Morgan became a frequent flier in doctors’ offices due to dealing with various health issues. After trying out a few medications without success, a GI doctor explained the importance of getting down to the root cause of her symptoms and referred her to a registered dietitian nutritionist. She quickly learned how eating nourishing foods, exercising, and collaborating with a doctor and dietitian can change your health – and life! – for the better. Morgan’s goal is to help patients have the same “aha” moment so they can heal. Prior to joining the Culina Health team, Morgan was an inpatient dietitian at Mount Sinai in New York City.
Favorite cultural dish or comfort food: Persimmon pudding
Go-to morning beverage: Iced or hot latter
Favorite thing to purchase at the farmer’s market or grocery store: Honeycrisp apples and fun cheese!
Sleep ritual I never forget: Wash my face
What I listen to for inspiration: 90’s/early 2000’s pop music always gets me more energized.
Favorite recipe: Miso salmon with green beans
Favorite nutrient-packed snack: Chili and garlic cashews from TJ’s
Favorite book/TV show/movie: Where the Crawdads Sing/Friends/How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Grocery shopping tip: Pick out a few recipes ahead of time and make a list of the ingredients you need.
What’s one small thing someone can do today to work toward a balanced eating pattern/lifestyle? Hydrate! Hydration can be so helpful for many things in our body. My number one tip is to spread out water intake during the day. So if your goal is 8 cups per day then aim to get to 4 cups by 1-2pm!
A mindful eating moment you had recently: Eating meals too quickly! I noticed just this week that I was continuing to shovel food into my mouth before I was even done chewing with my previous bite. I say this quite often to my patients, but slowing down for meals (especially lunch) is something most of us are not used to (including me). But making sure to put your fork down in between each bite can help to naturally elongate the meal and help with any possibly post-meal GI symptoms that might arise!
A habit you swear by: Post-meal walks and belly breathing!
Nutrition myth or trend you find particularly annoying and would like to set the record straight: One food or supplement is not going to be the fix it for any issues that might be occurring. There are so many other components that can affect how we feel — sleep, stress, environment. Often times we need to take a step back and look at the whole picture to get you feeling your best self!
Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition, New York University
New York University & Mount Sinai Hospital
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics