The #WeDigDietitians series is all about introducing you to our favourite dietitians—and busting a few myths about what they really do (and don’t do) along the way. Today’s Feature Dietitian is Kylie Mitchell (of immaEATthat.com fame).
1.TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
Hi all! My name is Kylie Mitchell and I live in Houston, Texas with my husband and dog, Maggie Mae. I always say she is the best thing I ever bought. If you love a dog…then you get it. I love Houston and have zero plans to ever leave. Plus, my parents are close by and I’m planning to recruit them for childcare whenever my husband and I have kiddos:)
I finished my dietetic internship in May 2015 and my current job includes: developing content for my food blog, immaEATthat.com, and counseling men and women one-on-one to help them improve their relationship with food.
2. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A DIETITIAN?
Because I had an eating disorder. I feel like that is the most honest reason for why I got into the nutrition field. I was curious about why I was so obsessed with food, my body and weight. For 3 years in college I didn’t want to get into a nutrition field, because I knew that would mean I’d have to face my eating issues.
It was a long recovery road for me (food blogging was such a blessing as it gave me permission to eat foods I was restricting at the time). After 5 years of working on myself and my ED, I knew I was in a good place, but I didn’t think I would ever work in eating disorders. My last rotation for my masters/dietetic internship was a speciality rotation that I got to choose. I decided to intern at a private practice that specialized in EDs. I realized while working there that I was recovered from my ED and I could help people struggling with disordered eating/eating disorders fall back in love with food.
3. WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR LIFE LOOK LIKE?
Monday through Thursday I counsel clients in a private practice setting. So on those days I’m in an office meeting with clients, doing meal therapy (aka going out to eat with clients), charting on our sessions together, collaborating with therapists/MD’s on clients, and LEARNING. It’s unfortunate, but from what I’ve heard and experienced, dietetic internships don’t prepare interns to work in the ED field. To work in the field takes a lot of self-study, continuing education and supervision from experienced ED professionals.
I have Fridays off to work on the blog or get done whatever I need to get done. I recently shared a ‘day in the life’ style post of a typical Friday: http://immaeatthat.com/2016/01/18/a-day-in-the-life-2/
4. CAN YOU SHARE AN AVERAGE ‘DAY ON YOUR PLATE’?
No! LOL. Part of being a normal eater for me is listening to my cravings and those vary so much day to day.
For me I’ve found that my body prefers to eat about every 3 hours and to make sure I have carbs at every meal and snack. Clearly I don’t agree with society’s message that carbs will kill you and make you fat. Such nutrition misinformation!!
5. WHAT’S YOUR DEFINITION OF GOOD HEALTH, AND HOW DO YOU STAY HEALTHY?
Good health to me is being aware. Being aware of how I’m feeling emotionally, physically, and psychologically.
I’d say I stay healthy in a number of ways: 1) by being aware of why I feel like I feel, 2) by attending yoga a couple times a week (helps with being mindful and compassionate with myself) 3) by eating foods that make me feel great 4) by eating foods I’m craving that don’t necessarily make me feel so great;)
6. WHAT’S YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON SOCIETY AND BODY IMAGE TODAY?
Society puts out this message that we can and should control how our bodies look. I don’t think we can control out bodies, except if engaging in extreme behaviors that are not sustainable (because you can’t stick with the behavior or because the behavior takes you to a very unhealthy place…hello, eating disorders!). There needs to be a greater push for being gentle with ourselves and an effort to stop manipulating how one’s body is supposed to look.
7. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE FAVOURITE BLOGS/WEBSITES?
8. WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
Spending time with my family in Southern California every March, going on a chocolate chip cookie + latte date with a girlfriend, helping others stop feeling so insane about their food and bodies.
9. SHAMELESS PLUG TIME: DO YOU HAVE A SERVICE, BOOK, BLOG OR SOMETHING SIMILAR YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT?
Kylie’s Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes
Makes: ~9 x 3″ pancakes
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
1/2 cup whole wheat white flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup oats
3 tablespoons chocolate chunks, chopped
3 tablespoons almond butter
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Step 1: In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Stir until a batter forms.
Step 2: Grease a skillet with butter/cooking spray over medium heat. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop batter onto skillet. Cook until edges dull and bubbles come through, then flip to the other side and cook for ~1 more minute.
(I didn’t think the pancakes needed maple syrup, but I did top mine with a bit of butter.)