RDs Spill the Beans is a feature where I interview Registered Dietitians about the food they eat and their nutrition philosophies. People always seem to be interested in what dietitians eat, so now’s your chance to take a sneak peak into a dietitian’s fridge 🙂
Today’s interview is with Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD, a Registered Dietitian and Wellness Coach with a Masters in Nutrition. Specializing in coaching, weight loss, and behavior change, Corinne has helped hundreds of women develop a healthy positive relationship with food, their body, and themselves. She helps women do this by showing them how to create a healthy lifestyle (they love) using a holistic approach. She believes lasting change starts from the inside out. Visit her at CorinneDobbas.com
Jessica: Describe your eating style in 5 words or less
Corinne: Simple. Fresh. Homecooked. Open. Free (there’s nothing that’s off-limits).
Jessica: What are your favourite foods?
Corinne: Avocado. Sushi. Seaweed and cucumber salad. Berries. Steamed cauliflower. Quinoa. Miso soup. Black rice. Delicata quash. Greek yogurt. Shrimp. Real Swiss chocolate.
Jessica: List 5 foods that are always in your fridge or pantry
Corinne: Miso broth. Quinoa. Oatmeal. Natural peanut butter (or almond butter). Tomato sauce.
Jessica: Are there any foods you would never eat from a nutrition point of view?
Corinne: No, there’s nothing I wouldn’t eat or try from a nutritional viewpoint. If I truly want something, I enjoy it from a place of mindfulness and gratitude. Trust me – I’ve tried the deprivation route and it never works. You end up going for what you wanted (plus some) and in a cycle of shame and guilt. Once here, you deprive, get too hungry, binge, and repeat …
When you treat yourself with compassion and kindness, nourish your body with real whole foods, and honor your hunger and fullness, you’re able to live in a beautiful relationship with food, your body, and yourself.
Jessica: If you could only send one nutrition message out to the world, what would it be?
Corinne: That feeling good in your skin isn’t about reaching a certain weight. It’s about adopting self-love and acceptance. Because when you have these two things, you operate on a higher level – in all aspects. You choose foods that are good for you. Relationships that empower you. You set boundaries out of self-respect. You move your body out of love and kindness, not self-hate.
So many of the nutrition and health messages out there today are centered around weight loss or “no pain, no gain.” But that’s the wrong message. Trust me, I’ve seen plenty of miserable thin people. Plus, I’ve been one! True happiness isn’t about reaching a certain goal weight or burning a certain number of calories, it’s learning how to really love and accept ourselves, as we are. And once we can do that, we can see things in a different light and then truly move forward and break blocks.
Jessica: What do you think people should relax more about in terms of eating/food?
Corinne: As a culture, we get super fixated on the “what” to eat and forget about the “how” to eat or “why” we eat. Often, we eat in front of computers or televisions, in the car, or under a stressful time crunch. But, when you come at a meal with grace, time, intention, and mindfulness, you’re able to pay attention to your food, your hunger level, and what your body needs. Think about it. How do you want to show up for your meal? Stressed, frantic, and rushed? Or, calm, mindful, and with intention.
To get more into the “how,” I have clients take a minute to set an intention for their meal. You can do this anywhere – no one has to know you’re doing it. But take one-minute and think about what’s your intention for this meal? To calm down? To honor your fullness factor? What’s your intention? By simply even thinking of this, you’ll allow yourself to figure out how you want to show up for your meal.
Regarding the “why,” we use food for many more reasons than nourishment. For comfort. For control. For stress relief. For happiness. And the list could go on. But, start to observe (no judgement here, just observation) why you eat, beyond hunger reasons. And trust me, you’re not alone – I’ve definitely been there! Once you’re able to look at your “why” and truly get comfortable with it, then and only then, can you move closer to your soul’s intention of how you want to change your relationship with food. Or, you may discover what void you need to fill that food has been filling. For example, you may find food makes you feel cozy. But, you know that baths and reading a book under a blanket does too. So, you add back these simple things to fill the void your soul needs… It’s not always about food. Don’t be afraid to look at your “why.”
Jessica: Are there any current nutrition/food trends that you find have merit? Conversely, are there any that just make your eyes roll?
Corinne: Eating real whole unprocessed food, as best you can will always have merit in my book;) As far as trends that don’t have merit, it’s simply important to realize that there are so many new diets out there because none of them really work. Feeling like your best healthiest happiest self isn’t about going on a diet, it’s about learning what works for you and practicing it on a daily basis, along with self-kindness and compassion. It’s your own personal journey that will have ups and downs and always remember that your “downs” are your biggest teachers to uncover your blocks and move forward with grace.
Jessica: What inspired you to become a dietitian?
Corinne: I took a physiology class in high school where we briefly covered nutrition. I was fascinated, wanted to learn more, and help others’ discover their passion for living healthfully. Today, I’m proud to say that I help women transform their relationship with food, their body, and themselves.
Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian and Wellness Coach with a Masters in Nutrition. Specializing in coaching, weight loss, and behavior change, Corinne has helped hundreds of women develop a healthy positive relationship with food, their body, and themselves. She helps women do this by showing them how to create a healthy lifestyle (they love) using a holistic approach. She believes lasting change starts from the inside out. Visit her at CorinneDobbas.com
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