ABOUT

Dana Pitman wearing a gray peace symbol shirtRestrictions, rules and diets lead to hanger, obsessing and an unhealthy relationship with food.

My approach is practical and approachable – kinda like me! It’s also because I’ve been there myself. A formerly overweight kid who stubbornly refused the efforts of her parents, learned to associate eating with shame, and totally overdid it at my friends’ houses where all the “good stuff” was. I came around in my own time (which is the only way I do things) and I began making changes.

I did a great job for a while, until I hit a plateau I couldn’t bust through. I was in my early 20s, working a corporate job and living in New York City. I was also eating out – constantly. I couldn’t figure out my next step and dreamt up all the “diet rules” that would soon ruin my personal and professional life.  And as any perfectionist would, I beat myself up for suddenly failing. So I asked for help, in the form of a Registered Dietitian, who literally blew my mind. And truthfully, changed my life.

So yeah, I’ve been you. I am you. I live not just in New York City, but the real world, and I get it. I found someone who told it to me straight and taught me the delicate art of balance while also being my biggest cheerleader. She re-framed my outlook and I never looked back.

That was over 10 years and 1 career change ago. Yep. Nutrition was not my first career – but it was certainly my calling. And now I’m here to pay it forward. My goal is to help you reach yours in a realistic and sustainable way. Living a healthy life should not mean having to give up your life.

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A Little Bit More About Me

I initially earned my Bachelors degree in psychology from Muhlenberg College and immediately went to work in the corporate world. Six years in I wasn’t miserable, but I also wasn’t jumping out of bed every morning, and I could feel the need for a change coming on.

Coincidentally, this was also around the time I began seeing that angel of an RD I mentioned before. And from there my passion was realized. I got up the courage to leave the safety of a 9 to 5 and headed back to school.

I officially became a Registered Dietitian after completing my internship at NYU Langone Medical Canter and earned a Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition from New York University while I was at it.

I’ve counseled clients privately as well as in clinical settings who suffer from a wide range of nutrition concerns and medical conditions. I’m a Registered Dietitian at Hospital for Special Surgery where I counsel clients, continue to develop the hospital’s Employee Wellness Programs, speak on a range of nutrition topics and regularly contribute to outside publications and social media outlets.

 

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