Simply Me.

Who are you?

Hi!  My name is Sarah, and I’m a Registered Dietitian.

What is a Registered Dietitian?

Being “registered” means that I completed a 4-year undergraduate program in dietetics/nutrition, completed a 10-1/2 month dietetic internship, and successfully passed the dietitian exam distributed by CDR to become officially registered.  The information that we as dietitians provide to the public is science based, which means you won’t be slammed with hodge podge or funny diets.  Let’s stick to the facts!

What are your interests?

In the field of nutrition, my interests include cardiovascular health, healthy living with diabetes, weight loss, weight gain, sports nutrition and eating disorders.  I like showing people how to use healthy foods in a tasty way, which includes teaching  them how to shop/cook.  I’m also fascinated with gastrointestinal health.

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

I’m a huge breakfast person, so I like to make myself a nice large meal first thing in the morning.  Usually oatmeal with walnuts, banana, cinnamon and soy milk.  But I also like scrambled eggs with whole wheat toast, avocado and fruit, or maybe two slices of whole wheat toasts with almond butter, a banana, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a glass of soy milk.  And always, always, always a cup of coffee.

What about snacks?  Lunch?  Dinner?

Lunch is usually a large salad with protein (beans or tuna or cheese), fats (walnuts, olive oil or avocado), produce (lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, etc.) and a whole grain on the side (brown rice, triscuit crackers, whole wheat bread, etc.)

Snacks come between breakfast and lunch, lunch and dinner and a smaller snack before bed: this could be fruit with cheese, almond butter with crackers, yogurt with granola and fruit…always different.

Dinner is always different too.  Wild caught salmon with brown rice and broccoli.  Or a tofu stir fry.  Or lentil tacos.  Or sometimes a bowl of cereal if I’m in a hurry.  Oops!  Don’t ever say I’m not honest.

Why did you enter the nutrition field?

I like how Jillian Michaels explained her career choice, stating she never really saw herself as a fitness guru.  More of a confidence builder.  This is so well said!  I want people to feel their best so that they can be their best.  Both mentally and physically.  I believe that if you’re eating well, that if you have a good, healthy relationship with food, you’ll be the more confident version of you.  You’ll feel energetic, vibrant, beautiful, healthy, strong.  It’s all about living the best life that you can for YOU!

What 3 foods will you never eat?

I can’t imagine swearing off any food, but there are some foods I don’t like.  Okra, for one.  Clams, although they’re actually quite good for you.  And raw sushi.

What 3 foods are always in your house?

Dark chocolate covered almonds; I always snag a few after lunch.  Peanut butter or almond butter (I should buy stocks.)  And soy milk, which I use as my main source of faux “dairy.”

Are you vegetarian/vegan?

No.  Although most of the foods I eat are in fact vegan, I don’t do well with titles.  I promote plant-based diets when talking with clients and I think this is where our focus should be when looking to improve our health.  But that does not necessarily mean avoiding animal products completely.

If you could convince people to add any 3 foods to their diet, what would they be?

Kale.  Walnuts.  Herbs and spices (does that count as more than one?  Oops.)

Why the “simple” dietitian?

Because I believe that nutrition should be simple.  There’s nothing weird or odd about eating for optimum health.  There’s nothing wrong with eating as close to natural as possible.  It’s the way we were made to eat.  It’s what makes us feel our best.  What’s so weird about that?

And.  I don’t like complicated.  I like simple.  It makes life so much more enjoyable.

30 thoughts on “Simply Me.

  1. Hi, I like your blog and philosphies. I can’t afford services, but could I ask some general questions? I’m struggling with weight, eating, things like that. Long story, but I can’t burden you with it. But just as a foodie, if you are able to answer any questions, please email me . Thanks!

    • YES! That would be Atlas Farms. I graduated from UMass Amherst and frequented the farmers markets (ALL the time) when I was there. Now that I’ve graduated, I don’t get out there half as often as I’d like, but I still try to shoot up there whenever I can! 😀

  2. Hi, I just found your blog and I can’t wait to read more of your posts in the future :). I love your philosophies regarding nutrition.

  3. Hi Sarah,

    I’ve been following your blog since “Running to Slow Things Down.” Then you moved to “The Flying Onion.” You weren’t posting for a while, so I thought you were done. Then I discovered that you moved again! Glad you’re back 🙂 Great to see that your job search is over and you’re now working!

  4. Hi Sarah! I just saw in an above comment that you went to UMass — coincidences abound, because I went to Amherst College for my first degree. I’m also a registered dietitian, and I love your “nutrition should be simple” philosophy. Btw, your photography is beautiful!

  5. Hi Sarah,

    I accidentally found your blog while I was browsing for running workouts, and I started reading your previous blog with all those delicious recipes. I’ll have to try some (most?) of them!!! They just look so good!
    I’m currently trying to obtain my bachelors degree in NS but I do have at least another year ahead of me until graduation; plus I don’t know if I’ll ever become a RD.
    Congratulations on your job, btw. I can tell you have a passion for food and greatly enjoy your job! 🙂

  6. Hi! I’m really loving your blog and your food philosophy. I’m in the process of applying for RD programs myself and the blog world has been a great resource for finding other RDs out there sharing their experiences- I love it! I read that you went to UMass- did you enjoy their nutrition program? I’m considering Tufts, but I haven’t looked that closely at UMass. What’s your advice for a wannabe RD if any?? Keep it up with your amazing blog posts and Happy Food Day!! 🙂

    • I really, really enjoyed UMass. After graduating with a bachelors in human nutrition, I was accepted to the Dietetic Internship at UMass as well. I’ve entered the work force feeling adequate and very informed. Confidence does grow with time, but it’s important to have a solid foundation to grow from. I imagine Tufts offers a fabulous nutrition program as well…you can’t go wrong with either choice! 😀

      My advice for a wannabe RD would be to get involved as much as possible right now. Even simple things that don’t seem like they matter REALLY do. Every single job interview that I’ve had (trust me, there were a lot 😉 ) they ask things like “what is your experience with customer service/satisfaction?” “Describe who you are as an employee if your manager had to describe you.” Etc. They also look at experience, both payed and volunteer.

      The dietitian world is a small place. Find dietitians in your area and get to know them, whether by email or visiting or volunteering. Connections really are everything. Job hunting aside, you’ll also have the opportunity in this way to find what areas of nutrition you love. I never pictured myself in clinical dietetics, but I actually love it! 😀

      Another piece of advice: If you really, truly, 100% want to be an RD, you will be. Don’t let naysayers bog you down with how hard it is to find an internship or to find a job. If you’re passionate about food, helping people, nutrition and/or science and you feel that this is really what you want, go for it! It WILL happen if you want it to. 😀

      • Wow- thanks SO much for your advice! Really, this is awesome. I went to a Food Day event today and realized that I really want to start volunteering with either a school garden or community project. I started my blog over the summer because I wanted to be proactive and have a space to explore nutrition issues and healthy eating (which has been awesome) but I don’t have a whole lot of direct experience with nutrition. Your advice reinforces what I thought to myself this afternoon, so thanks for that! I’m not so crazy about clinical either, but I guess you never know right? Honestly, thanks again- you rock! Hope you enjoy the rest of your week. 🙂

  7. Hello!First off, I love your blog/ attitude towards simple, healthy living. Such a breath of fresh air! I have a question for you regarding milk (soy, almond, cows) There is so much conflicting information regarding benefits and reasons why we should stay away (chemicals, soy, etc.) In your professional opinion, is it “okay”, health wise, to drink soy milk and almond milk? I know some brands of almond milk contain carrageenan, which I read was not ideal to consume. As far as soy milk is concerned, I understand you must ensure that it is non-GMO soy beans, but is it safe to drink as well? Sorry if I am rambling, I am just so confused about this! I am living overseas and the milk (organic) that we by expires so quickly and was hoping for an alternative. Thank you for professional opinion. I truly value your opinion!

    • This sounds like a great opportunity for a blog post. 😉 Thanks for asking such a great question and stay tune. I’d like to write a full post on this topic. 😀

  8. Even though it’s quite evident and already said many times, you definitely have something special here! You’re blog is unique; in that it’s fun, informative, intellectual, and most importantly, appealing to so many people. Eating healthy needs to be shouted from all the mountaintops of the world! We’re in desperate need for lifestyle change, with overweight and obesity rates getting worse as we speak, especially in the US (I did a grad school research proposal on the prevalence overweight/obesity rates in the US truck driving industry, at-risk population in grave need for change). It saddens me how much people take their health and what they eat for granted. It’s sad we also live in a reactive society, where we simply wait for bad/negative things to occur before we begin to change. We should adopt proactive means of solving our health problems, rather than simply sitting back and letting them get worse. I could go on and on, and I’m sure you feel the same way; so once again, great blog and I hope to hear a lot of good things from you!

  9. Hi Sarah! I recently emailed you about a request for an interview — would you still be interested? Thanks! 🙂

  10. Hi Sarah, so glad I found your blog! You and I both seem to have similar nutrition philosophies. I work at a private practice and promote plant based eating, although I don’t label myself either- life is way too complicated for that! And my adoration for bacon wrapped dates prevents any labeling 🙂

    love the blog!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and for the kind comments!! Oh, and yes, I agree. Bacon wrapped dated will always prevent labeling for me as well. 😉

  11. Hi Sarah!

    I’ve been following you’re blog for a while now and I just wanted to let you know I really look up to you! I am a runner and (almost) recovered anorexic and have slowly come to really appreciate food and exercise in a healthy and fun way-you’ve really helped me in this area! I’ve come a long way and am now on the path towards becoming a dietitian 🙂

    So glad I found your blog!

  12. Dear Sarah!

    Your blog is super.
    I mostly like the food descriptions and the posts about running.

    I would like to use one of your photoes on my personal blog.
    The one with the sticker saying I love beef.
    Can I contact you by e-mail?
    Thank you!

  13. Hi Sarah! I found your blog while looking for dietitian blogs. I am currently a dietetics student, and I love how your blog focuses on enjoying the simple things in life. I’m looking forward to future posts.

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