Meet Your PreviMedica Nutrition Advisor: Basilia

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: Basilia!

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Basilia has been with PreviMedica since 2013.  Our office is a brighter place because of her! She comes to work with a smile on her face, and is always willing to help out when needed. You can read more about her professional path to PreviMedica and her role as a nutrition advisor here.

We recently chatted with Basilia about the usual- food, nutrition, food again, etc. Check it out below:

Hi Basilia! Thank you for chatting with us today! As one of our nutrition advisors, you are not only teaching people about nutrition, but also motivating them to stay on track. That’s probably the toughest part, but you do it well! What is your #1 tip to your patients who are having trouble staying motivated?

Start small & stay consistent! I regularly discuss with my clients that coming up with small practical goals will lead them to their ultimate wellness goals. I suggest working towards one or two things at a time. Otherwise, feeling overwhelmed is inevitable! Once those changes are put into practice consistently, it will become “second nature”. At that point I would recommend tackling  the next goal, and so on.

Small, realistic steps. Makes sense! As a nutritionist, you have worked in many different settings. The unique part about PreviMedica is that you are meeting with most of your patients via video chat (Vidyo). What are some of the advantages of meeting with your patients this way?

CONVENIENCE! So there are no excuses to miss appointments, haha! Using Vidyo facilitates holding our sessions. My clients can meet with me from the comfort of their own home or conveniently at work during their lunch break without having to leave or drive anywhere. The video chat also keeps our session personable, because I am able to see them and they can see me too.

Going to a doctor or a nutritionist’s office can be pretty intimidating, so we imagine this also helps to take some of that pressure off! Last nutrition question before we get into some food. If there is one nutrition myth that you could dispel for everyone reading, what would that be?

Not exactly a myth, but an assumption- calories are not created equal!! Count the colors on your plate not the calories. And by colors I don’t mean Froot Loops cereal or Skittles or Doritos. I’m implying adding different vegetables and fruits to your plate, especially if your plate is looking a little dull with beige and brown colored foods. Not only will it brighten your plate, but it will also brighten your mood!

Agreed! Brightly colored meals are always more fun. Along those lines, what are the five must haves that are always in your fridge/pantry?

  1. Eggs! My day is ruined when I run out of eggs! No joke!
  2. WINE- Can I say this?! Haha. Fiiiiiine cheese (which will typically be consumed with wine!)
  3. Peanut Butter
  4. Greens-spinach, kale and/or swiss chard
  5. Quinoa

Does wine count as a bright-colored food? We say yes. Next two questions. What was your favorite food as a kid? And what is your absolute favorite food/meal today?

As a kid, I would have to say spaghetti-with either homemade meat sauce or meatballs. Growing up we always had it on Sundays and it was seriously my favorite day of the week because I knew it was spaghetti day! As an adult, I honestly don’t have a favorite food. I love all food that’s prepared fresh! Doesn’t matter if it’s Mexican or Italian or vegetarian or pizza- YUM. It’s probably the hardest question someone can ask me.

Ok, ok, you don’t have to tell us what your absolute favorite is. How about the best meal you have eaten lately?

Dessert counts as a meal right?  Canyon Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale has the most deliciously soft, sweet, vanilla-y bread pudding that’s served over warm berries. OMG, it’s heavenly!!

Why weren’t we invited? This interview is making us hungry, so let’s wrap it up. Lightning round:

Gym workout or outdoors?

GYM

Coffee or tea?

COFFEE

Dogs or cats?

DOGS!

That was fun! Thanks for sharing with us, Basilia. Aside from the dogs, we are completely on the same page. In all seriousness, your patients always have great things to say about you, and we are so lucky to have you as part of the team!


If you’d like more information about our PreviMedica Nutrition Advisors, take a look at our post from earlier this week. And if you are interested in a membership with PreviMedica, feel free to contact us at 855-773-8463 or by email at hello@previmedica.com.

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