Donna Psiaki Feldman, MS RDN, is a nutrition journalist and food and nutrition photographer. She has been a registered dietitian for more than 30 years. In addition to this blog, she writes for the MyNetDiary blog and contributes to Dr. Oz’s Sharecare and Active.com. Before graduate school, she ran the first-ever vegetarian cafeteria line at a small New England college. Her eclectic work experiences include patient counseling, writing on health and diet, recipe development, food service management, college-level teaching, personal chef, nutrition research, software development and restaurant cooking.
My interest in food and nutrition started way back in high school, when I was on every fad diet imaginable. That might not sound like a good way to start a career, but over time I understood how food and diet affect weight, mood, energy level, skin, digestion and anything else that has to do with physical health.
What is nutrition anyway?
Depending on your point of view, it could be:
- fortified shakes and energy bars
- a quest to consume the perfect amount of calories, protein, fiber or fat
- a dreary Eat-By-Numbers chore
- the right mix of nutrients that will make you feel energetic and healthy
- eating as few calories as possible
- rigid and restrictive rules for “healthy” food choices
I don’t think it’s any of those. Originally nutrition was all about food and only food. And since we do all need to eat food everyday, we need to keep the focus on food as our primary source of nutrition. When we try to reduce nutrition to nutrients and numbers, we lose the sense that food should be enjoyed. “Nutrition” starts to sound like the enemy of taste, flavor and enjoyment.
I started the Radio Nutrition blog to give consumers accurate and simplified information about food, diet and nutrition. I don’t advocate rigid dietary restrictions or agendas, and I don’t provide individual recommendations. There are plenty of other websites devoted to those issues. If you want reliable nutrition advice, consult a registered dietitian.
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