Welcome to Nourishing Plate! I am Laura Rutledge, a RDN (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist) who loves to eat, think about food and talk about food!

I graduated from Auburn University with a BS in the Coordinated Dietetics Program and completed my master’s degree in exercise physiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I am credentialed as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and licensed as a dietitian in the state of Alabama. I am also a board certified specialist in oncology nutrition.

I have worked in a variety of settings including patient care units, undergraduate and graduate education. I love to educate people (patients, public, healthcare providers and students) about the role of nutrition in health – how diet can help prevent disease as well as how to help manage diseases with nutrition. Over the years I have given numerous talks to professional and community groups on nutrition and cancer prevention, nutrition during cancer treatment and nutrition for cancer survivors.

Nourishing Plate was created to provide evidence-based information on nutrition and cancer along with tips to combat symptoms associated with cancer treatment and provide tasty, easy recipes appropriate for everyone! I sincerely hope this resource is helpful to you whether you are battling cancer, caring for someone with cancer or simply striving to live a healthy life!

 

 

Random info about me!

Personal: I am married to Patrick who is so cute and fun to be around! We don’t have any children but we do have a super sweet rescue dog – Harry!

My hobbies: cooking (of course!), reading, running, playing tennis and taking Harry on long walks.

Favorite food: peanut butter (probably one of my husband’s least favorite foods!) I could (and frequently do) eat it straight from the jar.

Least favorite food: olives (one of my husband’s favorite foods!) Being the sweet wife that I am (most of the time!), I do buy him lots of olives although I can’t stand the smell of them!

  Our sweet rescue dog Harry!

Our sweet rescue dog Harry!

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  On vacation in Maine - beautiful scenery and wonderful people!

On vacation in Maine - beautiful scenery and wonderful people!

  Hiking in the Smoky Mountains on our honeymoon. We don't get much snow in Alabama!

Hiking in the Smoky Mountains on our honeymoon. We don't get much snow in Alabama!