Soolman Nutrition
December 2014
December is as much about looking forward to the coming new year as it is about reflecting upon the twelve months we are on the verge of leaving behind.

This year, Joanne and I blogged, and blogged, and blogged some more, and we know from the feedback we received that several of our pieces resonated with our readers.

Today we look back on 2014 with a countdown of the year's most popular entries. Reread your favorites, check out the ones you missed, and share any that move you with family and friends.

Have a happy and safe holiday season. We look forward to reconnecting with you in 2015.



Jonah Soolman, Registered Dietitian / Co-Owner

10. Weight Loss Specialist


The paradox is that any true "Weight Loss Specialist" would know that nobody by that title actually exists. Read More  

9. Warning Bells


The mother of one of Joanne's patients discusses her daughter's journey towards recovery from an eating disorder and how easily parents can overlook early signs of trouble. Read More  

8. Health-Focused Weight Management


Jonah's friend emailed him asking, "Is it possible that the pride-in-your-body movement has gone too far?" No, it has not. Jonah explains why. Read More  

7. He Said, She Said: Halloween Candy


Jonah and Joanne's discussion regarding Halloween candy has broader implications for how to help children form healthy relationships with treats. Read More  

6. "Weight that will stay off"


Losing weight is relatively easy and numerous paths to weight loss exist. Keeping off the lost weight, well, that is a completely different story. Read More  

5. No Such Thing as Perfect


One of Jonah's patients recounts her recovery from "orthorexia" and teaches us that health and happiness stem not from perfection, but from giving ourselves the permission to be human. Read More  

4. What Not to Say to Someone With an Eating Disorder


Well-intentioned family and friends often make comments that are more triggering than helpful. Read More  

3. Looking the Part


The purpose of self-disclosure is to enhance patient care, not to serve as an advertisement, not to capitalize on misconstrued ideas, and certainly not for a practitioner to defend or justify his or her behaviors or body shape. Read More  

2. Doctors' Views on Weight and Weight Loss


Jonah's summary of the Cardiometabolic Health Congress received attention on three continents. Relive the good, the bad, and the truly horrifying. Read More  

1. Everybody Belongs Somewhere


The piece you were never meant to read about Jonah's own health challenges ended up being the entry that patients most frequently reference. Read More  

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Thank You


To our new patients who let us into their lives, our established patients with whom we continue the journey, patients who tried us on for size and decided to take a different path at this time, rediscovered patients who returned after a hiatus, and those who left our practice having attained their goals, we offer our sincere gratitude.


While we approach our work with an informal and upbeat demeanor, health is serious territory. The honor you bestow upon us by letting us in is never lost on us. Thank you.  
Recipe of the Month
Jonah's Chocolate Chip Cookies


Labeling foods as "good" or "bad" or using any other system to moralize foods or eating behaviors does nothing but warp relationships with food and create issues. Cookies are neither good nor bad; they are just cookies. Enjoy them, stop eating when you have had enough, and know you can have more later if you feel like it.  



* 1 cup white sugar
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 2 1/4 cups white flour
* 1 tsp baking soda
* 2 eggs
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 2 sticks butter
* 12 oz. chocolate chips

1) Mix sugars, flour, and baking soda together in a bowl.
2) Add the eggs, but do not mix yet.
3) Pour the vanilla on top of the eggs. Now mix.
4) Add the butter and mix. At this point, you may need to abandon the utensils and mix with your hands.
5) If the dough seems too wet, add additional flour as needed.
6) Add chocolate chips and mix. Semi-sweet, milk, white, dark, or a combination of said chocolates works well.
7) Place balls of dough on greased cookie sheets and bake at 325 until edges of cookies brown.
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