We sat down with Erin Peisach, Registered Dietician Nutritionist and founder of Nutrition By Erin, to chat about her approach to nutrition and get a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming “Healthy Lifestyle in a Snap!” workshop she’s hosting at REV this Saturday, Feb 13th at 10AM!
We had the pleasure of meeting Erin last year at a Startup Soiree event (thanks for the intro, Dana!) and have enjoyed watching her build her private practice from the ground up.
Unfortunately, just because we workout on a regular basis DOES NOT mean we can/should eat & drink whatever the hell we want; rather, living active lifestyles just makes it that much more important to ensure we’re fueling our bodies properly for all the hard work they’re putting in. There’s a TON of information out there – and a lot of the time so-called experts seem to contradict one another, so we turned to Erin to get the real scoop!
I like to self-experiment with “diets”: vegan, paleo, whole30, gluten free, low FODMAP, LEAP, detox, etc. It helps me to be a better practitioner and know first hand the challenges you may be facing when I ask you to follow these plans. My experiments help me to develop cool recipes and find great products that fit the bill with each dietary approach. However, my typical “diet” does not necessarily follow strict rules. I try to eat a ton of plant-based foods like nuts, seeds, veggies, lentils and beans. I eat limited amounts of seasonal fresh fruit and occasionally consume dried fruit (dried mango is my kryptonite!), especially prior to a workout. I sometimes eat fish (primarily as sushi) and I eat certain high quality meats, poultry and whole eggs. I like to drink regular coffee with unsweetened almond milk and cinnamon (one travel-size mug each morning), water and kombucha. I try to cook all of my meals from scratch and avoid buying processed foods. On the weekends, I like to explore new restaurants and “live a little” with my food choices! I don’t keep a food log or track calories, but instead try to make mindful food choices and listen to my hunger cues.
I was always into fitness, but my nutrition interest came later on in life. Growing up, my parents ran a generally healthy household…no chips, cookies or sodas, but I got hooked up “grazing” aka eating carbohydrate foods all day long (dry cereal, granola bars, pretzels, bread, fruit). I despised vegetables and was overall a very picky eater. I did not put the connection together but towards the end of high school and beginning of college, my health started to decline. I thought I was healthy but I suffered from a range of “issues” like chronic bronchitis, asthma, severe eczema, chronic rhinitis, stomach aches after every meal, heartburn and excessive belching, anxiety/depression, poor memory…okay I’ll stop there! But, after changing my diet, I had this AHA moment…I realized the connection between the health and function of my body and brain with the foods I was eating. While I was always able to maintain a healthy weight, I wasn’t a healthy person at all! I changed my diet and saw extreme changes in my health. I no longer relied on numerous rounds of antibiotics and steroids to manage my issues, just to have the symptoms come back a few weeks later. I became obsessed with nutrition from then on. It’s my passion and now I feel it is my calling to help other people with similar problems. I feel so lucky to be in this field and really heal people from the inside out!
One of my TOP priorities is life-balance. I have the work hard/play hard mentality! I work as efficiently as possible and when I feel that burn-out sensation I recognize it is time to rest, relax and unwind (all important components of overall health). So, some general health tips in social settings:
- Don’t go out hungry! Eat a snack or a small meal so that you don’t fully give into temptation due to feeling starved!
- While it is nice to treat yourself occasionally, the key word is “occasionally.” If indulgent drinking and eating is happening every week, it may not be as occasional as you think. Allow yourself maybe 1x per month of this behavior and the other nights you can enjoy yourself but in a more moderate capacity!
- Late night eating is often an issue, especially after a few drinks and some dancing! Plan ahead. Rather than getting in on the pizza-train, lay out a healthy snack ahead of time to come home to in case you are hungry. Try 1/4 cup nuts, cereal with milk, string cheese…whatever floats your boat!
- My drink of choice is a vodka with soda water and a lemon….while you don’t have to order that, you can really focus on cutting back on sugary mixers like juice, soda and other sweetened blends.
Yes, great question…even I can give in to the hype sometimes, especially when the information seemingly comes from a qualified expert. But, it is important to check the facts. If a site has references at the bottom, click on them, see if they even work and see if the study actually proves what is says it does. If there are no references, than that should be a red flag anyway. Realize that the media loves “sound bites,” so you often do not get the full story. If it sounds too good to be true and if the source you are reading uses “all or nothing” statements, you should probably investigate further. Nutrition is full of gray and unknowns…partly why it is so confusing. If you still feel confused and don’t have time to sift through it all…well, hire me! That’s what I’m here for.
To get started working with me go to: http://nutritionbyerin.com/get-acquainted/ to set up a 30-minute “Get Acquainted” session to get to know one another and find out if our practitioner/client relationship would be an optimal fit. You can also find me on social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!