My Healthy Life Philosophy:
I hate diets. We are each so different in our schedules, our likes and dislikes, our cultural backgrounds, etc. How can one diet work for everyone? It can’t!!! My entire philosophy is based on helping people build a normal relationship with food rather than relying on calorie counting or eating a certain amount of macronutrients. I will never label food as “good” or “bad,” as I firmly believe that all foods can fit into a healthy way of eating.
A healthy life goes beyond the dinner plate, as it entails a healthy mindset as well. As much as eating whole, natural foods will provide optimum health and energy, it is of no value if you’re left feeling unhappy, deprived, or compulsively obsessed with eating healthy all of the time. Healthy eating is learning that it’s okay to occasionally say “yes” to a chocolate chip cookie at a birthday party. It’s learning to love oneself regardless of “the last five pounds.” It’s learning to not obsess over the morning scale. It’s not depriving oneself of food as a punishment for overeating the day before. A healthy life is learning to love your body for what it CAN do instead of what it CAN’T do.
In summary, healthy eating is eating real food most of the time, while enjoying everything else in moderation. It does not require perfection, but it does require balance with a touch of patience. This is what I believe healthy eating to be, and it is something that I believe we can all achieve through practice and perseverance.
Education and Credentials:
Masters of Science degree in Human Nutrition with a concentration in Obesity and Nutritional Health from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN) obtained by passing the Registration Exam for Dietetics administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and maintaining 75 hours of continuing education every 5 years.
Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.
Licensed Dietitian in the state of Massachusetts by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and maintaining 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
Massachusetts Dietetic Association (MDA)