I pride myself on having a strong immune system. That is, until the year 2019. I’ve caught two colds already and a stomach bug (hello #momlife). Catching a cold is a little like being pregnant — you get lots of advice. My husband prescribed zinc lozenges and powdered vitamin C concoctions. Others told me drink lots of fluids. And then who’s not saying you should drink bone broth for some reason or another? Sidebar: Have you tried Brodo though?! It’s ridiculously good.

Last week, when I had a stuffy nose, sore throat, and was just kind of feeling meh, what…


A few months before I was diagnosed with hypothalamic amenorrhea, my husband and I brought home a rescue pup from an adoption event in New York City. We named our then 1-½ -year old Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen mix, Maizie. We didn’t know much about Maizie’s history, but did know she had been neglected by her previous owner, and somehow ended up in a kill shelter.

Maizie, in her first few days with us

When we first took Maizie home, her hair was dull and sparse, and she was so thin her ribs protruded. She had separation anxiety, and would bark and howl, pacing back and forth, each…

Jackie Ballou Erdos, MS, RD, CSSD, CDN

Connecticut - based non-diet dietitian & writer jackie@balancingactnutrition.com

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