Lily Nichols

Welcome to Episode 5! In this week's show I talk to registered Dietitian, Nutritionist, Researcher and Best Selling Author, Lily Nichols about her approach to managing gestational diabetes and how her work has influenced national policies. We discussed the common deficiencies seen in pregnancy, what tests to do early on in pregnancy and nutrients to focus on.

Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition. Drawing from the current scientific literature and the wisdom of traditional cultures, her work is known for being research-focused, thorough, and sensible. Her bestselling book, Real Food for Gestational Diabetes (and online course of the same name), presents a revolutionary nutrient-dense, lower carb approach for managing gestational diabetes. Her work has not only helped tens of thousands of women manage their gestational diabetes (most without the need for blood sugar-lowering medication), but has also influenced nutrition policies internationally. Lily’s clinical expertise and extensive background in prenatal nutrition have made her a highly sought after consultant and speaker in the field.
Lily’s second book, Real Food for Pregnancy, is an evidence-based look at the gap between conventional prenatal nutrition guidelines and what’s optimal for mother and baby. With over 930 citations, this is the most comprehensive text on prenatal nutrition to date.

Lily is also creator of the popular blog,, which explores a variety of topics related to real food, mindful eating, and pregnancy nutrition.

I was thrilled to be able to sit down with Lily and talk to her about
·      Her journey from undergraduate nutrition student to where she is today (and what lead her down the path of challenging conventional nutrition guidelines)
·      Her early career and how her work as a diabetes educator led her to write two best-selling books and form part of the curriculum for her peers
·      Common deficiencies in pregnancy, morning sickness and ‘post-natal depletion’
·      The difference between folate and folic acid and why it matters
Lily’s website
Lily’s books Real Food for Pregnancy and Real Food for Gestational Diabetes:
Lily’s blog Folate and why it’s superior to folic acid for pregnancy and fertility
Lily Nichols on Instagram: