JessCording2Welcome! Welcome! I am a registered dietitian (RD) and health communications writer based in New York City.

This blog began in 2009  when I went back to school to get my Masters in nutrition. It was created to act as a space for thoughts, observations, and other events and issues I encountered during my course of study.

One of my favorite things about working in nutrition is that it allows me to use both sides of my brain to make connections between the mind and body using diet as a link. When you’re well fed and feeling good, everything works better. Eating well doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful, and my goal is to help people prove it to themselves.

Though I know what it’s like to wish for more hours in a day, I believe in making time for yourself to actually sit down and enjoy a meal. I try to keep it as real as possible—no weird diet products, no impossible-to-find ingredients. I do not have a bread maker or a standing mixer. Maybe one day.

Though my training has been very clinical, I maintain a healthy respect for the as-yet-unproved— Keeping up on new developments is one of my top priorities. I currently divide my time between clinical work and counseling private clients.

I have also written for The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics‘ Food and Nutrition Magazine and the Greater New York Dietetic Association, among other organizations. I have been a regular contributor at websites such as  Organic Wine Journal and FYI Living.  You can also find me on an iPad application called Trufflehead!

Feel free to email me at keepingitrealfood(at) gmail.com.

attempted “action photo,” taken by a colleague



19 thoughts on “About

    agirlandhercarrot said:
    March 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Hey Jess!
    Found you on Foodpress with that oatmeal! I make almost an identical oatmeal, carrots and all. Yum! I’m a dietitian as well. Where are you studying for your MS? Small world! Great site, happy cooking!

    Kath (My Funny Little Life) said:
    June 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Jess! I just found your blog a minute ago, and I’m excited to read more! I especially appreciate your openness towards new ideas, I believe they have to be given a real chance, even if they’re still considered “unscientific”. Every scientific theory has once started as a hypothesis. 😉

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    Ameena said:
    October 11, 2011 at 4:05 am

    I love your stance on food…it sounds very similar to mine! No fake ingredients and I sit down for 99% of my meals.

    Great blog! I look forward to reading more.

    Marina@cowboycountryvegetarian said:
    January 31, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Love your blog, glad I found it. I am a big advocate for a real food, this we have in common.

      Jess responded:
      January 31, 2012 at 10:01 pm

      Nice to meet you 🙂

    haveyourcakeand said:
    October 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Hi Jess! I just stumbled across your blog and felt the need to say hello! I’m also a Dietetic Intern this year, I actually havent started rotations yet (2 weeks til foodservice management) so I’m just in the beginning! When did you start yours and how are you liking it??

    Karey at Nutty About Health said:
    January 3, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Hi! First time visiting your blog. I’m currently back in school to follow my passion of nutrition and eventually become an RD. I love how you are all for promoting real food & especially love your “respect for the as-yet-unproved”… I think that’s important. It seems too many Dietitians are too old-school & rigid with their thoughts… I don’t want to be one of those. I think more free-thinking would be helpful & can help more people…

      Jess responded:
      January 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Karey, and congrats on going back to school to follow your dream! When I was first deciding whether to get on the RD track, I realized it was important to me to get a solid clinical background as a jumping off point, if nothing else. It’s pretty exciting that there are so many things you can do as an RD today!

    Gaby said:
    February 5, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Hello! I just came upon your blog…I am currently in the middle of the DICAS application process! I am so confused on where to go for internship. Where are you completing your internship??

    eyechow said:
    March 25, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Hi, I love following your blog so I nominated you for a Leibster Blog Award! It’s easy and fun so hopefully you’ll enjoy it 🙂 check out eyechow.com today for the rules. I look forward to reading your responses! -Val

    Rob Moses Photography said:
    October 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Nice blog, I’ll stop in again 🙂

    Megan Hammis, RD said:
    January 2, 2014 at 2:38 am

    Hi Jess! I feel like we have the same vibe! I’m glad I stumbled upon your vibe looking through the What I Ate Wednesday posts today.

      Jess responded:
      January 2, 2014 at 2:41 am

      So nice to “meet” you, Megan! Always happy to see another RD in blog-world 🙂

    eyechow said:
    January 9, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Congratulations on the new layout, it looks amazing! I love your About page… so eloquent.

    PS- I have a bread-maker, so if I move to go back to school you can have it haha

      Jess responded:
      January 9, 2014 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks! It’s been a long time coming.
      Haha I will totally babysit your bread-maker if you move for school 🙂

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