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Nourishing Conversations: A Deep Dive into Health with a Registered Dietitian

Eating should be fun and enjoyable!

Paula Doebrich of Happea Nutrition

Hey there, lovely readers! Can you believe it's our 100th blog post already? Time flies when you're having fun sharing all things food, health, and lifestyle with you all. As I reflect on this milestone, I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than by delving into a topic that's near and dear to my heart: managing our health. That's why I felt it was crucial to sit down for a chat with a registered dietitian, someone who's an expert in the field of nutrition and wellness.


You see, for me, taking care of my health isn't just about fitting into a certain dress size or following the latest fad diet. It's about feeling vibrant, energized, and empowered to live my best life every single day. Whether it's nourishing my body with wholesome foods, staying active, or prioritizing self-care, I truly believe that investing in my health is the greatest gift I can give myself.


So, without further ado, let's dive into the juicy details of my favourite one-on-one interviews with the fabulous dietitian, Paula Doebrich, where we discuss everything from mindful eating to building a balanced plate.


Interview Questions:


1. What inspired you to pursue a career in dietetics?

- Answer: "I've always been passionate about the connection between food and health. Growing up, I witnessed firsthand the transformative power of nutrition in my own life, and I knew I wanted to help others experience the same. I want to show people that nutriton is fun and it's not a punishment. We don't have to starve ourselves. I studied Nutritional Sciences in Germany, and then studied a Masters Degree in Public Health Nutrition and completed the Didactic Program in Dietetics at New York University"


2. You mentioned that you started your processional career as a model. Can you tell us more about your modelling career and how it has influenced who you are as a person today?

-Answer: "It started as an adventure when I was about 12 or 13. I was stopped by many scouts and when I was 15 I transitioned to a more serious agency and they prepared me to travel more ie: Paris. I was then introduced to the word "diet" for the first time because I needed to be in shape for the shows in Paris. Today knowing what I know now about nutrition I know firsthand that being on a 1500 calorie diet was definitely not a good idea. I think that's where my experience with food began. Searching for trends and cleansing, obsessing over food. Modeling, however, was fun because I was able to live in 6 countries and that's something I will always cherish"


3. In your opinion, what's one of the most common mistakes that people make people have about nutrition?

- Answer: "One of the most common mistakes that people make is not eating enough. We need energy, nutrients and certain food groups."


4. How can someone tell the difference between a nutritionist and a dietician? Also, what would be your first primary focus for a new client?


-Answer- "Anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. The title isn't regulated. The path to becoming a registered a registered Dietician can be tough. It requires a degree and there is a social program called "Diatactic Program in Dietetics" Once complete then you have to complete a 6 - 12 month internship. Dieticians can work in all areas. There's clinical dieticians who work in hospitals, research marketing dieticians. Many areas that someone can go into in that area. I decided to go in private practice because I get to work with clients more holistically to discuss their lifestyle factors such a stress. Sometimes people eat great but their health still suffers because they're so many other factors that should be considered. My primary focus is the client. I see clients with any condition and are open to self improvement."


5. Should we understand the labels in the grocery store?

- Answer: "Food labels are a quick label to understand what nutrients we're receiving or aren't receiving. Notice the rubric for added sugar (white sugar or syrup) I also advise that people should limit the consumption of sugar. Pay attention to how much fiber (great) and sodium (too much isn't great) is in the food"


6. Is sugar good for you?

- Answer: "There's a lot of conflicting information regarding sugar."


7. You did a lot of research on the affects of diabetes in children. How can someone prevent or lower their chance of getting diabetes?

- Answer: "Testing is very important to see if they are prediabetic. It's also beneficial to work with a diatician to understand their unique situation. Peer support is powerful and it's also important to understanding what is normal blood sugar by analysing what their fasting blood sugar is. Type 1 diabetes is autoimmune and type 2 diabetes is affected by lifestyle which is able to be controlled with lifestyle changes. Food is so much more than just fuel for our bodies – it's nourishment for our minds, souls, and communities. By choosing nourishing, whole foods, we not only support our physical health but also cultivate a deeper connection to ourselves and the world around us."


As I wrapped up this enlightening conversation with Paula Doebrich, I'm reminded once again of the profound impact that food has on our lives. It's not just about calories or macros; it's about nourishing our bodies, nurturing our souls, and fostering a sense of connection with ourselves and others. So here's to embracing the power of food and making every bite count on our journey to vibrant health and happiness.


Cheers, my friends! 🌟


Click here to watch the full interview.

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Excellent article. It definitely sparked my curiosity to explore eating healthier.

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