Founder of TelaDietitian, acquired by Teladoc Health (NYSE: TDOC)
Registered Dietitian, Attorney
New Jersey, New York
Brief Introduction/Tell Us About yourself (where you are from, etc)
I am a registered dietitian and attorney. When I was working as a registered dietitian, I saw many people did not have access to a registered dietitian due to convenience and cost so I founded TelaDietitian which is a telehealth platform for nutrition counseling. We built a team of 100+ registered dietitians nationwide and were recently acquired by Teladoc Health (NYSE: TDOC) to further expand telenutrition nationwide.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in nutrition?
While in law school, I was always helping family and friends with nutrition and realized that it was such a huge passion of mine that I added it to my career path. I enjoy the science based approach to nutrition and understanding how diet can prevent and treat different clinical conditions.
How did you become passionate about healthy eating?
I grew up in a Mediterranean home where we always focused on whole food, natural eating with a great deal of vegetables. My grandma really influenced me to see food as medicine and how eating affects how you feel and your health.
What kind of training did you undergo/certification you received?
I completed an undergraduate degree in finance and then went unto law school. I then completed a Didactic Program in nutrition where I completed a dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian.
What do people look for in a nutritionist or dietician?
I think many people need practical nutritional guidance. The important part of a nutrition plan is that it can be executed in a realistic way and a dietitian can help guide that execution to better health outcomes.
If you could persuade people to change three things about their diet, what would they be?
People have to eat more greens! Drink more clean water (which unfortunately is a huge luxury in this world and not to be taken for granted) and cut down on sugar especially from processed foods. There are many more things to do but those are three huge culprits preventing people from great health.
What would you make as a quick and healthy dinner option, if you have 30 minutes of preparation time?
I love making a huge salad. Thankfully my husband loves them :) I always include green leafy vegetables, colorful vegetables like tomatoes, red cabbage, cucumbers, bell peppers. I then include at least one nut like almonds or walnuts, a dried fruit like cranberries or dates, one bean such as cannellini beans. I sometimes also roast a vegetable to include such as broccoli or butternut squash. I serve with a nutrient dense protein such as salmon and drizzle the salad with my absolute favorite combo of lemon, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.
What is your favorite snack?
Homemade kale chips and chocolate covered raspberries
What nutrition trends are you paying attention to in 2020?
I am very interested in nutrition research pertaining to immunity as I believe proper nutrition can strengthen one’s immune system.
Plant based living is becoming more and more popular. When eating a mostly plant based / vegetarian diet, are there certain foods to focus on to make sure we’re getting enough nutrients and protein?
Green leafy vegetables offer vitamins, minerals and important phytonutrients that have been shown to clinically prevent disease.
Speaking of plant based, what are some of the benefits of drinking chlorophyll water / benefits of liquid chlorophyll?
Chlorophyll is a great supplement to improve oxygenation to our blood and bodies. When our blood and organs get better oxygenation, they are better maintained and healthier. Proper oxygenation also helps with cellular energy and detoxification.
What’s one of your favorite organic/natural supplements or vitamins you recommended?
I recommend a comprehensive multivitamin always in whole food form and a multi-strain probiotic. I also recommend a mushroom supplement for immune support.
Any favorite health / nutrition podcasts or books you recommend to our readers?
Food Fix by Dr. Mark Hyman is a great read on our food system and how it affects society.
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