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Nutrition Genius Radio

You’ve probably heard that laughing is good for your health and can even extend your life.

I’m guessing I added a few extra months – maybe years – to my life from laughing so much in my (second) interview with fellow real food dietitians, Sassy (Laura Ligos) and Pearl (Marie Bieber), from Team Nutrition Genius and hosts of the always entertaining podcast, Nutrition Genius Radio.

(Catch my first appearance on Nutrition Genius Radio here.)

If you need a little break from work, want something entertaining (and educational) to listen to on your evening walk, or just can’t get enough insider insight into the complex world of prenatal nutrition, check out this interview.

I guarantee a few chuckles, especially if you listen all the way to the end.

Expect jokes about dad bods, hanger (explained in detail in this post), and my new official title: “Fetus Genius.”

(And a not-so-mini celebration over the Dietary Guidelines dropping two publicly defamed, but totally healthy, nutrients from their “nutrients of concern” list.)

But in all seriousness, here are some legitimate highlights from my power hour at Nutrition Genius Radio:

  • What is gestational diabetes (the most succinct definition I’ve given yet)
  • How to reduce risk of developing gestational diabetes
  • The purple elephant in the room: Weight
    • If you’re overweight, how soon should you lose weight prior to pregnancy?
    • Controversy surrounding large babies (macrosomia). How big is too big? Are all “big babies” unhealthy? Is gestational diabetes the only cause of big babies?
    • How much weight you should gain during pregnancy? Is it ever safe to lose weight during pregnancy? (and 3 dietitians ranting about BMI as a measure of health)
  • Should pregnant women count calories? (You might guess my answer from this post)
  • An example of a conventional gestational diabetes breakfast and why this breakfast is unethical dietetics practice in my opinion (and what I’d suggest for breakfast instead – Whatever you do, don’t make the “healthy breakfast mistake“)
  • The not-so-solid science behind standard carbohydrate recommendations for pregnant women (explored in detail in Chapter 11 of Real Food for Gestational Diabetes + past interviews, including this one with Robb Wolf)
  • The fatally flawed rat study on ketosis and pregnancy (you won’t believe the source of fat for these poor pregnant rat mamas!)

Listen in on Stitcher or iTunes (episode 44 of Nutrition Genius Radio)

Just a heads up if you’re short on time – Sassy and Pearl introduced me at the 9:30 min mark (but of course you can expect the intro to be entertaining, too)!

We also chat a bit about the Real Food for Gestational Diabetes Course (it’s 100% online program for moms dealing with GD – details here) and the FREE 3-part gestational diabetes video training series available at

Until next week,

PS – Before you go, I’d love to hear about your favorite part of this interview in the comments below.

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Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition and exercise. Her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and unapologetically critical of outdated dietary guidelines. She is the author of two bestselling books, Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes.

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