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 Lauren Fowler (of @LaurenFowlerRDN fame).
1.TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
I’m a dietitian, yoga teacher, and blogger in the beautiful state of Vermont! I’m an eating disorder dietitian in private practice in an integrative therapeutic center and so grateful to work with an amazing team of practitioners (therapists, yoga therapy, naturopathy, etc.). I also write on my blog sharing my thoughts on intuitive eating, body positivity, and health at every size. I recently did my yoga teacher training in Costa Rica and have started teaching yoga – I love being able to share this healing practice for mind and body.
Besides work, I love hiking with my boxer dog Arya and snowboarding with my boyfriend!
2. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A DIETITIAN?
At first, it was on a whim. I was in nursing school but ended up not loving the clinical side of nursing and decided to switch to nutrition. It ended up being the best decision because I love being able to work in an outpatient setting and develop relationships with clients. I love food and the science of nutrition, but most of all, I love being able to simplify nutrition and make eating easy and enjoyable for clients again.
3. WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR LIFE LOOK LIKE?
Every day is different, but lately, my mornings have been journaling and meditating with a cup of tea. Then I’ll get to work seeing clients at my office or at home working on blogposts, articles, or other projects I’m creating. I love taking short breaks in the day to energize my body and brain, so I’ll head out for a quick walk in the middle of the day. After I’m done working for the day, I may head to a yoga class or cuddle up and watch Netflix. Of course, I’m eating delicious food throughout the day too!
4. CAN YOU SHARE AN AVERAGE ‘DAY ON YOUR PLATE’?
My eating really varies depending on the day and season of the year. Yesterday, I had a bowl of warm brown rice cereal with cherries, cacao nibs, cashews, and maple syrup and tea for breakfast. A few hours later, I grabbed an orange and nuts for a snack. For lunch, I heated up leftover squash and lentil soup with avocado (I often make a soup or curry for easy lunches during the week). I had some tortilla chips and hummus as an afternoon snack, along with another orange. For dinner, I made eggs with butternut squash, sauerkraut, and gorgonzola cheese. I always have some chocolate during the day, so I had some dark chocolate squares later in the evening.
5. WHAT’S YOUR DEFINITION OF GOOD HEALTH, AND HOW DO YOU STAY HEALTHY?
Good health for me is staying nourished and well in my mind, body, and heart. By that I mean, health is more than simply exercise and nutrition. Mental and emotional health is just as important as physical health, and they are all so connected. I stay healthy through honoring what my body needs each day – whether that’s rest, water, taking deep breaths, being kind to myself, or moving my body. With food, this means honoring my body’s hunger and cravings and trusting my body’s wisdom.
6. WHAT’S YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON SOCIETY AND BODY IMAGE TODAY?
Our culture is very black and white when it comes to diet and bodies these days. We are taught these messages early on to diet, lose weight, and look a certain way in order to be healthy, happy, successful, likable, and more. Diet culture is a huge industry that thrives on repeat customers – we’re taught to rely on external rules or calorie counting rather than our own bodies.
I do think things are starting to change. Body diversity is starting to show up in media, and messages of body positivity are getting out there. Dietitians are in a great place to share messages of body diversity, health at every size, and intuitive eating with their clients.
7. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE FAVOURITE BLOGS/WEBSITES?
8. WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
Oh, so many things! My clients, yoga, playing with my dog, reading, writing, hiking (or any exploring in nature!), traveling, chocolate, and going out dancing with friends.
9. SHAMELESS PLUG TIME: DO YOU HAVE A SERVICE, BOOK, BLOG OR SOMETHING SIMILAR YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT?
Lauren’s Avocado Chocolate Pudding
Chocolate is its own food group for me, and this is one of my favorite recipes to make.
1 ripe avocado
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
1/4 cup coconut milk
Whip all the ingredients together in a blender or food processor. Chill in the fridge, then enjoy!