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Books For Dietitians

Updated: May 8

Creating a nutrition book is no small feat!


In this episode of the podcast I share over 25 books written or created by dietitians. There are health and nutrition coloring books, activity books, journals, niche cookbooks, specialized nutrition books and many more.



Books By Dietitians And For Dietitians

I asked in a couple Facebook groups and on my Instagram for anyone to submit books that were created or illustrated by dietitians. I got lots of responses and categorized them as follows:

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Dietitians are amazing problem solvers and it would be silly not to support their efforts and utilize the tools they created.


As you read this post or listen to this episode, I encourage you to bookmark, save, or share the books you enjoy or you think might be a valuable resource for someone you know.


I wanted to share books written by registered dietitians to both inspire current and future dietitians to get started on their book ideas, as well as get more eyes on some of these amazing books that have already been created.


Writing skills for dietitians can provide lucrative side jobs for dietitians whether that's copywriting, editing, freelance writing, or writing a book. All are great opportunities for dietitians to earn additional income.


You don't need to wait until you have XYZ/ALL the experience.


You don't have to wait until you've made X amount of money.


You don't have to wait until you get discovered by someone or have deals thrown at you.


There are lots of different ways to bring a book idea to life, so don't wait for the stars to align - Align the stars yourself!


So, let’s get into it!



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Below are all the books mentioned in the episode with links to where they can be purchased.


Note: The numbers below are the time codes where the books are mentioned in the audio/video version of the episode.




Registered Dietitian Coloring Books


This heart healthy coloring book is aimed at reducing stress and anxiety by relaxing the mind to improve heart health. The book features 48 coloring pages, lifestyle tips, and motivational quotes.


I think coloring books are a super fun way to implement nutrition tips into an activity book.



13:45 - The Dietitian Coloring Book by Katie Dodd, MS, RDN, CSG, LD, FAND

A hundred page coloring book with dietitian themed crosswords, tic-tac-toe boards, and coloring pages.


A fun activity book either for yourself or to gift to a dietitian friend or colleague.




Children's Books By Dietitians


14:27 - Lois and Fran’s Garden Adventure by Kristen Kicks Roof, PhD, RDN, LDN and Illustrated by Amy Koch Johnson

Along with the story of Lois and Fran touring their mom’s vegetable garden, the book also encourages trying new snacks, foods, dishes, and recipes.


This is a really fun interactive book with cutouts you can use to reward your kids for trying a new food.



15:18 - Be a Food Allergy Helper! By Lisa Woodruff, RDN, and illustrated by Olive Phan

The goal of this book is to help siblings without food allergies understand and empathize with their sibling living with a food allergy.


I’ve seen how frustrating it is for kids dealing with food or nutritional restrictions or specialized diets and it’s hard for them to understand. I really love how Lisa put this in a kid's book format.


Lisa also has a podcast inspired by the book called Let's Talk Food Allergies. You can check it out at Lisa Woodruff Nutrition.



17:04 - Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers - by Vilayvanh Bender, RDN and illustrated by Nor Sanavongsay

Vilayvanh immigrated to America as a young refugee girl after the Vietnam War and now lives in Southern California with her husband and two girls. The book depicts the differences between her childhood in Laos versus her daughter’s life in the US.


I really love Vilayvanh’s passion for preserving culture and sharing the parallels between her and her daughter’s experiences.


I also enjoyed the illustration style and all the little details the illustrator included.



20:18 - Kids books and journals that encourage kids to explore and try foods by Arielle Dani Lebovitz MS, RDN, CSSD, CDCES:

This set of books is super helpful for kids that are exploring new foods, or maybe are a little bit of a picky eater, or maybe you just want kids to learn more about food. There are activity books, journals, and they encourage kids to use their five senses to explore different types of food.


I love the curiosity element because kids are sponges and love exploring. Give them what they want!




Nutrition And Dietetics Books By Dietitians


21:10 - Eating Intuitively for PCOS by the PCOS Collective

This book was created by a collection of nutritionists and dietitians with the goal of helping people with PCOS rebuild their relationship with food, movement, and their body without the need for restriction.


I love seeing a collaboration of minds - coming together to make something truly useful.



21:43 - The Anti-Diet Workbook by Brandy Minks, MS, RDN, CD, CNSC

This book incorporates writing prompts, activities and guided meditations to help the reader work on their body acceptance and practice intuitive eating.


Seems like a great resource for so many people since chronic dieting is such an ongoing problem.



As the title suggests, this book offers tips to help the reader with mindful eating. Along with the FIFTY-TWO tips, there are activities such as weekly self-reflection and resources for additional reading.



22:37 - Unapologetic Eating by Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN, CSCS

Another book to help the reader reconnect with their body and regain their intuition, this book encourages self-exploration into the reader’s own history with food and question the role of societal expectations on their own body.



23:21 - Cancer Diet for the Newly Diagnosed: An Integrative Guide by Tamar Sofer Rothenberg, MS, RDN

This is a cookbook specifically for people who are newly diagnosed with cancer. A new cancer diagnosis can be a jarring change and knowing what to put in a body can suddenly jump up on a person's list of priorities.


This cookbook offers recipes for meals to help a person maintain their strength, repair their body, and even improve overall cancer treatment outcomes.


The recipes take into account common symptoms, side effects, nutrient-density, easy preparation and comfort. I also want to mention that the food photography in this book looks delicious.



This thorough, but quick-read aims to show the reader how to distinguish between nutrition and myth, pinpoint nutritional areas in the reader’s life to change for the better, learn what foods are healthy, and when to eat them.




Cookbooks By Dietitians


25:43 - The Nutritionist Cookbook by Carly Knowles, MS, RDN, LD

This cookbook has more than 60 seasonal recipes each with a descriptive food-as-medicine themed headnote, and health information.


I really like the idea of a cookbook based on seasonal produce, because it's very easy, I find, to forget when things are in season because many of us live in a culture where produce is available year round.



This next book is in Spanish and is aimed at helping Hispanic renal patients follow the renal diet while enjoying their cultural foods by incorporating authentic Latino flavors.



This cookbook contains over 120 simple seafood recipes along with answers to commonly asked questions about seafood, as well as New England tours of a scallop fishing boat, an oyster farm, muscle fishing vessel, and cranberry bog.


Seafood can be intimidating and I consistently overcook a lot of my seafood so this sounds like a great resource to have in the kitchen.




Other Dietetics Books And Journals By Dietitians


30:18 - Menopause Better: Weight Loss for Women over 40 by Su Escobar, MS, RDN,

Another book by Su Escobar, MS, RDN, this book is targeted toward women over 40 interested in weight loss.


It is a motivational food, fitness and sleep journal for women over 40 and has balloon graphs to track your weight loss, goal setting, meal planning, writing weekly affirmations, reflecting, and journal pages.



30:50 - The Heart Health Lifestyle Logbook by Kiran Campbell, RDN

This simple logbook offers the user a space to organize, document, and set personal health goals based on nine signature focus areas of heart health.


The goal of this logbook is to increase the user’s awareness of their body and improve or prevent chronic disease.


The logbook also includes space for helpful emergency information, prescription medication, sleep tracking, and exercise.



31:39 - Dietitian food pun Notebook/Journals: Dietitians Are One In A-Melon by Rochelle Inward MS, RDN, ACSM EP-C

These next books are a collection of food-pun themed notebooks and journals featuring phrases like “You Are Un-Beet-able” with a graphic of a beet.


Dietitians love a food pun. These would make great gifts for your favorite dietitian, dietetic intern, internship director, or professor.



32:21 - Dotted grid dietitian notebooks by Sara Kerr, RDN, LD (that’s me!)

I also create nutrition and dietetics themed notebooks/journals that feature a custom designed cover and 140 pages of dotted grid interior pages.


I use them for daily tasks, writing, journaling, or taking notes in meetings. Again, these would make a great gift for someone in your personal or professional life.



32:50 - The Continuing Education Planner by Sara Kerr, RDN, LD (that’s me!)

Another product I created, and continue to add to, is the Continuing Education Planner. The CE Planner is a PDF download with pages for taking notes for CEU activities, tracking goals, and other continuing education tools.


The printable pages allow for flexibility and customization of your planner, but I would love to offer it as a printable version eventually.




Conclusion


I realize I went through all of these books really quickly, but I just wanted to give you a taste of what other dietitians have created.


I really like how all of these have a different vibe and style to them.


I really like the illustrations used in the Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers book. I can't emphasize enough how helpful it is to embrace synergy and working with an illustrator who is already capturing a style that you like.


A photographer, illustrator, or graphic artist can really bring your vision to life. You don't have to do it all on your own, and different artists have different styles. They may have a personal history that they're able to pull from and depict details that are really going to hook your audience and connect with them.


I really believe this was captured in Vilayvahn’s book as well, which is also why I wanted to highlight it. It’s her story of her experience with her and her daughter, but then her illustrator also works on Lao-American literature. I feel like that combination made a really solid end-product because they both have experiences they can pull from.


Again, find your people, collaborate, get out there, or support creators who have already made really awesome books.


I encourage you to check these out and support fellow dietitians who may have created a book or journal that would help you in your business, brighten a coworkers day, or be a valuable tool for your clients. Support your fellow creative dietitians!



Are you a dietitian author? Drop a link to your book in the comments below or send them to me at ardistspod@thekerrminator.com and maybe I'll do another episode like this!



 

About the Author


Sara Kerr, RDN, LD

Sara is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, artist, writer, and video editor. She holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Nutrition from Oregon State University. In 2021 she founded The Kerrminator LLC, which specializes in creative services for Dietitians including video editing, graphic design, and content creation.



 

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