Ask the Nutritionist | Melanie Beasley, RD, LD
By Jackie Cartier
March 7, 2017
An ongoing theme in our blog is asking our knowledgeable nutritionists their tips and tricks. Everything from how they make real food fast, easy and delicious, to the best success stories they've been a part of. Anything you'd like to ask a nutritionist? Let us know in the comments below! In the meantime, take a look at what Melanie, our newest Nutritional Weight & Wellness nutritionist, had to say!
When did you realize the power of real food?
There was a turning point in my life where seeking wellness, health and just plain relief became my focus. This journey began the year that I had five surgeries that started with a ruptured disc and continued with a battle with cancer. I was very sick with chronic infections, migraines, exhaustion, urinary tract infections and acid reflux. I was on a cocktail of prescription medications. They continued to treat the symptoms without finding the cause. When I was finally diagnosed with a multitude of food allergies and an intolerance to sugar I was relieved...and then a bit panicked about what to eat. Here I was, a dietitian allergic to wheat, gluten, chocolate, soy, corn, cow's milk (dairy), goat milk and some tree nuts. I took the challenge and removed the allergens from my diet, began eating simple food and found relief! I was off three prescription medications in just six weeks! I continue to be gluten, dairy and chocolate free eating the Weight & Wellness Way.
What is your food struggle? What tricks do you use to avoid that issue?
My biggest food struggle is appetizer dips at parties. If I start eating those junkie snacks it takes me several days to eliminate food cravings. I have learned to just not go down a long trail of poor eating. It only results in pain and illness for me. I treasure feeling energetic and healthy!
What is the most frequent question you hear from clients?
I encounter so many clients who are overwhelmed with changes in their dietary patterns. I tell them it is like eating an elephant, strange metaphor but stick with me – it seems overwhelming, but one bite at a time and you have him eaten. If they plan for success they will be successful. As their health improves from the simple foods they are eating, then they can then make some creative meals. Until then don't get complicated, keep it simple.
What do you do for an easy grab and go meal when you're pinched for time?
My easy grab and go snack is a frozen smoothie. I triple the smoothie recipe and add three cups of kale or spinach leaves. Then I split the smoothies up into mason jars and put them in the freezer. I use them for icepacks in my lunch and by the time it is snack time, they are thawed and ready to drink.
What's one of your favorite client success stories?
I had a client that came in with a recent 50-pound weight gain, skin rashes and tremendous anxiety. We removed gluten, dairy and sugar from her diet, the sources of her food intolerances. We also problem-solved eating in balance with her busy lifestyle. She began to cry... with happiness! She said it was the first time she felt heard and had hope. What a privilege to be a part of my clients' health journey.
Thanks for sharing, Melanie! Read what our other nutritionists share what they wished more people knew about nutrition, why slow weight loss is best and so much more. If you want to start your own success story, we encourage you to make a nutrition counselling appointment today.