My mission is to encourage you to enjoy a delicious but sensible diet, get regular exercise, and a maintain a reasonable weight so you can enjoy better health. When you eat well most of the time, you can still enjoying indulgent food and fun beverages some of the time.

I like knowing, not guessing. I’ve always relied on science and research before making recommendations or coming to rash conclusions….and this fact-finding mission is what birthed my Chew the Facts® blog and brand.

When I asked my colleagues what came to mind when they thought of me and my work, they sent me these words. I was so glad they said ‘funny” because facts are way more fun paired with humor.

“Energy, Funny, Sensible, Science-based, Unique Perspective, Trustworthy, Deep Insight, Brave, Unflappable, Communicator”

Energy

Rust never sleeps. Well actually, I do get a good night’s sleep, but I’m never short on ideas. I bring the same energy to helping you solve problems. I like to have FUN. I love food, entertaining, and the outdoors. I love al fresco dining. I can’t decide which I love more the mountains or the beach, but it’s leaning towards the beach. Science is cool, but it really boils down to how you can enjoy good food in fun ways.

Sensible

I don’t ban any foods from my household, so why would I ban them from yours? I love coffee and sweet rolls. And French fries and martinis. Clearly I can’t support my health with nonstop martinis and fried food, so there must be balance. Yes I want you to eat more vegetables, but life is too short not to eat the chocolate or enjoy a birthday dessert.

A treasured part of my work is showing people how they can fit fun foods into their diet and still have a healthy balance. An example of how my mother supported balance – she always had a small candy dish on an end table filled with Hershey Kisses® in our house growing up. I believe this candy dish is a great symbol of how to keep balance and moderation in perspective. Eat good-for-you fruits, veggies, grains, cheese, milk, yogurt, and lean meats, but allow the occasional junky, higher fat choices too, like fried foods and sweets.

Of course physical activity is an important part of a balanced life too. I’ve always engaged in some sort of physical activity but I don’t “love to exercise”. Find what you enjoy, and what works for you! It’s something you have to keep modifying throughout your life as your schedules change and body ages. Schedule it, or trust me, it won’t happen.

Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN
Science-Based

I’m the sort who is always looking for answers. Don’t believe every news headline you read about the latest study. Studies are important, but they don’t paint the whole picture. I continually review the latest research and methodology on diet, food and health, and weigh it with the totality of the available evidence to determine sensible recommendations. Nutrition science can be challenging to design since it’s difficult to do human RCT trials. However there are some clear and well-established links between diet and disease. My focus on diet’s impact in cardiovascular risk stemmed from my strong family history of heart disease.

Perspective

Food has always been central to my core. I developed an early understanding that what you eat impacts your health and well-being. Growing up in an environment where food was central, I’m passionate about making healthy food an enjoyable part of everyone’s life. My perspective on food, where it comes from, and how it’s prepared goes back to my grandparents – Italian immigrants who lived through the Great Depression in the states. One grandfather made wine, grew fruit trees (fig, peach, cherry, pear, apple, plum) and had robust vegetable garden. The other grandfather was a butcher, passing on his kitchen knife sharpening skills to my father. My mother was an excellent baker and cook, and she and my grandmother canned tomatoes and froze vegetables from the garden for later use. We ate beans and greens, polenta and other “peasant food”, and had a simple green salad after every meal (in Italy, salads were traditionally served after the entree). I basically grew up on a Mediterranean-DASH-style diet, and we celebrated every special occasion or holiday with wonderful food.

In addition, when I was about 12, I began getting hives and experienced irritable bowel symptoms (IBS). As my IBS symptoms got worse in college, I was eventually diagnosed with mild Crohn’s colitis. I managed the disease with diet modification, stress reduction, and medication. I became a Food and Nutrition Major who sought to understand more about diet modification in disease, nutrition, food and health, so that I could help others with their diet and lifestyle.

All of that keeps me grounded in seeking out facts and nutrition science, and also the importance of bringing it to the family table.

Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN
A Trustworthy, Unflappable Communicator with Deep Insight

I honor deadlines, and I offer insight and new perspectives to any situation.  I love change, and it’s a good thing, because one thing is certain when is comes to life: Change is inevitable, and flexibility is crucial. Remember that.

Someday I may tell you a story about the time when I accidentally locked myself out of my hotel room, only wearing a towel…like, literally. Only a towel. I kept my cool and found a solution to the situation, and still made it to my morning book signing. Some may call this bravery. I’m resilient and I handle most stressful situations in a calm and unflappable manner.

The fun is in the storytelling

I am married and raised three sons. All four of these people are private, introspective, and mostly introverts. Perhaps this fuels my passion to create great content.  It can be a little frustrating living with quiet, private, people when you are a talker, writer, and a fan of words. I like to talk, help, and share. For me, there’s no better way to spend my free time than around good people, good food, and good stories.

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EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN on the computerI am a registered dietitian, licensed in Pennsylvania. I have a Master of Science degree in nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition/Dietetics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I did my internship at the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh.

I have a wide variety of experience spanning over 30 years in both clinical and outpatient nutrition settings, long term care, teaching, and consulting, and I have over 25 years experience in freelance writing, have authored textbook chapters, journal articles, and have been quoted in magazines and newspapers. I’ve authored several diet and nutrition books in the For Dummies® consumer book series.

I am a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Past-Chair of the Nutrition Entrepreneur Dietetic Practice Group, have held numerous positions on the boards of Local, District, and National Nutrition and Dietetic Associations.

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