I strongly believe that ALL foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle and I advocate variety, balance, and moderation instead of unnecessary restrictions or crash diets. I don't believe that there is one perfect dietary approach for everyone; rather there are many paths to health and perfection is not an attainable goal for anyone. I meet my clients where they are and find out what personalized nutritional tweaks will be feasible and sustainable to optimize their health.
As a registered dietitian, I use an evidence-based approach to nutrition counseling and stay up to date on the latest research in peer-reviewed journals. I whole-heartedly believe in the scientific method and am not a proponent of unproven fads, detoxes, or cleanses.
I advocate a minimally processed, plant-based diet, because research has shown that plants have numerous bioactive compounds that reduce disease risk and keep the body operating at 100%. This does not mean that one's diet needs to be exclusively plants -- animals and animal products can absolutely be included in a healthy diet as long as we make room for all of those delicious and nutritious fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils out there!
I believe it's also important to look beyond nutrition when implementing healthy lifestyle changes. Adequate hydration, physical activity, sufficient and good quality sleep, meditation and mindfulness, and stress reduction are all important components to a healthy and balanced life. I work with clients to develop individually tailored plans to improve all of these areas of wellness within my scope of practice.
I know that while I'm a nutrition expert, my clients are the experts on their own bodies and food preferences and so I believe that it's essential to have a trusting, easygoing, and collaborative relationship in order to work together to achieve and maintain nutrition goals.