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Brandi Breden, RD, LD received a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Human Nutrition and Dietetics in 2008. She enrolled at St. Louis University where she completed her dietetic internship in 2009. Brandi has a passion for helping clients who strive to enhance their overall health and wellness along with eating habits.
 If you are looking for advice and nutritional counseling, set up your personal session today!  A personal session, one hour long, will cost only $15.00!

Please call (270) 745-6531 to set up an appointment.
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Before meeting with the Register Dietitian, please complete a Nutritional Assessment Form. Bring completed forms with you on the day of your appointment.
Feel free to ask our dietitian any questions or concerns that you may have about health!

I struggle with sticking to a healthy diet. What are some suggestions to keep from 'cheating'? - February/05/2014

Try to find a motivated friend to help keep you on a healthy track to prevent “cheating”.  You can join MyFitnessPal together, follow each other’s workouts and give them access to your food journal through the app.  The MyFitnessPal app now has most of WKU’s food in its food bank, making it easier to track what you eat on campus. Make sure you don’t focus on what you are giving up, but on what new foods in which you are trying. When on the go, pack healthy snacks, like nuts, fruit and string cheese in your backpack.  Don’t forget balance, moderation and variety is the key to a healthy diet!

What if I have a food allergy or dislike certain foods, can you still help me improve my diet? - February/05/2014

Yes, we can create an individualized nutrition plan to help meet your needs.  I can assist with food selections on and off campus.  We can also meet with the campus chefs to discuss your allergy and food alternatives at each location.

If I wanted to gradually stop drinking coffee, what steps would you reccommend? - September/09/2011

For most healthy adults, moderate amounts of caffeine — 200 to 300 milligrams a day, or about two to three cups of coffee — pose no physical problems.

In order to cut back on caffeine/coffee consumption there are many ways.  I will cover caffeine in general instead of strictly coffee.

  • Mix half regular with half decaffeinated coffee or tea.
  • Drink decaffeinated coffee or tea.
  • Steep tea for a shorter time. A one-minute steep can contain just half the caffeine of a three-minute brew.
  • Keep a cup of water alongside your caffeinated beverage and alternate sips to prevent mindless caffeine drinking.
  • Check the label of your favorite soft drink to see if it includes caffeine and, if so, opt for a caffeine-free option.
  • Also check the label of your over-the-counter medication, as some contain as much caffeine as one or two cups of coffee in just one dose.

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Telephone- (270) 745-6531

Additional Resources

General Nutrition
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics        
Center for Science in the Public Interest
National Institute of Health                       
Choose My Plate                                        
Medline Plus                                               
Sports Nutrition
The American Dietetic Association-SCAN
Runners World                                           
American Council for Exercise                
Gatorade Sports Science Institute          
Cooking and Recipes
Cooking Light                                             
The World's Greatest Recipe Collection

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