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Mary Hartley

Mary Hartley

Registered Dietitian

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Mary Hartley has been a registered dietitian and leader in the nutrition field for decades, working in HMOs, clinics, medical practices, teaching hospitals, and universities, helping people of all ages to benefit from nutrition therapy. Mary has logged more than 20,000 patient visits.

Mary recently returned to clinical practice after working in the Internet industry, where she was the Director of Nutrition for CalorieCount.com for 5 years. She now practices in Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill, charming historic sections of Brooklyn, New York where she makes “house call visits” to patients and their families. For everyone else, she counsels via video chat, telephone, and email. Mary also does freelance work as a nutrition expert and brand ambassador for products and services in the areas of food and nutrition and related IT. She is proud to represent and advise DietsInReview.com.

When it comes to weight control, Mary is committed to a flexible, realistic and personal approach. She does not believe in fad diets or unnecessary diet pills, and she does believe in making informed choices based on values and preferences with a clear understanding of the consequences, for better or for worse. Throughout her career, she has used a "Non-Diet Approach" to weight control, which emphasizes appetite regulation and learning to solve emotional problems without using food.

Mary can be found blogging at AskMaryRD.com and Tweeting as @MaryHartleyRD. She has a B.S. in Food and Nutritional Science from the University of Rhode Island, a Masters of Public Health from the University of Minnesota, and she did her clinical dietetics internship at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston.

Mary lives alone in Brooklyn, NY, five blocks away from her adult daughter, Eliza, and she frequently travels to Rhode Island to see her family and lifelong friends.

Fun Facts About Mary

I Never Leave Home Without My NYC MTA Metro Card

Where I'd Rather Be At the beach

My Bragging Rights I’ve maintained the same weight (just about) for 35 years

Refrigerator Staples Leftovers, seltzer, fish oil capsules

My Favorite Healthy Food Sesame Honey Almonds at Trader Joe’s

My Guiltiest Pleasure Coffee with sugar and half and half (tied with wine)

Song That Gets Me Going in the Gym Any ‘80s club song

Favorite Gym Activity Pilates mat class

Shows I have to DVR Downtown Abbey

The Book I'd Read Again Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating by Geneen Roth.

First Paid Gig Babysitter

Accomplishment Most Proud of successfully raising a high-EQ daughter who is a fabulous cook!


Recent Posts

Pick a Pocket Full of Pawpaws: Sure to be the Hottest New “it” Fruit

29 September 2014, 3:46 pm

Now is the time for “pickin’ up pawpaws and puttin’ ‘em in your pockets” as the children’s chant goes. The best pawpaws are the fully ripe fruits that have fallen to the ground between mid-August and mid-October, perfect for stuffing your pockets or your face! Pawpaws are the largest edible fruit native to the U.S. [...]


Bye Bye Bloomberg! What NYC Gained Before it Lost its Biggest Health Advocate

8 January 2014, 12:11 pm

With the new year, New York City bid farewell to Mayor Mike Bloomberg after a twelve-year term. Love him or hate him, his achievements in public health were stunning. While others only talked, he managed to act on smoking, obesity, and hypertension—and he placed the burden of fixing them on the industries that profited at [...]


Detox Diets and Fasts Do Not Work and May Increase Toxins in the Body

19 November 2013, 4:16 pm

To detox or not to detox? That is the question I had for Gerard Mullin, MD of Johns Hopkins University as he spoke about nutritional detoxification at the 2013 Food & Nutrition Conferences and Expo a few weeks ago. Dr. Mullin said that toxins are everywhere – in the food we eat, the air we [...]


Take Grain Brain’s Villainization of Carbs with a Grain of Salt

21 October 2013, 7:15 pm

Grain Brain is the catchy title of a new self-help diet book on the New York Times Advice and How-to Best Sellers lists. The author, neurologist David Perlmutter, makes the case for a slow death to brain cells caused by wheat, “carbs,” and sugar. Those foods, he says, are behind most of the common but [...]


35 Kid-Friendly Snacks that Meet the New Smart Snacks in Schools Guidelines

13 August 2013, 2:38 pm

Students are going back to a healthier school environment this year, as schools continue to advance Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Last year, USDA added more fruit, vegetables and whole grains to the school lunch program. This year, those healthy advancements extend to school vending machines and school stores. Expect to see more of [...]


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