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Are you making decisions to be happy and healthy this summer?

Summer is here! And maybe you are like the majority of people I meet. You vowed you would become thinner, richer or happier this year. And, your year is half over!

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Last month the Taste Life ezine focused on wealthier. So, this month let’s focus on healthier. Our lives are really a simple string of daily habits – those automatic things we do day in and day out. A habit can be good…or bad; it just depends on the life you are trying to create. Old habits are like worn comfy slippers – easy to do. It is much easier to plop change in the vending machine instead of taking an apple ALL the way to work. Think about it – you have to buy an apple at the grocery store, wash it and drive it to work and then remember to eat it. Too much to think about! New habits are like brand new shoes that take a while to get used to. It’s awfully hard to pass that M’M candy dish when you are used to swiping at it every time you pass by. What do you do?

Your first step is awareness. Take a breath. Stop your busy routine. Remind yourself that you are in charge of your life. Remind yourself you have choices. Ask yourself: Am I living my life by choice or chance? (Drives Gary nuts thatI keep dice on my window sills to remind me of this.)

Second step is to think about what you DO want. Think about what you want when you picture a happier or healthier you. Ask yourself: Who do I want to be one year from now? How do I want to feel one year from now? Think about your vision of what you want to weigh. Take an honest look at all the things you do without thinking about them. Are they helpful or hurtful habits? Are they getting you closer or farther away from your vision?



Third step, make some decisions to match your vision. Pretend you weigh 150 pounds but really want to weigh 120 pounds. You have “wanted” to lose weight for years. But have you decided, I mean really decided, you want to weigh 120 pounds. The power is in your decision, not your goal weight. Does a person who weighs 150 pounds eat like a person who weighs 120 pounds? The power is in your choice of what you decide you want to weigh, backed up by your every day food decisions. Research shows that the average person makes 200 decisions about food every day – conscious or unconscious.


My speaker friend Susan Zimmerman of Mindful Asset Planning chooses healthy. Here she is cooking up the Salmon Cakes from our 5 Ingredients for Healthy Living Cookbook.

Fourth step, dump your will power theory. Will power is won’t power. Focus on your environment, which is stronger than your will. I have my wellness coaching clients memorize, “My environment is stronger than my will.” It is not about will power. I call that worry power. Can you take a pan of bars to a get together at a cabin and not eat them?

Fifth step, create your environment to support who you want to become. But really, forget about this step until you decide. Goals are great. I will lose weight. But until you really, really decide that you truly WANT to be happier and healthier and start new behaviors, nothing will change.


Make some decisions this month. Don’t be left behind. Remember, if you have not consciously made a decision to be amazing, happier and healthier, you have unconsciously made the decision to be average, unhappy and unhealthy.

Better get busy! Summer is here and the best time of the year if you ask me!

Not too late to join the Best Summer of Your Life Club.


Homestyle Mac and Cheese Your Family and Kids Will Love

June means school’s out. Bring on the summer! My second year of marriage (ages ago in 1983) I opened up a Dairy Council Office in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I have been celebrating June dairy month ever since!  I always celebrate by baking a big batch of cream puffs to share with family and friends.

I adore dairy products and can say with one hundred percent certainty I eat cheese every day along with an assortment of yogurt, and cottage cheese and some sour cream depending on the day. Of course I wash it all down with a glass of milk ! I adore chocolate milk best when I want something sweet or to rev me up after a workout. But what else would you expect from a Cheesehead from Wisconsin!

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Jill Castle, MS, RDN, CDN is America’s Childhood Nutrition Expert, a registered dietitian, childhood nutrition/feeding expert and author who spends most of her work time writing, speaking and consulting for her private practice and for other companies.

Jill Castle, MS RDN, CDN is sharing her recipe for Home Style Macaroni and Cheese that her kids adore and you will love too. Jill writes, “My kids LOVE boxed macaroni and cheese until I came up with this recipe! Yes, I finally found a recipe to convert my kids over to homemade. You can bump up the cheese or lower it; change the milk fat content (non-fat up to whole milk) and bake it off or serve it soft, after combining the cheese and pasta together (which is how my kids like it!). Best of all, this is a double recipe, so one dish for tonight, and one stored in the freezer for later! How efficient is that?!

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Madeline (18), Ben (14), Gracie (19) and Caroline (16)

Her books, Eat Like a Champion and Fearless Feeding arm parents with nutrition knowledge at each stage of childhood and prepare young athletes for athletic competition, respectively. Her online course for parents (The Kids Healthy Weight Project) makes confusing nutrition principles come alive with a practical food system, feeding strategy, and lifestyle infrastructure that helps parents be confident and knowledgeable in feeding and raising healthy kids who have a healthy weight, positive food attitude, and balance with eating.


Jill strives to make food and feeding intentionally healthy without being overbearing. She recognizes the constraints parents face today and help them be a little bit better, and a little bit healthier. She works hard to empower families with knowledge, confidence and a commitment to growing in both areas. 

Check out Jill’s books and don’t forget to celebrate dairy month!

We would love to hear about your favorite dairy foods.


Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Approved Favorite Dairy Foods

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If I had to pick only one food group to eat it would be dairy! Why? Dairy is a nutritional powerhouse. Dairy provides more for your food dollar than any other food. Milk costs 25 cents per 8 ounce serving. Milk, cheese and yogurt are A+ delicious, nutritious and affordable. And dairy can easily be incorporated in most recipes (shredded cheese can adorn many dishes, a slice of cheese on a burger, or yogurt dolloped on your favorite dessert.) And dairy is quick eats for a meal without any prep. My go to quick lunches consist of cottage cheese and strawberries or blueberries and some rolled up turkey luncheon meat with a glass of milk. I also adore Havarti Cheese with Dill, rice crackers, fruit and a beef jerky. And daily, my Gary eats Greek Yogurt with frozen berries, Cheerios and canned salmon for breakfast.  We are a #dairygood home! J

I am delighted to share of my colleagues favorite dairy foods and why they love them. I hope you celebrate June Dairy month by upping up your dairy. And don’t forget to take the pledge. #Dairy3forme .

Health is hope and hope is everything! Dairy makes sense!

Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN

Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN

My favorite dairy food overall is Greek yogurt. It’s packed with nutrition, especially protein and calcium, and is SO versatile! It’s an awesome addition to recipes. Overnight oats is a breakfast I enjoy on most mornings because I can grab it and get to work. The protein contained in the Greek yogurt helps me stay full and protects my precious muscle. I have so many recipes but I’ll stick with the summer patriotic theme and share my Red, White and Blue Overnight Oats. @LaurenPincusRD

Amy Gorin

Amy Gorin, MS, RDN

I absolutely love Greek yogurt and eat it almost every day. The creaminess is so satisfying, plus it offers a good amount of protein! I enjoy it in a breakfast bowl with fruit and nut butter, as well as in my Southwestern Greek Yogurt Dip with Crudites. @amygorin 


Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN2

Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN

I’m Italian so I only use good Parmesan and Romano cheese. We never eat pasta without it. I also love Fontinella – a sharp Italian cheese that we enjoy sliced. It’s delicious with Chardonnay and fresh Italian bread. @rustnutrition


Ashley Kish

Ashley Kish, RD

Milk is by far my favorite dairy product; I can’t live without it! The uses of milk are endless. And don’t forget dairy can be so beneficial during weight loss.


Jen Haugen, RDN, LD2

Jen Haugen, RDN, LD

We always have dairy in the fridge because it’s so nourishing for our family.  From the nine essential nutrients in milk, cheese and yogurt plus the taste and flavor we all love, there’s not a day I don’t have three servings of dairy a day.  My favorite way to get this nourishing food is to have a snack of cheese cubes and fruit (like apples, grapes or berries) as part of my boost up in the afternoon or evening.  And in the summer, of course, a favorite is ice cream on the patio!  Here’s a look at why my daughter things dairy rules too! @jenhaugen



Beth Klos, RD, LDN, CDE

Beth Klos, RD, LDN, CDE

Perusing in my refrigerator, it’s hard to pick one dairy food as my favorite.  I use so much dairy – low-fat Greek yogurt, no added salt cottage cheese, a sprinkle of Reggiano Parmesan here and there- but one current favorite does stand out.  I found a Hard, aged cheddar that is reduced in both salt and saturated fat, while still packing a flavorful punch and breaking into meaty chunks.  When I want the cheese a richer texture, I warm it to room temperature with my hands and drizzle it with olive oil.  The pungency balances wonderfully with the earthy taste of whole grain crackers. I have to balance my love of dairy, especially cheese, with my desire to maintain my health, and this cheese fits the bill.  It’s a pleasure, not a sacrifice.  


Kathleen Oswalt MS, RDN, LD

Kathleen Oswalt MS, RDN, LD

I cannot lie – my favorite dairy food is CHEESE.  I love any kind of cheese and more so when it is accompanied by a nice glass of wine.  Good cheese is something I enjoy only here and there so when I do indulge I savor it.  In 2012 my husband and I got to visit the Tillamook Cheese Factory, I had a lot of fun tasting all sorts of cheese.  Happy me! @OswaltKathleen


Lynda Enright MS, RDN, LD, CLT

Lynda Enright MS, RDN, LD, CLT

My favorite dairy is Kefir. It is packed with even more good bacteria for your gut than yogurt! I add it to my morning smoothie with kale or spinach and frozen berries. I add some psyllium husk fiber to help feed those good gut bugs. All nourishing for a healthy gut and healthy body and delicious too! @LyndaEnright


Val Schonberg MS, RD, CSSD, LD, NCMP

Val Schonberg MS, RD, CSSD, LD, NCMP

It’s so hard to choose a favorite! I grew up drinking milk everyday with my meals and continue to include a glass of milk with breakfast and dinner. It fills me up and is a great source of additional protein, along with calcium and vitamin D, which I know I need in my 50+ years. But, I also love Greek yogurt especially with some flavorful berries with my lunch or for a snack. @valschonberg

Elizabeth Berry, MS RDN

Elizabeth Berry, MS RDN

I have a love affair with two dairy foods:  cheese and Greek yogurt.  I eat yogurt most days of the week. With fresh berries and flax meal plus a decadent drizzle of one of my gourmet balsamic vinegars – so satisfying!  While I might not have more than an ounce of cheese a day I adore it.  I have decided to adapt the MIND diet for cognitive health.  This eating plan recommends cheese no more than 3 times a week. My cheese drawer will feel like I have broken off the affair as I often have cheese twice a day! @LizRDN

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Barbara R Baron, MS, RDN, CDN

Cheese is rich in protein, calcium and big on flavor that a small amount goes a long way…I love the cheese connection between fresh mozzarella and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano added to sliced eggplant! @barbbaron



Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD

My favorite dairy food is milk because it’s so versatile and good for you. My Pumpkin Spice Smoothie that is a better for you option that’s delicious and nutritious and topped with whipped cream!


There you have it! We can’t wait to hear what your favorite dairy food is and why! Remember to take the pledge and enter the contest #Dairy3forMe.


National Jerky Day

Today is National Jerky Day!! How luck are we!  National Jerky Day was created to celebrate the rich history, immense popularity and nutritional benefits of dried meat snacks.


A pound of meat or poultry will weigh only about four ounces once it is made into jerky, and it can be stored for months without refrigeration because most of the moisture has been removed. Salt is added to the meat before it is dried, to prevent bacteria from developing.

Since 1996 jerky has been selected by astronauts as space food several times for space flights. 

Traditional jerky is readily available in nearly every convenience store, gas station, supermarket, and variety shop in the United States.


There a million brands but one brand is absolutely the best Simply Snackin’.



Finally, we have a Registered Dietitian-approved jerky busting with nutrition for busy people who don’t have time to sit down to eat!  Simply Snackin’ hits a home run with flavor (my favorite is the Dried Beef with Cranberries and Blueberries), a clean ingredient label (no additives or fillers), and a fabulous nutrition profile. You have got to try these high-protein, low-fat jerkys bursting with yum. Don’t forget – new studies are suggesting we need 30 grams of protein per meal! 


Simply Snackin’ snacks are my favorite lunch-time meal paired with a chunk of cheese and an apple. Perfect for travel, too – I keep them in my car and purse. What could be easier?

Simply Snackin’ hits a home run for busy people who are trying to be healthy!

What are you waiting for? Time to celebrate National Jerky Day with Simply Snackin’ – buy them on line and sign up for their mailing list and receive discounts!

What is your favorite jerky?

Disclosure: Simply Snackin’ is a client of mine but I do adore them and these opinions are my own and I was not paid to write this post.

Celebrate National Making Life Beautiful Day


I keep this plaque next to my kitchen sink to remind me NO matter what my life is beautiful. Beautiful flowers from my garden really help!

Today we celebrate people who help us make life beautiful! Whether you create beauty through building trusting relationships, or helping others achieve success you can make life beautiful not only for yourself but for others around you.

You attract what you think about.

Are your thoughts positive or negative?

Are you courageously facing your future or fearful for what tomorrow may bring?

Today is the day to replace your limiting of disempowering beliefs with empowering beliefs!

Go from I am not good enough to I am more than enough!

Go from I did not do that perfect to I give myself credit for my effort.

Focus on what is working instead of what is not working in your life.

It’s not easy to change your thoughts but do it anyway ‘ cause then you will truly see life is beautiful no matter what! Have a beautiful day!


Why I Adore Milk and You Should Too


I remember our mom pouring all five us kids a big glass of milk and us chugging it down as fast as we could. Today fifty plus years later I realize more than ever the importance of milk in our daily diets.

It is the easiest way to get protein. The average adult has 13 grams of protein at breakfast. And, at least 70 research papers have concluded that a higher protein diet, which includes getting 30 grams of protein at each meal, controls appetite, increases satiety and helps us maintain our weight.

And, the research suggests having a high-protein breakfast, a meal that is usually lowest in protein, may have unique effects compared to getting more protein at other meals including reducing how much people eat at lunch and dinner. Most of us tend to stockpile our protein in the evening but remember our bodies can only use so much protein at a time.

Voila! With 8 grams of high-quality protein in each 8-ounce glass, milk is perfect to pair with your breakfast to help get closer to the recommended 25-30 grams you need at each meal.

Milk just isn’t for adults! Milk helps kids maintain a healthy weight too.

Researchers studied more than 46,000 children and found kids who consumed the most milk and dairy products were 38% less likely to be overweight or obese compared to children who ate the least. And, with each extra daily serving of milk and milk products, children had a 13% lower chance of being overweight or obese. Those are giant statistics.

The best is that milk contains 9 essential nutrients including the famous calcium, potassium and vitamin D.

And what other beverage costs 25 cents a glass that provides you such fantastic nutrition!

Here are some great ideas on how to get your protein going in the morning!



And don’t forget chocolate milk does wonders for your sweet tooth too! Gotta love that! Plus it is a proven winner for your post workouts.

How are you getting your dairy protein? We would love to hear!


Say Cheese Please for National Cheese Day!


I have to admit cheese is my favorite food. I eat it every single day. Guess that’s what happens to Wisconsin cheeseheads! I adore Havarti with Dill the best paired with Simply Snackin’ Northwoods Beef Snack with Cranberries and Blueberries. Jerky.

Celebrate National Cheese Day this weekend with these Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Approved Recipes!

Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN

Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN

My favorite cheese is cottage cheese because I can enjoy about 13 grams of protein for only 1/2 cup serving, plus it goes on just about anything. My latest obsession is this Cottage Cheese and Guacamole Quinoa Snack Cakes recipe. It’s creamy, crunchy, spicy, and super quick and easy. @LaurenPincusRD

Amy Gorin

Amy Gorin, MS, RDN

I always enjoy making this Pesto Parmesan Spaghetti Squash recipe. The Parmesan adds delicious flavor, as well as protein. @amygorin 

Rosanne Rust2, MS, RDN, LDN

Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN

I love cheese! My husband and I have a ‘wine and cheese party’ for ourselves about once a month. It’s usually a weeknight evening – very relaxing and easy – we slice a variety of sharp cheeses, apples or pears, and grapes. And pour a glass of wine. This takes the place of dinner that night. Our son will enjoy with us – he’s very fond of Chèvre. @rustnutrition

I’m Italian so I only use good Parmesan and Romano cheese. We never eat pasta without it.

I also love Fontinella – a sharp Italian cheese that we enjoy sliced. It’s delicious with Chardonnay and fresh Italian bread. @rustnutrition

Erin McNamara RDN LDN

Erin McNamara RDN LDN

My Cheesy Pasta is my fav cheese recipe. 

We would love to hear your favorite ways to eat cheese besides chunking it and gobbling it up like me!


Want fun? Join the Best Summer Ever Club


Every day is a gift full of little stuff. Unfortunately most of the time we are moving at such a busy, frantic 24/7 pace to get things done, that we feel we are always behind and are too busy to notice the little stuff. “I will get outside tomorrow after I get this stuff done.” What if you enjoyed every single summer day like you did when you were a kid?

Remember your carefree fun filled summer days and even more savory nights where you stayed out late and watching the dragon flies and begging your mom to stay outside “another minute.” You are in luck. You can enjoy this again because the way to predict your future is to create it. You are invited to join the Best Summer of Your Life Club. Club membership involves five rules.


First, make the decision that this will be the best summer of your life.

Your to do list will never be done and your house will never be perfect. You own the power to decide; the choice is yours.

Second, create your summer wish list of activities, places you wish to visit and people you want to hang out with.

An easy way to start is with the end in mind. Remember when you were a kid and the first week of school you had to write a report on how you spent your summer vacation. Pretend it is Labor Day and someone is asking you how you spent your summer vacation. What would you want to include? What have you done every single summer for the “sake of tradition” and do not want to include?


Third, narrow your list down to 14 activities as there are 14 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

It does not have to be big stuff. I want to hike, bike or kayak every weekend I am in Minneapolis this summer. And, I want to visit Austin, Minnesota and finally see the Spam Museum and of course want to camp one time in Gary’s baby camper. And we can’t forget Raspberry Truffle custard on Sunday nights at Adele’s Frozen Custard Stand.

Fourth, print your list and post it on your fridge. Without a visual reminder we tend to forget our best intentions.

Fifth, share your list with your spouse, partner or friend. Better yet, create your lists with them.

Tell them you are intentionally living the best summer of your life.

Summer is the time to enjoy the little things. Every year as I get older I realize the little things in life were really the big things. Who and what is important in YOUR life today? How do you honor that today? How lucky you are a grown up and no one has to tell you to come in when the street lights come on. You are in charge of your free time. You can predict your best summer of your life by creating it!

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Let me know if you want to join the Best Summer Ever Club. Encouragement will be sent out the first of June, July and August to help you create your best summer ever!

Remember the best things in life are not things!

©Copyright 2016 Chere Bork. All rights reserved.


Steps to Becoming a Money Magnet


Does it feel like you are working hard and not getting what you want? It all starts with your beliefs. There are two kinds of thinkers. Negative fear based thinkers who focus on overcoming and positive freedom based thinkers who focus on becoming. Fear based thinkers focus on the feeling of struggle and the need to overcome something, while freedom based thinkers focus on knowing that every new day is a fresh new start.

The first step to becoming a money magnet is to notice your beliefs. What are your first thoughts when you say the word money? “I will never make that much money.” “No one will hire me for that much.” Drop your negative fear based beliefs. Decide there is abundance. Replace negative thoughts with abundance thoughts. Become very aware of your thoughts around money. Whenever you notice yourself in “lack” or “not enough” money, visualize abundance. Tell yourself STOP and dump the poverty thoughts like, “That’s too expensive.” “I don’t have enough money for that.”

Your thoughts and feelings create your reality. If you think negative fears based thoughts about money, you will attract negative bank balances. Decide it is easy to pay bills and you will increase your abundance consciousness. Focus on what you do have. Recognize where there is wealth already in your life. Take a piece of paper and on the left write down your negative fear based money thoughts and on the right, replace every fear based belief with a positive freedom based money thoughts.

The second step is to write a “law of abundance check.” Get a blank check and write out a check to yourself for whatever amount that you want. Write the date you will receive this money. In the memo area write, “Paid in full.” Sign the check in the signature space with the words “The Universe.” Put this check in your wallet. Feel RICH!

Remember the world is full of possibilities. What you focus on gets bigger and bolder. I wish for each of you my Taste Life Subscribers a RICH life, one that is rewarding, inspiring, confident and happy. Better get busy writing that check as your life is waiting! So, is your best summer ever!


3 Keys to Becoming a Millionaire



“I want to win the lottery” is the number one answer I hear when I ask people what they want.

Here are some ideas for more prosperity in your life that may be easier than you think. And, it’s not about working harder or more.
First, stop worrying about money. The quickest way to have wealth NOT show up is to worry about it or condemn it. Replace your limiting beliefs and worry about money with empowering beliefs. Repeat this affirmation daily, “I have a RICH life, Rewarded, Inspiring, Confident, and Happy. Rich people believe I create my life, while poor people believe life happens to me.”

Second, picture wealth. Feel what it feels like. Visualize. You must create a reoccurring mental picture of being rich. This may sound like magical thinking. It’s not. It’s called the Law of Attraction. It is the metaphysical science of manifesting what you want. What you focus on gets bigger and bolder. If you worry about money and not having enough you’ll never be wealthy. Your income can only grow to the extent you grow yourself.

Third, act as if you are already rich. James Allen wrote in As a Man Thinketh, “Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are. Their ambitions are thwarted at every step, but their inmost thoughts and desires are fed with their own food, be it foul or clean.” Remember your desires will only be answered when they align or harmonize with your thoughts and actions. Dump the negative thoughts and doubt today.

To make the Law of Attraction work, focus on your thoughts. Visualize rich. Imagine you are a millionaire. It will give you peace of mind and most important the confidence to take your next step to manifest the life you deserve and desire. Make a decision today to live a rich life, one that is rewarding, inspiring, confident, and happy. And, you really can become a millionaire!

Today we celebrate National Be a Millionaire Day. Today was created for everyone to dream about what it would be like to be a millionaire.

Check out the millionaire dreams of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Board of Directors!

Sarah and Jordan from Jordan’s Kitchen cooking up a storm in a sponsored cooking class.

Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN

If I had unlimited funds, I would fly private every time I traveled. I would still continue to travel for about 3-4 months a year around the world but just fly private instead of coach. In addition, for my give-back, I would build cooking schools for teenagers around the US where the kids would learn to cook healthy meals and get a bag of groceries to take home containing the ingredients from the recipes so that they could make their family the same healthy meal at home. And I would hire RDNs to do all the cooking and education for the teens. @SarahKoszykRD

Megan exploring the Amazon in Peru!

Megan Ware, RDN

The first thing I would buy would be land with enough room for a mini cow, chickens and bees. I would start small and work my way up to being the Joel Salatin of RDs. Instead of just counseling clients on the best food to eat, I also want to provide it. It is a struggle to find local, sustainable and accessible options here in Orlando. Many “farm to table” restaurants have been caught claiming to provide local options without actually ever buying from that farm or farmer! My goal is to increase transparency in where our food comes from, educate the public and create a haven for buying and learning about food. @meganwarerd

Penny L. Wilson, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD

Hiking in Vail

Penny L. Wilson, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD


First, I’d work with my financial planner to be sure that John, my husband, and I would be financially secure for the rest of my life. Along with that, I’d develop a plan to support my favorite charities. I’d still work on educating people about digestive wellness and how to have a healthy digestive tract. I’d schedule time to do the other things I love to do and want to have more time to do – hike, ski, cook, explore, read, knit, entertain, volunteer. @eat4performance

Elana Natker, MS, RD

We are having a fun birthday party for my son at a local farm. We’re doing the exact same party, this year it will be three years in a row!

Elana Natker, MS, RD

If money were no object (for me it’s less about the amount of money and more about not *needing* any more money), I would still do what I do – work in nutrition communications and consult for food companies and associations. I feel strongly that companies NEED to have RDs among the decision-makers. However, I might work fewer hours and spend more time doing volunteer work for and with my kids. @elanaRD


Krista Ulatowski, MPH, RDN

If I were a millionaire, wait…when I am a millionaire, I will first buy a beautiful, slightly large boat. Ok, let’s be real – let’s make it a yacht. Why? Because my boyfriend and I love the water – and because his current boat is one that was built in 1969 and I have lovingly nicknamed “Lemon” due to it being in constant disrepair. There might even be a widget on that boat currently held in place with bubble gum. Yes, bubble gum. My boyfriend prefers to call his boat “Limoncello.” Maybe we’ll name christen the yacht with that name! @KUcumbers

Carlene Thomas RDN LD

Nearly all of my answers involve food: buy an apartment in downtown DC so we could go eat dinner anywhere we wanted and crash there instead of driving back to the burbs. Second thing: fund all of the awesome people I’ve met and their restaurant/product ideas. @carleneHEA

Linda S. Eck Mills, MBA, RDN, LDN, FADA

Linda S. Eck Mills, MBA, RDN, LDN, FADA

If I was a millionaire I would contact every meeting planner for all of the American Overseas Dietetic Association affiliates and state affiliates offering to speak at their meeting at NO expense to them on topic of non-traditional careers for dietitians.  I would also offer free career coaching to anyone born on July 1st (my birthday). This would allow me to extensively travel and share my passion for non-traditional careers and career coaching. 

Shelley A. Rael, MS RDN LD

Picture is from March 2015 with my 2 year old granddaughter Arriela

Shelley A. Rael, MS RDN LD


If I was a millionaire: Ted and I would fill up passport pages; buy a big plot of land and adopt as many dogs as we legally can; play with our Granddaughter Arriela all day long. @shelrael

Joanne Larsen MS RD LD

Joanne Larsen MS RD LD

Being a millionaire would allow time to pursue new clients or projects, volunteer and to travel more. Often when clients contact us, we don’t have the luxury to be as selective as we would want and being a business owner means having to constantly market for new clients or propose projects.  Unfortunately not all projects are accepted so unproductive time is spent developing proposals. I wonder if that would also allow we millionaires to charge more for our time thereby weeding out all but the most desirable of change / progress while providing more time to devote to pro bono and volunteer projects? Having more resources would provide the luxury of traveling more without a care about being away from the office or what business we may be missing.  Ah dreams – the oxygen of motivation.@AsktheDietitian

Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN

Lake Erie in the summertime


Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN

Well a million doesn’t get you much these days (I would be practical with a million – pay bills, college, paint the house, etc), but I were a mulit-millionaire I would travel first class, and more often. I would also invest in a property in my small town and open a coffee and wine shop that would serve wonderful desserts, have a venue for live music, serving wine and small plates after 4pm. And I would love choosing the paint colors, furniture and art work. And the coffee mugs. @rustnutrition

David R. Orozco, MS, RDN, LD, C-EP ACSM.doc

David R. Orozco, MS, RDN, LD, C-EP/ACSM

 You know, I don’t dream about being a millionaire, in fact I think it would be more work than it’s worth. I dream about being a successful entrepreneur and business owner. I want to have a practice that offers work to 5-6 RDNs and maybe a few other mental health professionals. I would be super comfortable with low six figure salary. The most important thing about this is that my business allows me to go on more vacations and spend LOTs of quality time with my family and friends. @tdwellness

Lauri Egan

Lauri at Angel’s Landing in Zions National Park

Lauri Egan, RDN, CPT 

If I were a millionaire… I would, of course, invest most of it so I could live off the interest, tithe some and then make “smart” financial purchases like: a nice house in the mountains of southern Utah, a pole vault pit in my back yard, a huge home gym that would send any fitness guru into a tizzy and regular travel plans.  Once I felt settled in my millionaire life, I would make sure I had a strong platform for my business plans.  Running a business without any financial stress or expectations would be A-mazing!!! @EganWellness

Niki Strealy, RDN, LD

Here’s a photo of our family at Disneyland two weeks ago… The Happiest Place on Earth. The Place Where Dreams Come True.

Niki Strealy, RDN, LD

I’m a pretty practical person, so it’s a challenge to dream big. If I were a millionaire, I would buy a house with more rooms for my family, maybe on the lake in my town. Then, our foster kids would have their own room, and our kids could have their own space too. Our kids’ friends could come over and we could go boating and water skiing on the lake anytime we wanted!” @DiarrheaRD

Carrie Zisman, MS, RDN

Carrie ran her first half marathon in March 2014 while raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a charity near and dear to her heart 

Carrie Zisman, MS, RDN

After 20 years in the workforce, if I were to become a sudden millionaire: I would love to spend more time being a parent, volunteering, training for a triathlon, traveling, and cooking. Also, continuing to motivate others and create opportunities to achieve total wellbeing at home, work, school, and the community. @WellnessWorksRD

Christy Wilson, RD

Christy Wilson, RD

I would travel more. I would ride my bike more. I would write more and I would set more time aside to be with my kids, my husband, my parents and my extended family. One thing I would not do is give up cooking and I would not give up being a registered dietitian! @christyschomp

Marjorie Geiser, MBA, RD, BCC

Margie exploring New Zealand

Marjorie Geiser, MBA, RD, BCC

What would I do with my life if I were a millionaire? Travel more, volunteer my services more. Play more. @megfit

Jim and Julie 2010 cruise

We love Disney

Julie Beyer, MA, RDN



Reaching for the stars may mean more than a million dollars. I would definitely pay the last bit off on our house and RV so we could be debt free! Then, I would budget the rest so we could travel as we wish to see the children and grandchildren. The stretch goal would be to have a house near each family. 🙂 

My big bucket list item, however, wouldn’t take too much money, but getting my husband to retire would allow us to hike across Spain on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. I want to take it slow–not rush the experience. Our shared volunteer experience in retirement would be to help the Make-a-Wish kids and other organizations like it through working with “Give Kids the World” in Orlando, FL. We would love to be guides for those special families when they visit Disney World! @ICDietitian


Lauren Swann, MS, RD, LDN

There’s a saying, “water seeks its own level” –  we tend to gravitate towards our comfort level, the lifestyle that brings happiness and fulfillment (I’m not talking complacency here!)

I’d probably travel more and spend more time in ways that aren’t required for regular income such as animal-assisted therapy, Terrier earthdogging and community committee work I’ve been doing lately for civic issues – harmonious peaceful living, valuing diversity.

A couple of decades ago I’d probably have answered this question differently, but I’ve since learned, observed (and experienced!) that while an ample margin of discretionary income does empower optional choices that wouldn’t otherwise be available, you can only be in one place at a time (no matter how many cars or houses you have!). And it’s confirmed by research – experiences lead to more happiness than materialism. The satisfaction of driving that brand new dream car off the lot is fleeting compared to the memories of that great vacation to a place you’ve never been before. @LaurenSwann


Our best of times are family times in Hawaii!

Chere Bork, MS, RDN, LN

If I were a millionaire, I would first obtain advice from my wise, money making financial planner Jeff Thielen. CFP® and then I would travel the world for one year with Gary like my friends Jess and Tom Lyman have been doing for the past three years. Of course we would have enough bedrooms at some locations to have the kids come visit. Then I would come home and create a Registered Dietitian Confidence School / Bed and Breakfast and of course hire dietitians to help me run it! @cherebork

Money image curtesy of 401(K)