Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN

 

Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN is a Menu For Change provider
Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN is a Menu For Change provider. Menu For Change is a Seattle based weight management and wellness program, promoting empowerment and accountability with a lasting impact.

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.

My approach

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.

  • Menu for Change Registered Dietitian Carrie Dennett chats with a patient in the Seattle office
    Registered Dietitian Carrie Dennett chats with a patient in the Seattle office. Menu For Change is a Seattle based weight management and wellness program, promoting empowerment and accountability with a lasting impact.
  • Menu for Change Registered Dietitian Carrie Dennett chats with members at the 2017 potluck
    Registered Dietitian Carrie Dennett chats about the program at the 2017 annual potluck. The Menu for Change program includes access to special events, including the annual potluck. Menu For Change is a Seattle based weight management and wellness program, promoting empowerment and accountability with a lasting impact.
  • Carrie Dennett speaks at a Menu For Change lecture event
    Registered Dietitian Carrie Dennett speaks at a program’s lecture event. Menu For Change is a Seattle based weight management and wellness program, promoting empowerment and accountability with a lasting impact.
  • Talking health and wellness with Kima Cargill, Kira Baum and Carrie Dennett
    Carrie Dennett, MPH, RDN and Kira Baum, ND, EAMP, chat with Kima Cargill, PhD after a Menu for Change lecture. Menu For Change is a Seattle based weight management and wellness program, promoting empowerment and accountability with a lasting impact.