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.