Lifestyle and wellness tips from nutrition expert Keri Glassman
What is a nutritionist? Beyoncé has one and so does the president of the United States, but what does a nutritionist really do for you?
From helping patients make the best lifestyle choices to creating personalized meal plans, Keri Glassman, one of New York's most sought-after nutritionists, gives us an overview of how a nutritionist can help anyone get on a track to better health and wellness.
Keri Glassman is a nutritionist and a registered dietitian. Along with having her own practice, she is a regular contributor to Women's Health, she appears on the Today show, GMA and other national programs. Many people are more familiar with the term nutritionist, or nutrition expert, but according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met the minimum academic and professional requirements to qualify for the credential "RD."
Only for the rich and famous?
So if Beyoncé has a nutritionist, how can the average woman afford one? Are nutritionists just accessible to the rich and famous? "Not at all," exclaims Keri. Some insurance plans, although all are different, cover medical nutrition therapy for things like help with weight loss, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol and even nutritional counseling.
"Many nutritionists are reasonably priced," notes Keri, so you don't have to be a celebrity or wealthy to afford working with one. "Health professionals agree that nutrition services are one of the first treatments people should receive to prevent illness and to treat and improve their health."
Find the right match
We asked Keri what people should consider when they're looking for a nutritionist to work with. "Of course you want to review their expertise, but there are other things to consider, too," she says. "Ask yourself what your primary goal is, and what you're looking to gain: Are you looking for emotional support, accountability, education, specific conditions you need to address. You want someone with an office that's convenient to you, too. Someone that is affordable for your budget, and you want to match up your personalities. Having a rapport with a nutritionist is very important."
More than food
"I advocate a whole person approach to nutrition," Keri explains. "It's not just about food. Look at your desk area for example. If it's organized you might be more productive, which might make you feel better about yourself. If you feel better about yourself you may end up eating a healthy lunch, and so on. It all works together! In my practice we assess a client based on a number of things. We look at sleep patterns, stress and emotions, how much water a person drinks, what medications they take. We assess all of that before working on the food aspect of things."
Tips and tricks for healthy eating and snacking
"I'm a big fan of snacking in general," reveals Keri. "I feel like people don't snack, then end up overconsuming at their next meal, or they feel deprived and go for the first thing they see. Plan your snacks in advance and make sure all your snacks (and foods) are real foods. We eat way too many packaged and processed foods."
Serve up some of these tasty, healthy foods that Keri suggests:
- "Try half an avocado with a little lemon juice, sea salt and pepper (avocados are loaded with healthy fat and fiber)."
- "Eat a green apple with a few teaspoons of almond butter on it and a little cinnamon sprinkled on top."
- "I love popcorn — it's a whole grain food with fiber, and I love the crunch and low-calorie nature to it. It's easy to pick at!"
- "Endive is great for snacking. You can peel the leaves off one at a time and dip them in hummus."
- "I love eating lots of greens at lunch and dinner, like kale and arugula salads. Try a spinach salad with beets, steamed potatoes and a little burrata cheese."
- "I serve all sorts of fish and shrimp (I like to serve shrimp in a marinara sauce over sauteed squash or spinach)."
- "For a vegetarian meal, I'll put together a platter of different things like grilled tofu, hummus, quinoa, sliced peppers, and some crackers and feta cheese."
Visit Keri's website to learn more about her Nutritious Life brand, along with many health, wellness and nutrition tips.