I’ve always been interested in food/nutrition, but after a going through cancer treatment I I felt even more strongly about how much of an impact our eating patterns can have on how we show up for ourselves and in the world every day. I wanted to be more intentional about how I spend my days and decided to pursue nutrition full time. I cherish the opportunity to build relationships with people, help them set and meet goals, and hope that I can make even a small positive impact on their quality of life.
Favorite cultural dish or comfort food: Macaroni and cheese (Annie’s white cheddar and I have been in a loving relationship for nearly 30 years now)
Go-to morning beverage: Water followed by cold brew with a splash of milk
Favorite thing to purchase at the farmer’s market or grocery store: Fresh bread at the farmer’s market
Sleep ritual I never forget: I put my phone on “do not disturb” at least a half hour before bedtime. That and a sleep mask wherever I go to keep the light out!
What I listen to for inspiration: One of my favorite podcasts (for example Mel Robbins, Jay Shetty)
Favorite recipe: This changes regularly, but currently loving Molly Baz’s Rarebit Mac ‘n’ Greens
Favorite nutrient-packed snack: Also changes, but currently Chomps beef stick paired with fruit of choice (apple or clementines right now)
Favorite book/TV show/movie: I am a serial re-watcher of New Girl, have seen this show too many times to count.
Grocery shopping tip: Don’t show up hungry! Even if you arrive with a list showing up hungry can lend itself to over-purchasing, and potentially tossing unused items at the end of the week. Not ideal for your wallet or the environment!
What’s one small thing someone can do today to work toward a balanced eating pattern/lifestyle?
Have a glass of water.
Move your body as best you’re able for ten minutes.
Add your favorite fruit or vegetable to your next meal.
Take a five minute break, just for yourself.
A mindful eating moment you had recently: Over the holidays I enjoyed my favorite seasonal treats/meals with family and friends, but did my best to provide my body with nourishing foods in addition to these things. Looking for ways to strike balance keeps me feeling good outside of my daily routine.
A habit you swear by: A protein-packed breakfast. Truly a game changer!
What’s your nutrition superpower? Translating doctor speak/recommendations as they relate to lifestyle changes into goals that are realistic for the specific person.
How has your cultural culinary heritage shaped your approach to nutrition, and do you incorporate any traditional practices into your counseling? I don’t incorporate any traditional practices, but I feel strongly that it’s important to take someone’s culinary heritage into account when counseling.
Nutrition philosophy in a nutshell: We can eat what we want, but in order to feel our best we have to give our body what it needs. If those two things aren’t aligned, let’s figure out how to get there.
Nutrition myth or trend you find particularly annoying and would like to set the record straight: As a person who spends most of her days in the weight management space currently, two immediately come to mind –
Master of Science in Nutrition, Boston University
Boston Medical Center