In honor of National Nutrition Month, read a brief Q&A from Neighborhood Health Center Registered Dietitian, Kaitlyn Alongi, MS, RD, CDN for some healthy tips and tricks.
Q: What is most rewarding about being a Dietitian here at NHC?
A: I love when my clients come back and tell me how much better they feel about themselves and their food choices. I think a lot of people view nutrition as something as rigid as black and white or think it involves strict dieting- my goal is to help people change this perspective and fit healthy eating into their lifestyle. It is so rewarding to empower someone to make healthy choices and improve their relationship with food.
Q: Out of all the work that you do, what is your favorite thing to do as a dietitian?
A: I love educating in general, but my favorite thing to talk to clients about is meal ideas and grocery shopping! When you create a grocery list or recipe idea with clients, they can make nutrition advice more applicable to their life. In the past I worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension and did grocery store tours – it was so much fun!
Q: What’s something about your career that many people may not know?
A: I love working with food and cooking – I want to publish my own cookbook someday! In the past, I helped teach cooking classes for children and adults and also worked as a shift-supervisor at a pizza restaurant. In order to become a dietitian we are actually required to take a lot of foodservice classes.
Q: What is your favorite healthy snack?
A: When I’m on the go it is Greek yogurt with frozen berries (delicious way to get protein and fiber). If I have more time, I bake whole wheat tortilla chips with cheddar cheese, beans, peppers and tomato and top it with salsa for some home-made nachos!
Q: What is your National Nutrition Month tip?
A: Don’t skip meals! Skipping meals leaves you feeling empty and usually results in eating larger portions later on. Try to eat something with fiber and protein every 4-5 hours.