Healthy Living Blog

Articles by Benjamin White, PHD, MPH, RD, LDN

Nutrition Director

In addition to nutrition, Dr. White has a background in public health and scientific research. Ben is excited about translating research into practical knowledge that people can use to improve their overall health. He teaches a variety of classes, ranging from online nutrition resources to meal planning to controlling  your  food environment. He oversees the nutritional components of the program to ensure that guests are equipped with the necessary skills, resources, support, and knowledge to succeed after leaving Structure House. Restaurant outings, individual nutrition counseling, and workshops are also key parts of the program overseen by the nutrition team. The chefs and dietitians at Structure House work in tandem to provide guests with a menu that is appealing, balanced, satisfying and healthy.

Ben earned his Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has experience in weight loss counseling, motivational interviewing, diabetes management, vegetarian diets, teaching, and scientific research. Dr. White joined Structure House in 2016 as a Registered Dietitian.

Meal Replacement Shakes for Weight Loss

What are meal replacement shakes, and do they work for weight loss? What about their safety? Are they healthy? Many commercially available shakes are marketed to people as a weight loss aid or for health promotion, but there are several things you should keep in mind before spending money on pricey meal replacements.  Any way of eating that significantly … Read More

Breaking Down the Benefits of the Keto Diet

There are thousands of ways to lose weight. Ask 100 different people and you might get 100 different diets that they’ve found beneficial in helping shed some pounds. The “keto” diet is the most extreme example of the low-carb diets, which have been popular in various forms for the past several decades. Carbohydrates (i.e. carbs) … Read More

Weight Loss Detox

Weight loss detox plans and cleanses are popular – but what are they, and should you be on one? Our bodies have many of their own natural detoxification systems in place to break down and get rid of a wide range of harmful compounds. While the kidneys can filter out many small molecules and salts, … Read More

PCOS, Nutrition, and Metabolism

Many people are interested in the factors that affect their metabolism, but don’t know what they can do to make a difference. One, major factor that influences the body’s metabolism is the endocrine system, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age 1. WHAT IS PCOS? There is still … Read More