Monday, November 5, 2012

The NEW Candid RD

The Candid RD is back!  After a brief blogging hiatus my mind is refreshed and my blogger "pallet" is clean.  I'm ready for a new start.  Are you ready to join me?!

I did something very important while I was gone.  I married the man of my dreams.

We were married on the beach in Bald Head Island, North Carolina

Yes, we are HUGE Ohio State Buckeye Fans!

With wedding planning no longer taking up all of my time, I'm ready to get back into the world of blogging, but I'm starting with a (somewhat) new format. 

My focus with this blog has always been to make nutrition simple, understandable, and unambiguous.  The article abstract below, which can only be read in full by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics members, reiterates the fact that dietitians have an important responsibility to assist in clearing up the false food/nutrition/health information that is so easy to get a hold of in today's crazy world.

 Source: (The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)

There is inaccurate information about nutrition, food, and health everywhere, and dietitians are constantly looking for ways to convince people that not everything they hear is true (even if their doctor, or Dr. Oz says it is).  I do not believe that I know everything about nutrition, but my goal still remains the same; I will strive each and every day to clear up the confusion that surrounds the topic of nutrition and health,  and to make a healthy diet and lifestyle more achievable for anyone who is interested (hopefully, you!).

The following is my plan for this blog; 


Motivational Monday: Mondays are the start of the week, so why not start off on the right foot?! I'll provide motivational quotes, the latest research that may motivate you to start making a healthy change, and helpful tips on how to get into the "healthy eating groove" and/or how to get up and get moving!

Source: iStockPhoto


Meatless MondayI'm a huge fan of meat, I'll admit it, but I also love knowing that there are so many great recipes out there with zero meat/poultry/fish, but which still contain plenty of filling protein.  Some of my favorite meatless meal components are tempeh, beans, and portobella mushrooms.  I'll share some of my favorite recipes with you, so you can see for yourself!

This is a Tempeh Salad Sandwich.  See my vegetarian recipes on the sidebar of this blog!


Confused Day Tuesday:  The public hears conflicting messages about food, nutrition, and health each and every day.  One day fructose is fine, the next it makes us fat. One day low-fat is the way to go, the next day it's low-carb.  One day margarine is better than butter, the next day we're told to throw out all of our margarine.  One day vitamin E supplements promote brain function, the next day it promotes heart attacks.  What should we believe?!  My Tuesday posts will be focused on clearing up those nutrition and food-related topics that cause so much confusion (and most of the time they will be topics about which even dietitians can be confused!).

So much information.....what should we believe?!


Whatever Wednesday:  On Wednesday I will post ... whatever I feel like posting! It may be a new favorite recipe (I like quick and easy recipes) or a blurb about a recent nutrition-related article.  Who knows!?


Thrifty Thursday: When it comes to educating people on how to eat healthier, and live healthier lifestyles, I like to focus on doing so in a realistic and frugal manor.  I'm not cheap, but I did grow up with an accountant father who taught me how to spend my money wisely, and a mother who taught me that no food should ever be wasted, and that I should look for deals wherever I can!  Thursdays will focus on how I eat healthy on a budget, and how you can too.
Money is certainly not everything, but if you can find ways to live healthy without spending all of your money on food, why not do it?!


FAQ Friday!I've been asked so many nutrition and food-related questions via Twitter (@CandidRD) Facebook  (The Candid RD), e-mail,  MyFitnessPal , and Instagram (TheCandidRD) and obviously, in person. On Fridays I want to share the questions and my answers with YOU!

 Please feel free to e-mail me your questions and I can add them to my weekly postings.

Question: What can I do about my picky eater?!

Question: What do I eat if I have IBS? Do you have recipes for the Low Fodmap Diet?!

Question:  I used MyFitness Pal.  Should I really eat those extra calories I burn during my workout?

These posts will also include information about the Low FODMAPs diet (FODMAPs Friday!), which is a diet for those with IBS. I've been following a low FODMAPs diet for several years now, and it's changed my life (for the better).  My recipes are often not 100% FODMAPs-free (that's difficult, especially when you live in an Italian household!), but I do provide modifications for you to make them at least lower in FODMAPs, which is often all you need to feel better!


Saturday Sabotage:  Have you noticed that even your local hardware store now sells candy bars?  Have you noticed that it's almost impossible to go out for dinner or go to a dinner party without consuming more than 1000 calories?  On Saturdays I'll provide examples of how our environment (and...ahem...weekends!!) can sabotage your health and wellness goals, and how to avoid the sabotage.

Saturday Swap:  On some Saturdays I will post recipes that you can swap for your favorite weekend treat.  An example might be a new healthier dip for your chips, or a healthier holiday dessert for your weekend holiday party.  This is just another way to help you dodge the sabotage!

NOTE:  I'm not planning on posting every Saturday, but when I have something to post, I will.

Our environment makes it very difficult to stick to our goals! (Photo source: iStockPhotos) 

I will not be posting every day, as I have a full time job, and....a husband :)  But, I am going to try to post at least 4 times a week and I look forward to being your source for accurate and understandable nutrition information.

Thanks for reading!

The Candid Rd
NOTE: I love comments!  But, be sure to come back to read any replies to questions or comments, as they do not go directly to your e-mail.


  1. Yay! I'm so glad you are back in the blogging world :) I missed you! Your wedding pictures came out amazing and I'm so glad you guys had such a perfect day. :)

  2. So happy to see you back here! I LOOOVE the wedding pictures- especially that second one! just priceless!

  3. She's baaaack! YAYAYAYAYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the new line up!

  4. welcome back!!!! congratulations!!! And I love the new format, can't wait to start reading them!! :)

  5. Welcome back to blogging! Lindsay from the Lean Green Bean referred me to your blog because you talk about low-FODMAPs and IBS. I have IBS right now and have decided to do the fodmap elimination/challenge portion to see what my triggers are. I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog!! :) Congrats on the marriage, too! :D

    1. I will be posting LOTS of low fodmaps recipes, so stay tuned!! And feel free to e-mail me with questions, as I've been on this diet for over four years now. I hope you're liking it and it's making you feel better!

  6. Ahh Gina, congrats on your marriage!! So exciting. And welcome back to the blogging world :)

  7. Yay it is so good to have you back!!!!! I am really excited to read all your upcoming posts.

  8. So glad to see you back, Gina! I'm slowly getting back into blogging as well.

    CONGRATS on the wedding! I love, love. love the purple theme! Looks like it was a beautiful day. (((HUGS)))

  9. Welcome back and congratulations on your nuptials. I like the new format and look forward to learning more from your blog.

    I think a big lot of us took some time off to recoup and regroup.

  10. Welcome back! I'm still on a VERY long blog hiatus due to grad school. Looking forward to your new posts (and some wedding details mayyybe??)

    1. Hi Hallie! So...the wedding was wonderful. Friend me on FB to see more pictures (Gina Casagrande). I hope yours was great too!!

  11. First off, congrats on getting married! Looks like you had a great time. Although...I cannot say I'm an Ohio State fan, being from the Hawkeye State, but I'll forgive ya:)

  12. Welcome back!!!! Your wedding photos are gorgeous!

    I like your plan for your blog! The little blogging break has really re-energized you! :)

  13. Awesome to see you back, and congratulations on the wedding. That looks like a pretty awesome schedule you have lined up. Looking forward to reading more of your great posts.


  15. WELCOME BACK!!!!! Love the pics, but I have seen them already! You are beautiful!!! I'm very excited about your line up of topics! 4 posts a week? That is a lot! I'm lucky to get 4 a month!!! :) I'm happy to have your Candid view back!! Luck and kisses!!!


  17. YAY!!!!! I'm so excited for your new format (and, of course, the fact that you're posting!!) Congratulations again on your marriage!! It looked beautiful, and so did you!

    Can't wait to read your new posts :)

  18. Glad you're back! Your schedule looks great

    Congrats on your wedding; your pictures look so pretty on the beach :)

  19. Glad to see you back and posting. Looking forward to what you have in store :D

    And congrats on the wedding!

  20. Yay, you're back!!! BEAUTIFUL wedding pics!! So excited that you're blogging again!

  21. Love the themes and can't wait for the posts!

  22. I am so excited you are back! Congrats on the wedding, already enjoying the new posts! :)

  23. Congratulations on the wedding! I just celebrated my first anniversary with Hubs last month! :D