In February of 2013, I created Dietitians for Professional Integrity, a new group co-founded with 15 dietitian colleagues. 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 I have written or been quoted in since Small Bites closed down in June of 2012:
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)
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)
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)
You can also keep up on my latest projects and writing by following me on Twitter.
Original Message From June 2012 below:
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.