Author Archives: Elizabeth Braithwaite MPH RD

Elizabeth is the content author for the MyDietSteps™ app. She is a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Public Health degree from UCLA and has worked in nutrition for 30 years. For the past 25 years Elizabeth has specialized in nutritional software and databases, and has developed a unique understanding of nutritional standards and how to apply them. For MyDietSteps™, she has integrated information from food group and nutrient standards to bring consumers comprehensive, personalized nutrition information that they can apply to their daily lives. The information has been carefully researched and builds upon the resources listed in the first Welcome! blog.

Total Diet Approach to Healthy Eating

Your total diet is the combination of all of the beverages and foods that you eat. In this month’s Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the academy published a position paper endorsing a total diet approach to healthy eating.  The position states that “the total diet or overall pattern of food eaten is […]

Choose Nutrient Dense Foods!

Nutrient dense foods? These are foods that provide vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, without additional calories from added fats, sugars and refined starches. Vegetables, fruit, whole grain breads, lean meats, beans, and low fat milk products are all nutrient dense foods if prepared without added fat and sugar. Meeting your nutrient needs using the MyPlate […]

How Much Exercise Do You Need?

Exercise is important! Exercise burns calories, and is important to help regulate calorie balance in the body. If you burn more calories that you take in, you will lose weight. If you take in more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. Exercise can also improve quality of life by helping to relieve stress, […]

Weight Loss and You

Can I lose weight and follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans? Yes! The Dietary Guidelines teach how to eat food that supplies the nutrients you need and allows you to attain and maintain a healthy weight. Adults with a BMI of 25 or over may benefit from gradual weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week. […]

Vitamins and Minerals and You

Do bigger people need more vitamins and minerals than smaller people? Not necessarily! Vitamin and mineral needs are determined by age and gender, and do not consider body size. For example, a 30 year old female that is 5’0″ tall and weighs 100 pounds has the same vitamin and mineral needs as a female that […]