We think that the sober curious and mindful drinking movements are much more than trends, and we are here for it!
We want to help others re-evaluate and re-define their relationship with alcohol and achieve their health goals, whatever they may be.
Learn more about us and our alcohol-free journeys below!
After publishing our best-selling mocktail recipe book, Drinking for Two: Nutritious Mocktails for the Mom-to-Be, we noticed considerable interest for another book that would appeal to all audiences. So, we got back into the kitchen and created original, plant-based mocktail recipes perfect for anyone looking to go alcohol-free.
In the process of writing our second book, Mocktail Party, during the early months of the pandemic, we both started to question our own relationships with alcohol. Reading through the scientific literature on how alcohol affects health and engaging with people in the sober community made us more mindful about our own alcohol consumption and opened our eyes to how normalized alcohol use is in our culture.
In the summer of 2020, we decided to do an alcohol-free challenge. We loved trying all of the amazing non-alcoholic products that are available and, of course, making our own mocktail recipes. We noticed improvements in our skin, sleep quality, energy, and budgets.
After that experience, we knew we wanted to be an active part of the sober curious movement and help others explore their relationship with alcohol. And that is how The Sober Dietitians brand came to life!
We met while volunteering for an after-school program that teaches cooking classes at an elementary school in Boston. We were both planning to attend the same event later that evening, so someone introduced us, and the rest is history!
We had just started our first semester at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, the first nutrition graduate school in North America and one of the most respected nutrition institutions in the world. We bonded over the fact that we were both transitioning to the field of nutrition from other careers. We were fast friends: we studied together, worked out together, and even played matchmaker for each other. Now, we’ve written two books together and started a business!
Kerry Benson, MS, RD, LDN earned her Bachelor's in Neuroscience from the University of Delaware. She was the first student to complete the 4+1 Master's in Behavioral Neuroscience program at UD. While earning her degrees, she worked in a research lab studying the effects of alcohol exposure on the developing brain. She defended two thesis projects and authored several academic publications. This experience sparked her interest in the topic of drinking, particularly in the context of pregnancy.
Kerry went on to earn a second Master's in Nutritional Epidemiology from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy. She simultaneously completed the coursework required to become a dietitian at Simmons College. Kerry completed 1200+ hours of supervised practice at a large acute care hospital in southwest Ohio, earning her registered dietitian credential in 2019. She currently practices as a clinical dietitian, working in acute care facilities in the Philadelphia area.
Diana Licalzi, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian and holds a master’s degree in Nutrition Science and Policy from Tufts University. She is also currently working towards becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE).
Originally from Puerto Rico, Diana is dedicated to helping the Hispanic community meet their nutrition and health goals through her work in the diabetes community. She co-founded Reversing T2D, an online platform that helps individuals manage and reverse pre- and type 2 diabetes.
Diana become very passionate about the "sober curious" movement after embarking on a booze-free month. She has been alcohol-free for almost a year now and loves empowering others to reexamine their relationship with alcohol. Diana also has experience working as a Dietitian at Boston Medical Center, InsideTracker, and UC San Diego Health.
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