How did you get into nutrition?
My passion for nutrition began in college. For the first time, I was exercising regularly and paying attention to what I put in my body. I noticed physical and mental changes, as well as increases in energy, confidence, and happiness. I couldn't get enough! Then, about a year after I graduated, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was the scariest time of my life. I began to research preventative measures for breast cancer, and saw a huge connection with diet.
I decided to pursue dietetics because it is backed by science. Registered Dietitians practice in an evidence-based manner. We don't jump onto food trends unless we have done our research and know the effects are strongly supported in the literature. We are truly nutrition experts, and know the minute details of digestion, absorption and everything that encompasses food!
Where did you complete your Dietetic Internship?
I did my dietetic internship (DI) at NYU. I completed my clinical rotations at NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, and community rotation at Good Housekeeping Magazine.
I had a wonderful experience during my internship. For those interested in the NYU internship, I cannot recommend it enough! I plan on writing a blog post about tips to get into your dream DI.
Are you vegetarian? Gluten Free? Paleo?
I've been a pescatarian for about 5 years, since graduating college. This means I eat dairy, eggs and seafood, but no meat or poultry. I am a firm believer that a diet consisting of a majority from plants is best for most people, as well as for the environment. I do not count calories or macros, and I find that eating this way, you really don't need to! Intuitively eating a mostly plant-based diet has allowed me to maintain excellent health, as well as never feel deprived. Michael Pollan said it best - "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants".
How much money do you spend on groceries?
As a grad student, I don't have a ton of extra spending money. I cook a majority of my meals at home, save for 2-3 meals out on average per week. I typically shop at Trader Joe's, because they have the best prices in my neighborhood and have generally high quality products. I spend 40-60 dollars per week on food - and a majority of this is produce! I like to keep a stock of pantry staple items on hand at all times (see my Kitchen Essentials page for details).
Check out this post for my tips on how to grocery shop and meal prep on a budget.
What camera do you use?
I use my iPhone 7 Plus! My favorite editing apps are VSCO and Snapseed.
What's your workout routine?
Fitness is a huge part of my life! I like to do something active every day, and try to mix that up as much as possible. I prefer working out first thing in the morning. I find it sets a tone of accomplishment for the day, gives me lasting energy, and allows me to make impromptu plans for the evening with friends, my boyfriend or family.
I try to alternate cardio days with resistance training days. My favorite forms of cardio are running and Soul Cycle.
For resistance training, I recently have ejoyed building my own circuit-style workouts. I get inspiration from Kayla Itsines, Corporate Sneakers, and Alexia Clark. On rest days, I still like to move my body in a gentle way, whether that be going for a walk or a restorative yoga class.