Nutritious Life Masterclass 2017

I just got back from an INCREDIBLE trip to California for the Nutritious Life Masterclass in Santa Monica. I am so proud of our small team and super impressed by all of the amazing women who attended.

Masterclass was a two-day event bringing together some of the leading experts in the wellness industry to discuss nutrition science and trends, eat delicious (and healthy!) food, work out with top trainers, and learn business and counseling skills.

While all of our speakers were informative and inspiring, some personal highlights were:

  • Sam Polk who talked about Making Healthy Food Affordable for All. Sam is the founder of Everytable, a grab-and-go style eatery in Los Angeles that aims to provide nutritious meals at an affordable cost. They price meals according to the neighborhoods they serve making nutritious food accessible to the local community. I was moved by the mission and stopped by the location in Santa Monica. Everything looked seriously delicious and healthy for the same cost as a traditional fast food meal.
  • Kelsey Patel, a spiritual empowerment coach and Reiki master in LA, led the group through a powerful discussion followed by an introduction to Reiki, which was new for me. Kelsey was truly inspiring and made everyone in the group feel comfortable to open up and share their fears. Early on a Saturday morning, she really brought the room alive.
  • Pamela Salzman, a natural foods chef, led a discussion on adapting recipes to fit different lifestyles. I resonated with Pamela's philosophy on cooking with whole foods and love that her goal is to get clients more comfortable in the kitchen so that they have to confidence to experience with flavors and cook on their own.

I am so proud to be a part of the Nutritious Life team and am already counting down to Masterclass 2018!

The Nutritious Life Team on the beach in Santa Monica!

The Nutritious Life Team on the beach in Santa Monica!

Why I Became an RD

Lots of people get intimidated, even turned off, when they hear I'm a dietitian. I think the word "dietitian" sounds a little strict, and people often interpret the word to mean "food police."

I'll be the first one to admit I'm a healthy eater. I eat a ton of vegetables. I eat whole grains and beans. I eat fruit every day and I eat fish a few times a week. But I also eat dessert. And pizza. And the occasional burger.

Everyone has their own interpretation of what "healthy" means. My philosophy is about eating wholesome foods and using food to nourish your body, mind and soul. Good health is about so much more than nutrients (though nutrients are super important too). 

I became a dietitian because I love food. I love to eat good foods to nourish my body, but I also respect the power food has as a part of culture, the ability it has to bring joy, and the role it plays in our families and communities.

Yes, I start my day with Greek yogurt and fruit and eat salads most days for lunch, but I also go out for ice cream. I drink wine and eat cheese. When I travel, I eat the local specialties and on holidays, I eat the traditional dishes.

As a dietitian my goal is to help clients find the balance that works for them. I strive to help others learn to love and appreciate how eating well makes them feel and understand the connection good food has to health. I help clients develop a healthy relationship with their food, and emphasize that their is a place for food that is indulgent and fun.

I became a dietitian so that I could help other learn to love food, not fear it or agonize over it. I became a dietitian to help create a healthier, happier and well-fed world.

 

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