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Here at The Fresh Beet, we don’t believe in diets; you won’t find any strict food rules or tips for counting calories here. Chances are that if you’re reading this, dieting has failed you. You followed every rule in the book but you continue to gain the weight back time and time again. You’ve learned to label foods as “good” and “bad” and deprive yourself of the foods you really love because they fall into the “bad” category. And what was supposed to bring you clarity has only brought you confusion.

I don’t blame you for dieting. So many diets promise you speedy weight loss, glowing skin, and never-ending vitality; what’s not attractive about that?

Dieting is like dating that Bad Boy who you know is only going to break your heart in the end. In the beginning, you’re over-the-moon optimistic about how great the relationship is going to be. And then, to your surprise, it doesn’t work out and you’re back to square one. Let’s stop going for the Bad Boy.

We know that diets just don’t work so why not take a different approach?


Rather than pouring all of your energy and resources into the latest pop diet or trendy health tip, I encourage you to channel that energy into finding your Happy Plate (HP). Your HP is not too different from your happy place, which is a place you go to be fully present with yourself and truly experience the experience. Maybe it’s the beach, the neighborhood park, or the mountains. In this place, you are comfortable, confident and happy. Your HP builds on this concept.

It is a plate that is:

nutritionally balanced, because you are mindful of what you put on it.

satisfying, because you savor every bite and hear your body tell you when it’s comfortably full.

free of guilt, because you give yourself permission to eat those foods you once labeled as “bad.”

Your weight and health depend on more than what you simply put on your plate; your thoughts and feelings surrounding food are just as important as the food itself. Know this and embrace it – it will help you find your HP a lot sooner.

Finding it won’t happen overnight but it will be a worthwhile endeavor that has the power to heal your relationship with food and teach you the sustainable eating habits you need to provide life-long health. The goal of this website is to provide you with the information, tools, and resources you need to find your HP and never diet again.

I promise no fillers, no preservatives, no BS. Just sound nutrition advice and damn good food.

I am so excited for you to start your journey. I recommend starting here where you will learn the basics of building a balanced plate.

Let’s find your happy plate!


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About the Author


Ashley Galloway Thomas, MS, RD/LDN


RD: Registered Dietitian (2011)

LD: Licensed Dietitian, South Carolina (2011)

MS: Masters Degree in Nutrition Education & Health Promotion  – Florida State University (2011)

BS: Bachelors Degree in Dietetics, Family & Child Sciences minor – Florida State University (2009)


Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (2009-present)

South Carolina Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Charleston Trident Dietetic Association (SCAND, 2015-present)

  • Public Policy Partners Coordinator 2015-2017
  • Social Media Chair-Elect 2017
  • CEU presenter: RD’s in the Media (CTDA 2017)

Dietetic Practice Groups 

Hunger and Environmental Nutrition

Culinary Nutrition Professionals

Nutrition Entrepreneurs


Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year 2017 – South Carolina Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

Teaching Assistantship, Florida State University 2010-2011


On occasion, I receive free foods, meals, and products and blog about them. All opinions expressed are my own, and the items received will never influence the content of my post. I will always disclose when posts were sponsored and who sponsored them.


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