Annie B. Kay

Annie B. Kay, MS, RDN, LDN, RYT, is Lead Nutritionist at Kripalu. Author of the award-winning Every Bite Is Divine, she is also an integrative dietitian and a Kripalu Yoga teacher. Annie is the former director of the Osteoporosis Awareness Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. For nearly 20 years, she has been an advocate for science-based mind-body health in the national media, at conferences and workshops, and through her writing.

Upcoming Programs

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  • May 22–27, 2016
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  • June 5–10, 2016
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  • August 1–September 16, 2016
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  • August 28–September 2, 2016
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  • Nutrition Notes: The Power of Plant Protein

    Americans love protein; in fact, most Americans eat twice the amount of protein recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Institutes of...

  • Sugar: America’s Favorite—and Most Dangerous?—Drug

    In early 2012, Kripalu’s Healthy Living department held a series of lectures for the community on nutrition and lifestyle medicine. Because I focus primarily...

  • Demystifying Detox: A Natural Approach

    The concept of detox seems to speak to our very nature. From the story of Jesus in the desert to the holy days of Ramadan, the appeal of purification through...

  • Nutrition Notes: Sprouts for Spring

    Photo Courtesy of Flickr User allspice1 The world awakens earlier, and life sprouts all around us now. Accept spring’s invitation to lighten up by cleaning...

  • Probiotics and Why Bacteria is Good for You

    Benefits of the bacteria in our digestive tract, also referred to as gut microflora, have gotten a lot of attention in the scientific community lately.

  • The Food-Mood Connection

    Food influences mood. What you eat impacts how you feel on the physical, energetic, emotional, and mental levels.

  • Summertime Phytonutrients

    Summer is perfect for opening our senses to all that’s fresh and local. Choosing produce grown close to home yields great taste, supports your community’s...

  • Observing Weight through Witness Consciousness

    Often, a client comes to me wanting to lose weight, plops down in my office, and says, “When I’m good, I eat this, and when I’m bad, I eat that.” This report...

  • Natural Flu Prevention

    While the media frenzy about the flu season we’re facing this year has ebbed, we are still in the midst of cold and flu time. There are various things you...

  • Nutrition Notes: Have Fun with Flavor

    Play with the flavor palate of whole foods by thinking beyond sugar and salt and invigorate your favorite recipes. There are classic flavor combinations...

  • The Mediterranean Diet

    Wondering if the Mediterranean diet is for you?

  • Eating Tips for a Good Night's Sleep

    According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  one-quarter of Americans report having occasional sleeplessness, and 10 percent of us struggles with...

  • A Deeper Detox Experience

    The Kripalu approach to detox involves self-inquiry and a flexible framework to create the process that works best for you.

  • Eat Clean for Less

    Clean organic produce is more widely available than ever before, yet whenever I check out at my whole foods grocery, I imagine my father (a rural farmer cash...

  • Eating for Good Behavior

    What’s really causing your kids’ ADHD? Here’s some food for thought—literally. About 10 percent of kids in the United States have been diagnosed with...

  • Tastes of Thanksgiving

    This Thanksgiving, I invite you to mindfully savor friends, family, and the full range of tastes you encounter on your plate and in your life!

  • Nutrition Notes: The Nutritional Benefits of Grains

    Grains have a wealth of benefits to offer, from fiber to plant proteins to phytonutrients and B vitamins. There is a caveat, however. You can only reap these...

  • How Plants Help Create a Healthy Internal Environment

    Meals like the ones found in the Kripalu Dining Hall (and hopefully in your own kitchen)—filled with a variety of plants prepared simply—are strong medicine...

  • The Mind-Belly Connection

    The mind and the digestive system are deeply connected.

  • Healthy Eating: A Dance of Physiology, Emotion, and Habits

    Often a guest will land in my office at Kripalu for a nutrition consult and say, “When I’m bad, I eat…” and rattle off his dietary “sins” in great detail. He...

  • Vitamin D: On the D List?

    Vitamin D has been the subject of great debate in recent years, with most experts agreeing we’re dangerously deficient but little consensus regarding just...

  • Nutritional Health: What We Eat and How We Eat

    Not only what we eat, but how we eat, plays a big role in nutritional health.

  • Drinking Tea for Good Health

    Today, tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages on the planet, with many people and cultures ascribing to it benefits of tranquility and healing.

  • Gluten and Your Gut

    More and more doctors are looking at food sensitivities, not just full-blown allergies (think peanuts or shellfish), as a way to understand chronic digestive...

  • Gaining to Lose: The Additive Approach to Weight Management

    I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word “diet,” what I really hear is “deprivation.” Having been on array of diets over the last 30 years (I started...

  • Occupy Yourself

      I'm beside myself with worry. I can see my mother standing at the kitchen sink in our childhood house, her hands immersed in soapsuds, proclaiming this. It...

  • No Shame

    Acceptance and appreciation are much more powerful catalysts to making positive shifts than shame and guilt.

  • Detox for Regaining Balance

    Detox is a process of balancing on the physical, energetic, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels.

  • Changing Your Relationship with Food

    It’s not until you understand what you’re putting in your mouth, and why, that your relationship with food can truly transform.

  • The Yoga of Nutrition

    How does yoga philosophy apply to healthful eating? According to Kripalu Lead Nutritionist, Annie B. Kay, MS, RD, RYT, in her R&R retreat lecture, The...

  • Practices for the Season of Blossoming: Yoga and Ayurveda for Springtime

    Yoga and Ayurveda teach us to be fully present and engaged as we shift seasons and open to new perspectives.

  • Practicing Progress, Not Perfection

    Integrative Weight Loss is not just about transforming your body. It’s about giving yourself full permission to practice progress and not perfection.

  • The Truth About Weight Loss

    Weight loss isn’t just about what to eat and what not to eat. It’s about paying attention to how and why we make our choices.

  • The Inner Work of Weight Management

    Like so many, I’ve spent most of my life battling the same 10 or 15 pounds, losing them with great pride only to gain the weight back again and berate myself...

  • DIY Detox

    A gentle seasonal detox can leave you feeling more energetic, less stressed, and physically refreshed. Detoxes are showing up everywhere these days—from the...

  • Not All Detoxes Are Created Equal

    A safe way to detox is an elimination diet, in which you eliminate sugar, eggs, grains, dairy, meat, and caffeine for five days, and observe what happens.

  • Trusting in Moderation

    Having a self-connecting practice is essential to developing self-acceptance, which can help apply healthy moderation.

  • The Practice of Gratitude

    How will you practice gratitude this holiday season?

  • A New Way to Find Your Healthy Weight

    Why do so many of us struggle to maintain a healthy weight? One of the top culprits, says integrative nutritionist Annie B. Kay, MS, RD, RYT, in her R&R...

  • The Summer Foodie

    One of the best things about summer is eating fresh produce in season.

  • Yoga and Mindfulness for Weight Loss

    Yoga and mindfulness are powerful tools for weight loss, because it cultivates body awareness.

  • Detox and Eliminating Your Toxic Load

    Seeing detox as a playful way to experiment with eating, instead of a weeklong sacrifice, has given me helpful information for incorporating long-term change...

  • Ask the Expert: Bite by Bite

    In this edition of Ask the Expert, Kripalu’s Lead Nutritionist, Annie B. Kay, answers your questions. An integrative dietitian and a Kripalu Yoga teacher,...

  • Kripalu Recipe: Corn Chowder

    Kripalu Lead Nutritionist Annie B. Kay has plenty of good things to say about this classic comfort food. Potatoes are high in fiber and rich in nutrients...

  • The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen: What to Buy Organic

    The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its 2014 list of produce containing the highest and least amounts of pesticides.

  • Trading New Year's Resolutions for New’s Year’s Intentions

    New Year’s is a time when we reflect on our goals for the year ahead—better health, losing weight, a new job, travel, or finding a relationship. But change...

  • Is Your Diet Making You Anxious or Depressed?

    By Jenny Sansouci We all wake up in a bad mood once in a while. It’s part of life’s journey to experience ups and downs—but if you often feel anxious or...

  • Cilantro: 10 Ways to Use the Superfood

      Adored by many, loathed by some, cilantro can be used in countless ways to enhance chilly winter days with a tasty dose of nutrition. Often used in...

  • Five Healthy Living Tips for Achieving Balance

    When it comes to healthy living, self-care is the first step.

  • The Joy of Cooking: Self-Care in the Kitchen

    “I always think of cooking as empowering, and compare it to having a practice like yoga,” says Kripalu Executive Chef Jeremy Rock Smith.

  • Savor the Season: Mindful Eating for the Holidays

    The way to avoid excess weight is not a drastic diet but lifestyle changes. One of the most constructive changes is to adopt a mindful-eating practice.