I love food. I own more than 200 cookbooks and enjoy preparing meals that are both nutritious and delicious. However, I know that a healthy relationship with food doesn’t always come easily.
Even when we think we know how to eat, life can get in the way of acting on what we know. When our relationship with food is in balance, we don’t eat to live, but we don’t live to eat, either. We eat nourishing food that fuels our bodies for all we need them to do. We also enjoy our food, making eating one of many pleasures in our lives.
My Master of Public Health degree is in nutritional sciences from the University of Washington, and I completed my dietetic internship through UW Medicine. My weekly “On Nutrition” column can be found in The Seattle Times.
One thing I’ve learned along the way is that one-size-does-not-fit-all when it comes to nutrition and the journey to better health. That’s why I don’t do cookie cutter meal plans. Instead, I collaborate with patients to develop an individualized plan for eating well and being well that works for their taste buds, their schedule and their life. I help them develop workable, realistic ways to incorporate small, sustainable and lasting changes into their lives that will help them reach their health and wellness goals.
I take the time to learn where each patient is today in terms of their nutrition and health habits, where they hope to go, what’s important to them and what’s worked (or not worked) for them in the past.
We talk about lifestyle factors that can affect nutrition and weight, such as sleep, stress and activity, as well as any nutrition-related health concerns. Over time, I work with my patients to make adjustments as needed to help refine their goals and their plan. It takes time to form new habits and to build a firm foundation for a healthier life!
Healthy eating doesn’t need to be time-consuming or complicated; it is based on so much more than body weight. No matter what a patient’s food and weight history, I can help them restore or discover a healthy, vibrant, peaceful relationship with food and guide them to find their best ways to nourish themselves. The results? More energy, better health and improved body image.