Dietitians, nutritionists, health coaches. It gets confusing, but there’s a difference. A Registered Dietitian (that’s me) is a food and nutrition professional who has met the academic and professional requirements for the credential. Registered Dietitians are the only licensed credentials recognized as providers of medical nutrition therapy (MNT).
It’s individualized because everyone’s different. I start by getting to know my clients and their goals, challenges, health history and eating habits. This is important because it helps inform what strategies will work — and won’t. Because I’m also a fitness instructor, I provide a well-rounded approach that includes both exercise and eating strategies. And, the strategies I use are evidence-based — that’s a fancy way of saying they’re proven to be successful.
After years of education and consulting, every dietitian develops his/her own point of view. Here’s mine. Moderation + mindfulness. It’s impossible to think you’re going to eat perfectly nutritious meals 100% of the time. And there’s no reason to. It’s ok to indulge in chocolate or potato chips. But — this is where the mindfulness comes in — it’s about having an awareness about it. And making the choice to eat certain foods in moderation.
I enjoy partnering with organizations who believe in health and wellness. I provide programs, tools and coaching that help employees identify and reach their goals. When employees are healthier, they’re happier, more productive and have fewer sick days. Everybody benefits.
My clients are all different: People looking to lose weight, people looking to gain weight, diabetics, athletes, and so on. The one thing that they all have in common? They’re truly engaged and motivated. That’s what makes it work.
BS in Human Nutrition and Exercise and Fitness; University of Chicago at Illinois
Dietetic Residency, MBA in Healthcare Administration; Dominican University, River Forest, IL
Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Dietitians in Business and Communications, and the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group
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