DANA

I’m Dana. I’m a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, food lover, and exercise addict. I choose spinach over kale, don’t believe in juicing, and rarely (never) turn down a glass of wine or chocolate.

I don’t like to use the words good or bad when talking about food. I believe some choices are better than others, and that the key to a healthy life is balance. “Everything in moderation” is so clich√© isn’t it? It also happens to be the truth. Restrictions, rules, diets…these lead to hanger, obsessing and an unhealthy relationship with food.

My approach is practical and approachable – kinda like me. Why? 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 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 made changes because I wanted to.

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 out to dinner, grabbing drinks after work and in general eating out – constantly. I couldn’t be on a diet. But I couldn’t figure out my next step. Where could I make changes that I hadn’t already? Though more likely the internal dialogue sounded like this…”Why am I suddenly failing at something I work so hard at?” So I asked for help, in the form of a Registered Dietitian, who literally blew my mind. And truthfully, changed my life.

So yeah, without getting into every detail (though we can!), 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. I’m here to provide the tools I was given so you can live a healthy life, without having to give up your life.

 

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