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Mary-Catherine, the owner of Defy Nutrition, has been featured in numerous media outlets. She has also served as a guest blogger as well as a podcast guest. Mary-Catherine also provides both virtual and in-person workshops on a variety of topics, including well-balanced plates, nutrition for performance, emotional eating, and more!

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Deeper than the Diet Podcast

“The biggest barrier is that we find comfort in this very strict lifestyle. We’re either doing it or we’re not doing it. And from a young age, we assign moral values to food.” (Listen here)

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For the Nation Podcast

In this episode, we talk about “how food can affect your mood and mental health. Mary-Catherine is a rockstar registered dietitian, military spouse & entrepreneur with a heart for helping people conquer their food challenges.”

IWS22 Wellness Lounge Expert - Mary-Catherine LaBossiere, MPH, RD, LDN
InDependent Wellness Summit

Mary-Catherine served as the nutrition expert for the 7th annual Wellness Summit, a virtual event that promotes military and first responder spouse wellness.

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Fueling Your Body for Focus, with Mary-Catherine - Moments with an MEO Podcast

When we think about our work day, the last thing we think about is what we ate for lunch. In fact, when you ask your spouse about their day, normally it’s not even brought up at all. Mary-Catherine, MPH RD LDN is on the podcast today sharing how to fuel your body for success so you can be the best entrepreneur you can be.

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Featured on the Spouse Serve Blog

“Speaking of holiday eating, today we are featuring Mary-Catherine from Defy Nutrition on the blog! What better time than now to tackle some nutrition based goals or get back on track after savoring all the holiday treats?”

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Association of Military Spouse Entrepreneurs

Mary-Catherine serves as the nutrition expert and one of the group coaches for the Association of Military Spouse Entrepreneurs (AMSE)

"Mary-Catherine is an amazing subject matter expert in the field of diet and nutrition. Her expertise has provided incredible value to our community's members. Her genuine passion for her field allows her to help others reach their health goals. Her exceptional character makes her clients flourish under her guidance."
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Reset Your Nutrition Mindset Workshop

Defy Nutrition is collaborating with Sanctuary on Main to bring you an interactive workshop on how to retrain your brain and embrace eating like a human being. Focused on balance and sustainable habits.  Register here.

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Quoted in InDependent December Workbook

Have you embraced breaking the rules? “When we instead advocate for food freedom and what I call ‘living in the gray,’ we see greater, more sustainable success and people are generally happier because they don’t feel like a prisoner to conventional  dieting.”

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Health Your Own Way Podcast

Mary-Catherine was interviewed by Mo Akins, host of Health Your Own Way podcast. They talk about diet culture vs. anti-diet culture and what that means. Listen here.

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Holidays and Food - Call to Marriage Podcast

“Kicking off our new series we have Mary-Catherine of Defy Nutrition joining us. We talk through stress eating, living outside of the all or nothing mindset, and so much more. She also lets listeners know about her new nutrition program Defy Holiday Food Guilt

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Featured by Milspouse Fest

“LaBossiere is a registered dietitian and an active duty military spouse, who started her career working in obesity and diabetes clinical research in Boston, while earning her Master’s degree in Public Health. Then, she transitioned to working in behavioral health, where she learned the role of nutrition in managing mental health. ‘That’s when I became truly inspired to become an emotional eating expert,’ said LaBossiere.”

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Coffee and an Interview Podcast

“Mary-Catherine LaBossiere, a registered dietitian and owner of Defy Nutrition, where she helps individuals repair their relationship with food and develop sustainable, healthier nutrition habits. Listen to the episode and learn about our relationship with food, emotional eating, and strategies to live a healthier life.”

"I've had the opportunity to attend a group workshop and participate in a group program by Defy Nutrition and Mary-Catherine makes nutrition easy to understand. Learned how to adapt a healthier lifestyle diet (way of eating) versus joining the latest diet fad which wreak havoc."
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Rosie Network Award Finalist

Mary-Catherine was a finalist for The Rosie Network’s Military Spouse Owned Business award. This award is designed to recognize a Military Spouse who has the vision to see what might be, is willing to take the risks that traditionally accompany any new endeavor, and possess the management skills to create a successful business enterprise.

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Quoted in Healthline

Have you considered purchasing at-home gym equipment? “We asked registered dietitian Mary-Catherine LaBossiere, MPH, RD, LDN, for her tips on choosing under-desk fitness equipment.”

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It's a Military Life Blog

“Have you experienced a deployment? Did you find yourself losing or gaining weight? Mary-Catherine with Defy Nutrition shares with us why we may gain or lose weight while spouse is deployed on the blog!”

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The Healthy

From 4 Substitutes You Can Use for Coconut Milk
“Since dairy is the primary source of calcium in our diets, soy milk can be a great plant-based way to work toward our daily calcium goals without having to drink [dairy] milk.” – LaBossiere

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The Pararescue Foundation/5 By 5 Series

Mary-Catherine collaborated with Dr. Jennifer Byrne, owner of 5 by 5 Performance Therapy, to discuss nutrition for performance with pararescuers, combat rescue officers, and their families through the Pararescue Foundation

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Military Spouse Entrepreneur Guide

Stars and Stripes has continued to partner with the Association of Military Spouse Entrepreneurs (AMSE) for the third edition of the Military Spouse Entrepreneur Guide. The digital edition features an exclusive Military Spouse Business Directory – including Defy Nutrition (listed under our former name, Busy Babes Nutrition) on page 28!

"Mary-Catherine is AMAZING! She joined me as the Guest Speaker on the Warrior Women Wednesday meetup on Clubhouse. What an engaging and knowledgeable speaker. Ladies (& Gentlemen), if you are looking for a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mary-Catherine is your girl! She can craft meal plans around your allergies, any medical issues, and your schedule!"
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Busy Girl's Guide to Health Podcast

In this episode we go over:

  • Why emotional eating is normal
  • The need for proactive stress management
  • How to get out of the cycle of chronic dieting, bingeing, and restricting
  • Signs that you’re an emotional eater
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It's a Military Life Blog

Minimizing Pantry Waste:

“We’ve all been there. You’re getting ready to move and you probably have quite a few groceries left. I mean, when do you really stop buying groceries? After all, you have to feed yourself, your spouse, and likely some kids or fur babies.”

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De-Stress from Your PCS Summit Speaker

On September 20 at 12 pm EST, Mary-Catherine presented on how to manage stress eating for optimal digestion as part of the De-Stress from Your PCS Summit, hosted by Erica Snyder of Ama to Prana.

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APSU Wellness Fair

Mary-Catherine represented nutrition as part of the physical dimension of wellness for the Austin Peay State University Wellness Fair, hosted by APSU Career Services.

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Nominated Top 5 for Best of Clarksville

Defy Nutrition was nominated for Best Local Health/Medical Office in Clarksville, Tennessee. This Best of Clarksville nomination is huge! 

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AMSE Member Spotlight

Mary-Catherine LaBossiere is not trying to sell you another diet program or a quick way to lose a few pounds. In her own words, “I want to reset nutrition mindsets and challenge the ‘rules’ about food and how we eat.

"I highly recommend working with Mary Catherine. She met every goal I had and more."
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Moving with the Military Facebook Guest

Moving with the Military brings on special guest, Mary-Catherine LaBossiere, to talk about nutrition and how to make a healthy plate!

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Health Women Warriors Podcast Guest

Mary-Catherine talks with health coach, Ashleigh Magee, about how to make “fall back” meals, the dangers of when the packaging makes food look “healthy,” organic food and when you should splurge on it, the benefits of fiber, intermittent fasting, and much more.

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Association of Military Spouse Entrepreneurs Coach

As a pop-up live for the Association of Military Spouse Entrepreneurs (AMSE), Mary-Catherine talks about how to manage emotional eating during times of high stress. You can also check out AMSE’s member spotlight feature article on our coach, Mary-Catherine!

"Mary-Catherine is extremely knowledgeable and has been an amazing resource for both my clients and audience. I’ve had her as a guest on my podcast multiple times and learn new insights each time. I highly recommend her as a speaker, podcast guest, and more! She’s my go-to RD for my business!"
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Ashleigh Magee
Health Coach
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9 High-Protein Vegan Sausages Dietitians Love

Shopping for the best plant-based sausages may be confusing, considering there are so many different options available. To narrow down your search, we tapped several dietitians to break down what to look for when choosing plant-based sausages.

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10 Must Do's When Starting a Healthcare Business

In her guest blog article, Mary-Catherine talks about becoming a military spouse entrepreneur and the 10 must do’s when starting a healthcare business.

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Military Special Operations Family Collaborative Ambassador

MSOF’s Health and Fitness Program is designed to connect special operations family members to a variety of health and fitness expertise. It is a space to ask a questions to experts who understand the challenges unique to special operations.

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Eat This Not That - Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

“Instead of waiting for dinner with a grumbling stomach, allow yourself to munch on some appetizers,” says (Stockman) LaBossiere. “Crunchy veggies are a great low-calorie option that can satisfy hunger pangs quickly.”

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Pride and Grit - Take Control of Emotional Eating

Using food to respond to emotions is common. In fact, over 1 in 3 people report emotional eating – and this number has only increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read Mary-Catherine’s guest blog post for Pride + Grit

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Call to Marriage Podcast Guest

In this podcast episode, Mary-Catherine gives tips on how to combat emotional eating, how to throw away the mindset of restrictive eating, and so much more.