My interest in nutrition began when I worked as a waitress in a New York City vegetarian restaurant. There I met many people who maintained their health through food, exercise and relaxation. The waitressing took me through four years of college resulting in a bachelor of science degree in media.
For the next eight years I worked in television production but continued working in restaurants. The job was just a job and a very unrewarding one. Almost 5 years later, I graduated with a masters degree in nutrition and physiology.
Although my family history is not strong in diabetes, it has been extremely rewarding for me to be able to help people with the disease. There is no question that people with diabetes benefit from understanding how to control their disease and how fortunate it is to be able rely on yourself for good health.
Having managed a diabetes center for over 12 years, counseling people with diabetes in groups and individually, lecturing in the community and to healthcare professionals and being a member of diabetes committees, I have found my passion.
As a registered/licensed dietitian and certified diabetes educator, my strength in counseling is offering sensible advice to allow you to achieve your goals. I like to listen to who you are, where you are in your life, your capabilities, what you like to eat, what activity, if any, you partake in and then walk you through the education with the least amount of pressure. Afterall, even though you may have diabetes, you are still a human being. We all know what we “should be” doing but we just aren’t perfect. I like using humor, practicality and compassion.
With diabetes, there are many “rules” to follow – testing blood sugar daily, making healthy food choices, eating moderate carbohydrates, exercising and basically trying to avoid the frightening complications that you hear all about. There are many rules in life as well and we don’t always follow them.
Look at me, I gained over 30 pounds while I was in graduate school studying to be a food and exercise specialist! It’s just like losing weight, you need discipline. The difference is that now you have more motivation to succeed, you are trying to control a disease that may have devastating consequences. How is that for a kick in the butt to do what you need to do for yourself?
I look forward to coaching you through this disease that can clearly be controlled, on the forum, blog, newsletters and/or online diabetes counseling.