Becoming healthier on your own terms 

When people hear I’m a registered dietitian the first thing they say to me is “can you give me a diet?” No joke that’s the first thing out of 95% of people mouths. Now I don’t get offended and I usually laugh it off, but I immediately respond with “I don’t do diets.” 😀

Now I should start off by explaining what a registered dietitian is, the academy of nutrition and dietetics defines us as: 

Earned a bachelor’s degree with course work approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). 

Completed an accredited, supervised practice program. 

 Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. 

Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.

So basically I have spent the last 10 years of my life learning all about how food affects your body. I can tell you exactly how your body starts to breaks down food the minute it touches your toungue.  

With that being said I love food. I love eating and enjoying food. And I love helping others love food again. Basically my goal is to educate. Educate the masses on how to navigate the media, and all the crazy info out there. And learn to be healthy on their own terms. 

In my private practice I start by telling all my clients, I don’t care what the number on the scale says, I care about how you feel. I care about how your lab work looks. Does the scale say you’re overweight? Does your lab work look great? Do you feel great? Good. Then let’s focus on what you want to achieve. If it’s not weight loss then it’s not weight loss. Simple as that. 

To understand nutrition is to know that ALL FOODS FIT.  And that you can live a healthy life eating pizza and fries (in moderation of course!) and still feel good. 

So my 5 tips to help you get on a path to a healthier you:

1. Stay hydrated! Drinking water and plenty of it will give you energy and will help you feel amazing! It can also curb your appetite.  

2. Remember each meal is a fresh beginning. If your breakfast wasn’t so great, try for a better lunch. Lunch didn’t work out as you planned? Try again at dinner. If that doesn’t work start all over tomorrow. There is no reason to wait for “Monday”. 

3. Make half your plate fruits and veggies. Seriously. You cannot go wrong eating more fruits and veggies. Load up. I don’t care if they’re fresh, frozen or canned. You will benefit from eating more veggies regardless of how they are packaged. 

4. Be active! When you move you feel better. End of story. Have an alarm on your phone. Or add a break on your calendar. Every hour stop what you’re doing and move for a few minutes! Walk in place, stretch, go for a drink of water. Doesn’t matter what you do. Just move. 

5. Love yourself and take care of yourself. If you don’t, who will? The first step is knowing no one is perfect. And therefore neither are you. There will be good days and bad days. And all you can do is try your best. 

And as always if you’d like to schedule an appointment with me I’m available. Anyone in the Philly area can be covered by insurance so don’t hesitate, call and ask. Link: Nutrition Counseling

If you’re outside the area, Virtual Counseling is only a click away 😃


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