Registered dietitian in New York City and author of The Better Period Food Solution
In a nutshell, what do you do as a registered dietitian?
I write for media companies and consult for nutrition and food brands. I help make sense of nutritional science and research by breaking it down into digestible pieces and actionable goals to help educate the public.
What do most people seek advice about?
When I saw clients a few years ago, their biggest goals were getting their bodies and minds right for when they wanted to try for a family. They wanted to make sure they were eating the correct number of calories with the right balance of nutrients in order to make sure they were menstruating regularly. That way, when it came to family planning time, their cycles were predictable.
Can you explain “intuitive eating?”
Intuitive eating is a way of eating by following your hunger and fullness cues. Instead of reading numbers on the nutrition label or weighing your food, this method forces you to rely on your inner hunger and fullness signals. You eat what you want until you are satisfied and then eat again when you are hungry. It helps relinquish “good” and “bad” foods or any food rules that have been engrained over the years because it encourages you to eat what you want, with the hopes of trusting your instincts to eat a diet that can welcome both chocolate and vegetables.
What are your top tips for losing weight?
Eat more vegetables at every meal. It may sound silly but if you fill yourself up with colorful and nutrient-rich vegetables like roasted cauliflower, crunchy string beans and refreshing peppers, it will naturally steer you away from munching aimlessly on empty calories from low-nutrient snacks or sweets. Plus, the more vegetables you eat, the more fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you will provide to your body, which will ultimately improve your short-term and long-term health.
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As women, how can we use food to improve and optimize our health and cycles?
It’s important to know when your cycle is coming, so you know the reason behind your change in cravings, mood and energy. I created a method of eating called “Food Cycling” in my book that teaches you how to eat foods that are in line with your monthly cycle. For example, before your period arrives, it’s so important to load up on vitamin C-rich foods to help arm your body with antioxidants. Your immune system weakens right before your period so it’s key to prepare yourself with immune-boosting foods. During your period, it’s essential to consume more iron-rich foods to replenish the blood loss. Also, during ovulation, your appetite may decrease as your body is naturally more focused on conception than consuming food, so it’s recommended to eat more nutrient-dense foods, like nuts and avocados, since you may be less likely to graze.
Any extra tips?
Track your cycle! In order to learn about the “whys” behind your cycle, it’s important to know what day you are at. That way, it will help you better understand your abrupt change in mood, energy, productivity, sleep patterns, sexual engagement and even your sociability.
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