angeles Times)

    McDonald’s Sponsors Nutrition Convention (Shape.com)

    An RD Explains Why All Foods Don’t Fit In A Healthy Diet: Andy Bellatti (BeyondChron.org)

    I Went to the Nutritionist’ Annual Confab. It Was Catered By McDonald’s (Mother Jones)

    Do All Foods Really Fit In A Healthy Diet? (BeyondChron.org)

    Why There’s So Much Confusion Over Nutrition and Fitness (Lifehacker)

    Nutrition Label 2.0: Bigger, Bolder, Better (Civil Eats)

    Lessons on Salt For Dietitians… by a Chip Maker (Associated Press)

    Food Makers Replace Chemical Additives with Compounds Found in Nature (Healthline)

    Front Groups: Big Food’s Behind-the-Scenes Strategy (Huffington Post)

    Marketing Masquerading as Science (Inspired RD)

    Appearance on “Angriest Trainer” Podcast

    There’s No Reason to Drink Urine (VICE Magazine)

    Soda Tax Myths: “Soda Taxes Distract from Real Issues (Beyond Chron)

    FDA to Update Nutrition Labels (Food Navigator)

    Box Tops Help Big Food’s Bottom Line (Civil Eats)

    Which Top-Rated Diets Are Unhealthy? (She Knows)

    This Study Is Brought to You By… (Inspired RD)

    Is Gluten Really to Blame? (She Knows)

    What Should I Look For on a Nutrition Label? (Lifehacker)

    The 2015 Dietary Guidelines: RDs’ Wish List (Food Navigator USA)

    Food Firms Say 6.5 Trillion Fewer Calories  Sold In 2012 Than In 2007 (Los Angeles Times)

    Yes, You Can Lose Weight Eating Nothing But McDonald’s, But That’s Not the Point (Huffington Post)

    USDA Clears the Way for Corn, Soybeans Able to Withstand an Herbicide in Agent Orange (Healthline)

    DIY “Soylent”: Should You Make Your Own Food Substitute? (Lifehacker)

    Study Shows Consumer Confusion on OJ, Sugar Content (The Ledger)

    Lifehacker 2013 Holiday Podcast (Lifehacker)

    Know Your Front Groups, Food Politics Aficionados! (Inspired RD)

    What is the Best Alternative to Milk? (Lifehacker)

    Americans’ Eating Habits Worst Since 2008, ‘Systemic Change’ Needed, RD Says (Food Navigator USA)

    Coke’s “Cap the Tap” Campaign Campaign Contradicts Its Social Responsibility Aims (Non-Profit Quarterly)

    AND Dismisses Report Saying Sponsors Exert ‘Vice Grip’ Over FNCE (Food Navigator USA)

    The Food Ties That Bind: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2013 Conference (Huffington Post)

    Coca-Cola’s Assault on Tap Water (Civil Eats)

    Interview with Julieanna Hever, MS, RD, about Dietitians For Professional Integrity (Plant Based Dietitian)

    Let’s Move and Drink Up: Ripped-from-the-Headlines Food Politics (Inspired RD)

    Children Are Eating Too Much Sugar, but Halloween is Not to Blame (Huffington Post)

    FNCE Keynote Anti-GMO Urban Elites Peddle “Old McDonald” Fantasy (Food Navigator USA)

    Dietitians For Professional Integrity on Corporate Sponsorship at AND (Food Navigator USA)

    Dietitians object to group’s ties with Big Food (San Antonio Express)

    10 Health Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science (Lifehacker)

    Waiter, There’s Politics in my Food! (Inspired RD)

    Four Healthwashing Pitfalls to Watch Out For (Eating Rules)

    OJ Under Siege: Is Orange Juice Too Sweet for Its Own Good? (The Ledger)

    Star Athletes like LeBron, Serena Cash In on Junk Food Endorsement (Los Angeles Times)

    Let’s Retire These Damaging Mainstream Nutrition Beliefs, Please (Huffington Post)

    How Can I Eat Well While Working From Home? (Lifehacker)

    Take Sodium Reduction Advice With a Grain of Salt (Civil Eats)

    The Trick to Eating Healthy When You’re Eating Out, Beyond Common Sense (Lifehacker)

    Bill Proposes Radical Changes to Food Label (Food Navigator USA)

    Seeking Longevity? Eat Real Food (Huffington Post)

    Coke Launches New Health Campaign (CBC Radio)

    Coke to Defend Safety of Aspartame in New Ad (Associated Press)

    How Big Food Has Co-opted America’s Top Nutrition Group (AlterNet)

    Should AND Sever Its Ties with Junk Food Corporate Sponsors? (Food Navigator USA)

    McDonald’s and Coke Should Not Sponsor Dietitian Association, Petition Says (Chicago Tribune)

    Ultrarunner Rich Roll’s interview of me for his podcast (Free ITunes download HERE).

    The Latest McFib: “Our Food is Healthy” (Civil Eats)

    What You Don’t Know About Processed Food (Huffington Post)

    To Eat Quinoa, Or Not to Eat Quinoa? That Is The Question (Inspired RD)

    How The Obesity Focus Hurts the Health Movement (Huffington Post)

    How Did My Profession’s Conference Get Hijacked By Big Food? (Appetite for Profit)

    The 4 Biggest Food Stories of 2012 — And What They Taught Us (Huffington Post)

    The Big Oversight in Our Obesity Conversation (Civil Eats)

    Aisle Be Damned: How Big Food Dominates  Your Supermarket Choices (Grist)

    It’s Time For an R.D. Revolution (Eating Rules)

    Dietitians Call for Integrity (Civil Eats)

    Will the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Stand up for its Members? (Weighty Matters)

    11 Superfoods You Should Know About (Real Simple Magazine)

    Is Big Biz Influencing Dietitians? (San Antonio Express)

    Who gives the best nutrition advice? Registered dietitians face new competition (Chicago Tribune)

    You can also keep  up on my latest projects and writing by following me on Twitter.

    Original Message From June 2012 below:

    Hi Friends,

    When I started this blog five years ago (1,998 posts ago!), I never imagined it would be so fulfilling and nourishing.

    Small Bites not only gave me a platform to share my views and upset the nutrition world’s apple cart, but also connected me with people in 105 countries. This blog opened doors for me I didn’t even think I could knock on.

    I have always valued speaking one’s truth. And, right now, my truth is that my time and mental energy need to be focused in a slightly different direction.

    I am not disappearing. I will continue to write and regularly contribute to this country’s discussion on issues of food, nutrition, and food policy. And, of course, my Twitter account will remain highly active. I have not lost my passion or drive; it’s simply become clear to me that it is time to close this particular chapter.

    To all you Registered Dietitians in training: please remember that you  have a voice. We are nutrition professionals, not food industry public relations experts. Don’t allow yourselves to be bullied into silence by industry shills, and don’t ever allow “the science” (often paid for by those with deep pockets) to trump common sense.  Our profession’s reputation is hanging by a thread, and we desperately need people to show the world Registered Dietitians are not Big Food’s and Big Ag’s puppets.

    To everyone else: thank you for your support of Small Bites over the past five years. Onward and upward! There is more to come.

    PS: This blog is one of my  proudest accomplishments, and I will leave it up so it can continue to be a one-of-a-kind resource for anyone who wants nutrition information with a unique voice and an approach that takes into account the politics that shape our food system.

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    37 Comments

    1. Daniel said on June 21st, 2012

      Andy, I just want to thank you for being a role model for the kind of RD I would like to become some day. I like your attitude and your enthusiasm toward challenging what is commonly accepted as “the word” and always digging deeper to provide people with accurate and useful information. I want to be a non-conventional RD, I want to recommend things outside of MyPlate for living a healthy life, and your style of writing and education has inspired me to do just that. Keep doing your job as well as you do it now; you’re a leader in our field!

      Daniel

    2. Barry said on June 21st, 2012

      Bummer, but progress must happen. You’ve been a great inspiration for me. Best.

      Barry

    3. admin said on June 21st, 2012

      Thank you, Barry. I’ve really appreciated your support and sharing of my posts.

    4. admin said on June 21st, 2012

      Daniel,

      I really appreciate your note. Please feel free to reach out to me whenever you want.

    5. Nilsa said on June 21st, 2012

      Very bittersweet to read this. This blog is such an example of self-less passion and always written from your heart <3 Love you and can't wait to see where your passions take you.

      Word to live by: If you are feeling froggy you better not jump.

      xoxo,
      PILSY

    6. anne said on June 21st, 2012

      ;( Anyone else’s blogs you can recommend to fill in the void?

    7. Andrea Lurie said on June 21st, 2012

      So sorry to see the blog ending, but wishing you great success in your future endeavors. Thank you for keeping the blog up – it has been such a great resource for me and my clients and students. I know we will continue to refer to it. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion with us.

    8. Lauren said on June 21st, 2012

      Ohhh, my heart is aching. :( I will very much miss your blog posts, but I wish you well! Will you still be tweeting?

    9. Meredith @ DareYouTo said on June 21st, 2012

      No, thank YOU. Small Bites probably the first nutrition blog I ever read religiously, and I always learned something new and valuable. Since then, I’ve continued learning, reading, seeking out the truth, and applying your principles to my eating. Thanks for sparking my interest and satisfying my curiosity. Good luck in your future endeavors!

    10. Bruce Bradley said on June 21st, 2012

      Andy:

      You were one of the first bloggers I connected with. Your voice will be sorely missed, although I’m sure it will be heard in many new ways and places!

      All my best,

      Bruce

    11. Vanessa said on June 21st, 2012

      Will miss your blog posts terribly. But, I am comforted by the fact that you will be making a difference out there. Wish you much success and thank you for all your work :)

    12. admin said on June 21st, 2012

      Hi Anne,

      Check out the “Blogs Worth Bookmarking” on the right-hand side of the page.

    13. admin said on June 21st, 2012

      Andrea,

      Thank you. And, yes, Small Bites is definitely staying online. Many of the posts will still be applicable and relevant years from now, and I have no doubt many others will continue to learn and think a little more critically as a result. Thank you for all your support.

    14. admin said on June 21st, 2012

      Thank you, Lauren. I won’t be tweeting as frequently as I once did, but I am certainly not shutting down my Twitter account. I may even do Twitter chats once in a while!

    15. admin said on June 21st, 2012

      Meredith,

      When I first started this blog in 2007, my goal was to inspire people and play some sort of role in raising awareness. Your comment makes me realize I was able to do that. Thank you very much for sharing that with me, and thank you for the kind words.

    16. admin said on June 21st, 2012

      Bruce,

      My fellow Real Food comrade! So glad you are helping to enlighten many and sharing your insights. Being one of Grist’s most read articles last year along with you was a highlight. I’ll certainly stay tuned to your blog.

    17. admin said on June 21st, 2012

      Thank you, Vanessa. It is RDs like you who give me hope in our profession. Thanks for all your support through the years.

    18. Arturo said on June 21st, 2012

      Andy,

      I am so thankful for you and your blog. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge and insightful perspective. You have inspired me in so many ways. Best wishes in all your future endeavors!

      Arturo

    19. Raquel said on June 22nd, 2012

      So sad to hear this, yet excited for your new prospects. Best wishes, Andy. Keep us posted on your new happenings, and thank you for being a sane voice of reason amongst the drone of the sadly misinformed and uneducated masses.

    20. Chelsey @ Chew with Your Mouth Open said on June 22nd, 2012

      Andy! You are going to be dearly missed. Your candidness and ability to follow what you believe in a field where we are expected to think one way (and one way only) has been such an inspiration for me, as I know it has for many others as well! The nutrition blogging world will not be the same without, but I look forward to reading about your future successes and wish you nothing but the best! You deserve it! :)

    21. Hannah said on June 22nd, 2012

      I found your blog a little over a year ago through a link in a post about what good chocolate is. The way I eat, cook, and shop for food hasn’t been the same since. The information here started me down a path of serious health, nutrition, and political awareness that has sparked similar changes in the people around me as they saw the improvements in my life. It is amazing how simple eating well can be and what it will do for you physically and mentally.

      Thank you for everything you have shared, it’s been a pleasure to read!

    22. Momma Jo said on June 22nd, 2012

      You have been a gracious and kind RD blogger.

      I tell folks you would be a son that would make parents proud.

      Chris and I are very happy good things are happening in your life.

      Good Luck and many blessings! Momma Jo and Chris

    23. General Healthy said on June 22nd, 2012

      Andy,

      You are fine soldier of truth. I’ve enjoyed following you into the battles for truth in health and nutrition and it’ll be a little scarier, dangerous, and lonely out there without you on the front lines. Good luck in your endeavors. And, thanks for your passion and inspiration!

      General Healthy

    24. Savannah said on June 22nd, 2012

      Andy, you inspired me to go to school to study nutrition. I wish you the best of luck in your future in your career as well as your personal life. Thank you for being an inspiration, a source of knowledge, and a public voice.

    25. Laura said on June 22nd, 2012

      Will you still be tweeting? I hope so! I’ll really miss your blog!

    26. Mary said on June 22nd, 2012

      I just discovered your blog last week. It is awesome. I am sorry it won’t be continued, but it looks like I can still find lots to read on it. Thank you!

    27. Vegetable Gardener Cook said on June 22nd, 2012

      Well thank you for all the great information you’ve posted! Speaking of, please keep us posted and let us know what you’re up to!

    28. Diane said on June 22nd, 2012

      I tuned in rather late but long enough to appreciate the info you shared in that time. Will definitely remember this page as a trusted point of reference ;-)

      All the best with your future endeavours!
      From an Australian in Belgium ;-Diane

    29. Sarah said on June 23rd, 2012

      Thank you so much for making nutrition such a great component in my life, Andy.

      We’ll miss you <3

    30. Janel said on June 27th, 2012

      Thanks for making this blog such a trustworthy resource, Andy. I look forward to seeing big things from you!

    31. Yenny said on June 28th, 2012

      You are wonderful. I look forward to hearing from you soon :)

    32. Bobbie {the vegan crew} said on July 8th, 2012

      Say it ain’t so! I’ve enjoyed reading and learning from your blog (and I often turn to it as a reference). I’ll miss seeing new posts pop up in my reader, but all the best wishes in your future endeavors!

    33. Rachel said on July 17th, 2012

      Thank you for writing such an inspiring blog with so much wonderful information! You have inspired me to go back to school and become an RD. I hope to be able to accomplish even half of what you have done with this blog. Thanks again and best wishes!

    34. Billy Dayton said on July 30th, 2012

      This blog has been amazing! Continue what you’ve been doing! Your supporters/readers are always here for you!

    35. Ross Kennedy, MPH, MSNW, RD, LDN said on August 16th, 2012

      You’ve done a great job with thsi blog Andy. And you’re right, I’ve seen your name pop up here and there. Keep up the good work. I’m sure we’ll cross paths in the future.

    36. Rita said on October 13th, 2012

      You can’t go. I just got here!

    37. Esther said on December 26th, 2012

      Congrats! Great blog.

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