This week we are talking with Lily Nichols. Lily is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based  prenatal nutrition. Her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and unapologetically critical of outdated dietary guidelines.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. Lily discusses the importance of unprocessed foods in family nutrition, tips for transitioning to a real food diet, and tips for picky eaters.

Listen as Lily shares:

  • She manages her own expectations & other’s expectations. 
  • What the hardest things are for families in managing their nutrition.
  • Her food philosophy & mindful eating
  • Importance of nutrient dense food.
  • What you should invest in if you are looking to change to an unprocessed food diet.
  • Benefits of batch cooking.
  • How to plan if you hate meal planning.
  • Importance of paying attention to your body after eating to see if food is working for you.
  • Fad diets and their pitfalls – moderation is the key to nutrition.
  • Women tend to drastically undereat protein. 
  • Key to staying fuller longer (Hint: Protein!).
  • Her evidence based Real Food plan for Gestational Diabetes & Pregnancy.


“Every age has its challenges and upsides. It’s all about just making sure that you set up your expectations to not be too high for any particular stage.”  – Lily Nichols

“Kids will all go through picky eating phases just to exert their independence, no matter how good you are about introducing a wide variety of flavors.” – Lily Nichols

“Well, this seems like the best decision for now.  Not sure if I’m going to regret this in 10 minutes, or 2 days, or 15 years from now.  But, I’m doing the best with what’s in front of me here.” – Lily Nichols

“We are all given blueprints for a healthy, uneventful pregnancy & healthy baby.  Nature wants us to succeed. We need to give it the raw materials to do so.” – Lily Nichols


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