Throughout your PreviMedica membership, your nutrition advisor will play a key role in formulating your plan for success. Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of the nutrition advisors on our team: Natali!
Natali has been with PreviMedica since 2013. Her knowledge of all things nutrition is impressive and her enthusiasm to help her patients is contagious. We love Natali because she tells it like it is and is always genuinely interested in others. You can read more about her path to PreviMedica here. Today, I am chatting with Natali about what she loves about the field of nutrition, how she motivates her patients, and about Italian food!
Let’s get started! Natali, at what point did you decide that a career in the field of nutrition was for you?
My passion for nutrition began when I was a sophomore in college, when I realized that living a healthy lifestyle can improve the body, mind, and health, and that it can also have a positive influence on many areas of one’s life. This awareness inspires me every day to help myself and others live a healthier and more fulfilling life through exercise and nutrition. I love to be an advocate for good nutrition and protect people from misleading nutritional information.
Knowing you personally, I can definitely say that you practice what you preach! And I know that this shows through in how you counsel your patients. For the people who are reading this who are thinking about taking steps to be healthier, what is one change that they can make to their day-to-day life to get started?
Yes! I definitely practice what I preach because what I do is my passion and I want to share my passion and my love for nutrition and exercise with others. Counseling is not a job for me. It is what makes me happy. I have the heart for this kind of job; I have the passion and determination for nutrition and desire to help others.
As far as one change that someone can make to impact their health, it really depends. Everyone is different and responds to different things. It depends on how ready they are, and where they are with their health or lifestyle. Everything we do here is individualized and based on a person’s readiness to change and health goals.
Ok, ok that was kind of an impossible question, haha. Like you said, it all depends on the person’s individual situation, which is why it is so important to have the guidance of a nutrition professional!
What would you say to someone who is having trouble staying motivated?
I usually encourage people to stay motivated by telling them that it is okay to make gradual changes and work on one goal at the time. I’ve learned that making many changes at once can be overwhelming and frustrating. People who make too many changes overnight are less likely to stay on the right path. I also tell people that they need to think about their body as a temple, and what they are doing is making a long-term investment to help prevent disease.
Absolutely! There is a lot of misinformation out there about quick fixes, but it will always remain true that gradual changes have lasting impact. Last nutrition question before we get into some food talk. If there is one nutrition myth that you could dispel for everyone reading, what would that be?
Since gluten free is one of the hot nutrition topics nowadays, many people have decided to go gluten free because they think is healthier. I think it’s important to educate people on the best way to go gluten free. Just because a product is gluten free (cookies, cakes, desserts, sweets), that does not mean that these products are healthier and/or better for our bodies. Gluten free products typically contain either more sugar or more fat to compensate for the gluten properties. Also, gluten-free products lack many nutrients including B vitamins and fiber and often times more calories.
When we consult with our clients here at PreviMedica, we educate them on the best way to go gluten free by choosing naturally gluten free whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, starchy vegetables, proteins of high biological value, and healthy, high-quality fats.
Yes! This is definitely a message that a lot of people are not aware of. Or even thinking that gluten free means lower carb. Most of the time that isn’t the case.
Ok, now on to the good stuff:
What are 3 things that you always have in your refrigerator?
Vegetables, eggs, nut butters
Favorite food as a kid?
French fries, green grapes and…… I know is not real food but……. candy (yes, I was a candyholic).
You and I would have been best friends as kids! Or maybe enemies because I didn’t share my candy.
Best meal you have eaten lately?
Homemade seafood ramen noodle soup made by Frank. It was sooooo delicious. I think I’m going to ask him to make that soup again todayJ
(Frank is Natali’s significant other who also happens to be a chef and owner of an Italian restaurant. I mean… she is living the life. 🙂 )
Speaking of, Italian food or Colombian food?
Italian!! I love everything about Italy especially the food. I think I was Italian in my past life.
Puppies or babies?
Babies, and then puppies for the babies!
You didn’t fall for my trick question! That is correct. The answer is puppies with babies.
Thanks for chatting with me, Natali! Your passion for your job is evident, and we are so lucky to have you on our team. Now, if we could arrange to get some of Frank’s seafood ramen…
If you are interested in nutrition consultations with PreviMedica, please feel free to contact us at 855-773-8463 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eunice Holmes, RDN, LDN is a regular contributor to this blog and assistant nutrition manager for PreviMedica. Her favorite things are pretty food, being a cat lady without actually having a cat, and of course, her family.