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 Jessica Fishman Levinson, MS, RDN, CDN, a registered and New York State-certified dietitian nutritionist and the founder of Nutritioulicious, a nutrition communications and consulting business in the New York area. She is a spokesperson and brand ambassador for various food and beverage companies, including Fresh Express, Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese, and the Corn Refiners Association. You can follow Jessica on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram, and get more of her Nutritioulicious recipes on her blog.
Smart Nutrition:Describe your eating style in 5 words or less
Jessica: Delicious food made more nutritious
Smart Nutrition: What are your favourite foods?
Jessica: Most fresh fruit (except bananas!), Pad Thai, moist roast chicken breast, soups
Smart Nutrition: List 5 foods that are always in your fridge or pantry
Jessica: fruit, salad, soy sauce, cheese, hummus
Smart Nutrition: Are there any foods you would never eat from a nutrition point of view?
Jessica: no – I truly believe all foods can fit in a healthy lifestyle
Smart Nutrition: If you could only send one nutrition message out to the world, what would it be?
Jessica: Deprivation and restriction don’t work. Allowing yourself to eat the foods you want – even if just in small amounts – is a much more balanced approach to a healthy lifestyle.
Smart Nutrition: What do you think people should relax more about in terms of eating/food?
Jessica: Labeling of foods as GMO/non-GMO, organic vs conventional and the type of sugar in foods. Sugar is sugar is sugar, whether it’s table sugar, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, honey, etc.
Smart Nutrition: Are there any current nutrition/food trends that you find have merit? Conversely, are there any that just make your eyes roll?
Jessica: There are a few that definitely have merit:
1) focus on locally sourced food & using seasonal ingredients
2) healthier kids’ meals
3) greater use of nuts and beans
The ones that make my eyes roll:
1) The health halo around “natural”
2) the Gluten-free craze as a weight-loss diet
3) focus on GMO vs non-GMO
Smart Nutrition: What inspired you to become a dietitian?
Jessica: My own struggles and those of others around me in high school and college to find a healthy balanced diet that wasn’t too restrictive nor too much of a free-for-all. I spent many years specializing in eating disorders as a result of this goal. Now that I’m a mom, my inspiration is to help parents and families get healthier meals on the table more easily and to communicate accurate nutrition information to the public.
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