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An author, columnist, media source, recipe developer, food enthusiast and registered dietitian, I help you boost your energy with realistic food solutions. What you eat today impacts how you live tomorrow. Food can be delish and nutrish — all on the same fork. Sign up right here to get my recipes!

I have spoken to thousands of people at dozens of conferences and webinars across the United States. My recipes and recommendations have been featured on Prevention.comCookingLight.comWomansDay.com, MensFitness.com, ReadersDigest.comLovoinc.com, Shape.com,FitnessMagazine.com, FilmJournal.com, FoodNetwork.com, Tillamook County Health MattersWeightWatchers.com, Southeast Dairy Industry Association, and Walnuts.org.

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You know you should “eat better.” Cut down on sugar and salt. Eat more lean protein and vegetables. It sounds easy enough, but are you confused and hungry for solid information? You’ve got an expert at your fingertips! LiveBest is a healthy living site devoted to simple solutions.  There is so much “noise” about healthy eating and how to do it. We all make food choices, but we’re typically not taught how to do it well. I spell it out in my webinar series and books Your 6-Week Guide to LiveBest, Simple Solutions for Fresh Food & Well-Being and LiveBest Seasonally, A Fresh Approach to a Life of Vitality where I help you turn good intentions into effective actions — to you get to where you want to be. The tagline of LiveBest is you must be present to win. That means showing up in your own life to live the life you want. Food nourishes you, but you can also feed your soul so that you set yourself up to have more of the good stuff.

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Discover how to transform your diet in just 6 weeks. For example, you’ll learn:

  • How to find fiber and nutrients you need
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  • Snack solutions that are actually good for you
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If you are looking for a quick way to lose weight, you should visit a different website. But after you do, and learn that “quick solutions” only result in weight loss followed by weight gain, then come back here and learn to LiveBest. I don’t count calories nor do I offer diets or dieting advice. What you will find are solutions and guidance on lifelong healthy living so you can live even better. Side note: My webinar helped one woman lose more than an inch around her waist and go off her blood pressure medication! And my book motivated one woman to begin the process to lose 100 pounds. Yes, 100 pounds! 

your-6-week-guide-to-livebest-PAGESMy passion is sharing the deliciousness of food with benefits! If you want delicious food to nourish your body and mind, you’re in the right spot.

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Scoop about Judy

I’m a longtime food enthusiast. I realized later that my interest was unique: most 10-year-olds don’t pore over the Betty Crocker Cookbook for a slumber party menu. I served ice cream-stuffed cantaloupe. I also won a blue ribbon at the Fair for my brownies. I no longer have the recipe, but do have the ribbon.

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As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I show people how to power pack their fork. I believe having good food in your life makes your life better. I know most people will never see a dietitian, but many are hungry for nutrition advice. You’ve got an expert at your fingertips!

I enjoy discovering local foods and am always on the lookout for my next best bite (check out my Travel Page to see my faves!). I’ve visited more than 27 countries and 45 states. I led tours to Italy where I taught the art of ordering and eating gelato. I am an adventurous beginning knitter, an explorer in the kitchen, a voracious reader, and an over-active planner.

Read my blog to see what I’m doing, cooking or eating—where—to LiveBest.

Background

My home: is in Wyoming. I’m a native Californian.

I’ve been in nutrition: More than 25 years. My first career was as a dental hygienist. I still haven’t been able to answer the question: Is it easier to get people to floss or improve their eating? But I do know that people need easy food solutions.

My favorite cuisine is: Italian, no, I mean French, non, make that Asian. I enjoy all types of food but I know this for sure: ice cream is my favorite dessert.

wheels upI am: A nomad. I love to travel and have been to more than 27 countries. I have just a few more states left that I’ve yet to visit. I am planning a trip around the world. I joke that I was born with a suitcase in my hand.

If I weren’t in nutrition: I’d be in the chorus line.

I start each day with: A cappuccino, walk with Beau, my 90-pound Lab/Shepherd mix, and an exercise DVD.

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Best meals

Besides great food, a cozy vibe that isn’t too loud. I’ve had lots of great meals, but this is my list as of now.

  1. I don’t remember what I ate, but this 6-table restaurant hit all the right notes, Il Cavatappi (The Corkscrew) Varenna, Italy.
  2. Halibut with fennel, leeks, basil and warm coriander vinaigrette, Chez Panisse, Berkeley, California.
  3. Baked cherries with taleggio cheese and grilled bread, Tasty and Sons, Portland, Oregon.
  4. Grilled cheese (your mother never made this sandwich, well, mine didn’t!) with Great Hill Blue Cheese, Vella Dry Jack and Humboldt Fog, Vertical, Teton Village, Jackson, Wyoming.
  5. BBQ Duck taco-filled blue cornmeal pancakes, Mesa Grill, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Unique eating experience: A dinner guest at a Hutterite Colony in Montana.

An interview with Judy on her favorite topic

What is your favorite food? As an eat-most-everything-aterian, it’s so hard to choose one. But…a ripe Bartlett pear.

What is your favorite way to prepare/eat vegetables?  Roasted with olive oil, sea salt and a squeeze of lemon.

What spice do you reach for most? Ginger. I love that it’s sweet and savory with a spicy kick.

You saved room for dessert. What will you have? Ice cream. I like to make it. Lavender. Salted Burnt Sugar. Lemon Poppy Seed.

What is your favorite kitchen utensil? Knives—a chef’s knife or serrated paring knife. But my husband knows if he finds the Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer is missing, I’ve left home.

What is your favorite cocktail? It depends on the season. In winter, an Old Fashioned or Side Car. In summer, an Aperol Spritz or Moscow Mule.

Who inspired you? Julia Child. A postcard from her hangs in my kitchen.

What is your preferred form of exercise? As an adult-onset athlete, physical activity is my mood booster and when I hatch creative ideas. I’m fairly active which is good, because I like to eat! I start each day with an exercise video and then walk my dog. I’ve done yoga for more than 20 years. I like to run, play tennis and ride my bike. 

Beau

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