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RD Q&A (vol. 34) + Winter Wonderland Photos

Karen: What are the nutritional differences between farm raised and wild salmon. Is it worth the splurge to buy the wild or is the farm raised just as good for you?

Prevention RD: Great question! Farm raised salmon are generally fattier, though lower in the desired omega 3 fatty acids. Fish farming is a concept that is running into the same struggles of traditional “feed lot”. What are the fist eating? How are the fish staying healthy (i.e. antibiotics and pesticides)? So many other questions come to mind. When the salmon are kept in a predetermined area, they do not swim or “exercise” as much as their wild counterparts. Consequently, the salmon are fattier. To put this all in perspective, farmed salmon is still considered a great protein choice with lots of nutritional punch…but wild is preferred if comparing the two. Hope that helps!


Katie: I guess this really isn’t a question, but I read this article today and found it very interesting: http://todayhealth.today.com/_news/2013/01/24/16664866-fat-shaming-may-curb-obesity-bioethicist-says?lite. You must have some thoughts on this!  I don’t think it is a good idea to “shame” people into losing weight, personally, but maybe we should at least stop glorifying Honey Boo Boo and mayonnaise so much!

Prevention RD: (my email back to Katie) Hi! I love it – great piece. Very interesting. The point on smoking rates plummeting is interesting and valid, but just as the article went on to explain, smoking is a habit, not a person. Plus, people have to eat…multiple times each day to survive and for best health, ironically. There are so many wrong choices to make in a day. I wholeheartedly agree with you, though…shaming is not the answer. Overeating generally has a root cause, much of which is sadness, depression, poor self-esteem, etc. Contributing further to those negative thoughts is very clearly not the answer. As for Honey Boo Boo…oh my heavens. What a wreck – no need to glorify the repulsive, no doubt!

Would love to hear YOUR thoughts on “fat shaming” — please chime in!


Trudy: Hi Nicole! I’m interested in learning more about your cookbook. I know that for sale on Amazon, but what can we, as your readers, expect to find recipes for? I’m excited to get a copy!

Prevention RD: Hi Trudy…pinch me! It’s hard to believe that this is all happening and yet, August seems so far off (I know it’s not, but it sure seems that way!). My editor is putting the final touches on the book and words cannot express how in love I am with the result. The look is clean, fresh, and very “me”. As for what’s inside, I went very broad. While all the recipes are “healthy”, I aim to please lots of folks by including everything from vegetarian and vegan recipes, to low-fat, l0w-carb, dairy-free, and so on. The cookbook is divided into sections and will feature everything from appetizers to breakfast! There are 100 recipes in the cookbook, each with an accompanying color photo (taken by me). I think I’m most excited to share the Edamame, Avocado, and Ricotta Bean Dip,  Caprese Quinoa Patties with Balsamic Ricotta, and Whole Wheat Banana-Chocolate Waffle recipes. I’m soooooo excited and I hope you love your copy! 😀


Here’s a few shots of our lovely Michigan weather! I love the views from my dining room and porch 🙂



Work & cooking class tonight…off I go!

Be well,


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  1. February 6, 2013 / 8:26 am

    Fat shaming people into thinness? Of course! It has to work! I mean, obviously now there is no sort of social stigma attached to obesity. Society loves obese people, idolizes them, and doesn’t allow them to feel any shame for their body size so no wonder they are so fat.
    Oh, wait. . .

  2. February 6, 2013 / 8:46 am

    Trust me, fat people shame themselves enough without making even MORE socially acceptable for others to do so. I can replay every insult ever hurled my way (though honestly I can count them on one hand) but the thousands of people calling me an inspiration for losing over 200 lbs with diet and exercise tends to fade into the background. It’s human nature. To have even more shaming thoughts taking up head space will not encourage me to start/keep on a healthy journey.

    “Free range fat people?!” What are we, barnyard animals!?!?! And that was from someone who is supposedly on the side of fat people. Awesome.

  3. February 6, 2013 / 9:50 am

    Fat shaming? I read that article a few days ago. I think those of us who need to loose weight shame ourselves daily. Clearly, this is not an answer to the problem. I agree with you on the Honey Boo Boo thing…disgusting.

    I know this isn’t an official question, but I read this today on facebook and stopped for a moment. Is this statement true? “FAT is the terrorist of degenerative disease. Yes humans need some but fats are available in all fruits and veggies, when you eat a volume of whole food you will get enough fats in your diet.” I have never heard of ALL fruits and veggies containing enough fat in them to cover your daily needs. Thanks Nicole!

  4. February 6, 2013 / 10:42 am

    I dont think fat shaming is an approach to help solve obesity because we already live in society where people are facing so many humiliation and name-calling. I think acts like these cause obese people to get more frustrated and lose hope because there are only so many of us who are bold enough to fight such cruel behavior and make drastic changes in life to lose weight. And we all know that obesity is an multi factorial process and giving obese patient a positive support, more education, access to dietitian counseling services more easily, and encouragement probably helps and as a nation we need to be proactive starting from food industry, legislative, workplace, family environment etc. Thanks Nicole for another very educational RD QA.

  5. Katie
    February 6, 2013 / 10:50 am

    I really don’t think shame helps anyone fix anything. People don’t decide to change something about themselves based on shame, it is more complicated than that. It is also really, really difficult to decide to change your entire lifestyle through diet and exercise. I set my alarm every morning to get up and exercise. Some days I actually, some days I don’t and I usually feel bad about it. That isn’t enough to make me extra motivated though. Pretty sure positive reinforcement is the best way to do things!

    About farmed salmon-it is also really bad for the environment and not sustainable. The fish are cramped and dirty, swimming in there own feces, and fed an altered diet. Farmed salmon actually has to have color added to it to make it pink. Wild salmon is pink/red due to their natural diet. Avoid farmed or “Atlantic” salmon! Stock up on wild salmon when it’s on sale and freeze it.

  6. February 6, 2013 / 11:26 am

    Love these posts, as always! ๐Ÿ™‚ The snow looks absolutely beautiful, but I’d be terrified to drive in it!

  7. February 6, 2013 / 11:50 am

    I don’t think shaming is the answer but we shouldn’t draw attention to people (honey boo boo is the perfect example) and glorify them in a way.
    But as someone pointed out, I think those that are overweight often have negative body images and shame themselves in a way. They don’t need it from others on top of it. I think being a positive influence works best!!!

  8. February 7, 2013 / 7:40 am

    As always, I have a few comments ๐Ÿ™‚ First off, your house looks amazing! I love the dining set up.
    Also, have you checked the USDA food database? According to that website farm-raised salmon actually has more omega-3. Isn’t that weird? I’ve looked at it several times, and clicked out several farm-raised salmons, and they all seem to have more omega-3 (although I don’t really know where they get their data, and on the same note they also hav emore omega-6).

    Fat shaming. Ugh. It’s pathetic. I went to a Columbus Dietetic Association meeting last night all about it…..

    • Nicole, RD
      February 8, 2013 / 10:20 am

      That is crazy. I wonder if it’s because they’re fed fish feed that contains omega 3’s…kind of like what they do with chickens and their eggs??

  9. February 7, 2013 / 12:00 pm

    Fat shaming? Really? I don’t even know what to say. It’s just entirely unnecessary and awful.

    Your house is beautiful btw. Those pictures are amazing.

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