Welcome! My name is Natalie and I am a registered dietitian in the lovely city of Chicago. I want to help you decrease your risk for breast cancer. I believe the best way to do this is by living a healthy lifestyle. Not only will you decrease your risk for breast cancer, you will improve your overall health and feel great!
Did you know that breast cancer is related to diet?
Experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research estimate that a healthy lifestyle could prevent 38% of all breast cancer cases in the U.S. every year!
How I Became Interested in Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is a subject near and dear to my heart. A few years back my mom was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. I wanted to help her in the way I know best, which is with food so I started researching as much as I could on the topic. My mom and I worked together during her treatment to help keep her nutritional status in tip-top shape. I am so grateful to say that my mom made it out of her treatment with success and is now in remission.
This event sparked a huge interest for me in the area of cancer nutrition therapy. From working with my mom, I was more in tune with the nutritional needs of people undergoing cancer treatment. It’s funny how things work because not too long after, I got reassigned at the hospital I was working to cover the cancer unit.
I also developed a greater awareness about the needs of those who completed their cancer treatment. With recovery comes the relief of being done with treatment, but also anxiety about developing the disease again in the future. I started to become more and more interested in prevention, not only for my mom but for myself as well. I began to get many questions from friends whose mothers had breast cancer and they were now wondering about prevention. Most of these people were very concerned about the role of diet in prevention.
Luckily there is a lot we can do to help prevent breast cancer by making healthy lifestyle choices. My goal is to spread this information to women affected by breast cancer so they can feel empowered about prevention.
My other passion is cooking, so I plan to help transform recommendations into great tasting meals!
My Personal Nutrition Philosophy
- I don’t believe in following diets but rather making lifestyle changes.
- Fruits and vegetables are the best things you can give your body!
- I believe the majority of our food should be plant-based, whole and minimally processed.
- I am concerned about how our food choices as consumers, and my recommendations as a dietitian affect the environment.
- Eating should not only nourish our bodies but also our soul. Meaning, food should taste good and be enjoyed!
- Treats can be incorporated into a healthy diet. I couldn’t live without chocolate!
- Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2003-2007)
- Dietetic Internship at Hines VA Hospital (2007-2008)
- Obtained registered dietitian credential and licensure in 2008
- Registered yoga teacher 2011
“We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheartedness, and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other. And then this moment will have been worthwhile”. –Deepak Chopra from The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.