So excited to feature my darling friend and incredible dietitian, Keri Glassman, on the blog today! Read on to find out just what a ‘Day on a Plate’ of this divine woman looks like…
- Tell us a little bit about yourself – who you are and what you do.
Ok, so here’s the bio version… 😉 I’m a registered dietitian, mom of two, fitness junkie, 4x published author, a contributing editor and advisory board member for Women’s Health Magazine, Today Show Tastemaker, and founder and president of Nutritious Life, as well as The Nutrition School, an accredited 12-week online course created to provide an unprecedented nutrition education and springboard for building a successful career in the health and wellness industry.
When I first started my practice about over 13 years ago (OMG!!!), I began in a small office by myself. I worked and hustled to build a client base and when I was a year in, hired my first dietitian to work with me. I had an opportunity to do a national tv segment, and immediately fell in love with tv. That’s when I realized I really could reach more than just the people coming into my office.
From there, I wrote my first book, started a nutrition snack bar company, began working for Women’s Health magazine as a contributor and so on… Fast forward 10+ years later, and I built a team of 5 RD’s, I am on book number 5 and have started The Nutrition School. There of course have been a whole LOT of ups and downs in between, but I’m still doing tv, still writing, still collaborating with other health and wellness professionals, and everyday it’s my goal to reach as many people as possible and help them take their nutrition up as many notches as possible to live their most Nutritious Lives. And now I’m also able to teach others who are just starting out everything I wish I knew when I was just starting out in my free series How to Build a Wellness Brand.
- What was the ‘uh ha’ moment that inspired you to get in to health and wellbeing?
My love of food and nutrition started way back… I always say I was BORN to do what I’m doing! My childhood friend tells me she remembers me being in 7th grade science class and saying “My body is craving vitamin E, I am going to eat almonds!” I’m sure I had no idea what that really meant but clearly, I was interested in this whole nutrition thing! 😉
In college I played sports, so drinking diet soda and smoking to keep my weight down (this was a popular formula for many!) was definitely NOT an option. I needed (and wanted!) to fuel my body to be my best on the athletic field BUT also to look good in my skinny jeans on Saturday night. Thus, my passion for being HEALTHY, THIN and FIT continued…
When I graduated from college and began working at a corporate desk job, I would sit and read health magazines instead of doing my work. That’s when I knew I needed to pursue my passion, so I went back to school for my masters degree. Studying nutrition connected my love of food with my interest in science and my super strong desire to be a helper. So, while I’m not sure that I had just one “uh ha” moment, the culmination of all those moments led me to where I am today.
- Talk us through a typical day in your life…
My morning routine stays pretty consistent throughout the week. I wake up around 5:30 am and do something for myself. It could be sitting quietly drinking coffee (organic with almond milk or organic whole milk) or going for a walk or sometimes I’ll squeeze in my workout here. Then, I’ll hammer out a couple work items. I’m at my best in the morning and always try to use this time to get a few important tasks done. Then, at 7:15 I wake up my daughter and then my son. We all eat together at 7:40. Family breakfast is huge for me. I love this time with my kids and setting the tone for the day mentally (and food wise of course) is critical to me.
Breakfast may be:
- Ezekial toast and avocado with a hardboiled egg
- Overnight oats with almond milk, chia and hemp seeds and blueberries
- Protein shake made with coconut or almond milk, banana, vanilla protein powder, almond butter, spinach
- ½ sweet potato with a drop of coconut oil and a tablespoon of my nut and seed mixture (hemp seeds, chia seeds, almonds, cashews, pecans).
After my kids are off to school I workout unless I’ve done it pre-kids waking up! I love strength training and HIIT classes, megaformer classes like SLT. But I also LOVE just getting outside for a good run. I use the time to clear my head and organize my thoughts. It’s my true therapy.
Mid morning I ALWAYS have a snack. My mom jokes that I’ve been on two hour feedings since I was born! This could be 10 nuts such as almonds or pecans or a few olives and red peppers or a nut butter spread on apple slices with sprinkled hemp seeds or dried coconut on top of Greek yogurt or a smoothie of kefir and berries… I also try to get in at some point in the morning 16 oz. of water with collagen and greens.
Lunch usually consists of leftovers or a hearty veggie heavy salad with protein. So this could be arugula with leftover roasted broccoli topped with chickpeas (from the pantry) and chopped raw veggies I have around such as red and yellow peppers and endive. I always have lots of veggies, protein and healthy fat such as olives, olive oil, avocado or nuts. Another example may be leftover vegetarian chili topped with a little Greek yogurt and avocado slices. If I am at a biz lunch I try to keep it simple and stick to veggies and protein. If I don’t get adequate protein at lunch I will never make it through my day!
As I said, I’m a big snacker or mini mealer. 😉 Afternoon snack could be any of the above mentioned or a small bowl of veggie soup. I love how soup fills you up and is an easy way to get in loads more nutrients.
Dinner varies, but when we’re eating at home there are a few things that are consistent. Two veggies – raw and cooked. For example, roasted cauliflower and raw carrots and yellow peppers.
Protein – usually grass fed steak, wild salmon or other fish or chicken simply cooked with herbs and spices. Usually, a starch such farro or sweet potato. When I go out to dinner I use it as a time to try dishes that I may not make at home but I also stick to veggies and veggies and lean protein. But I love trying new veggie dishes – the other night I had an interesting squash, apple and ricotta dish on a fave restaurant’s fall menu.
I try to wind down about a half hour before going to bed. I always have almond turmeric milk, chamomile tea or Natural Calm in hot water.
- Coffee or tea?
BOTH! Coffee! 100%. But green tea during the day and herbal tea before bed (and often during the day as well!).
- What is your indulgence of choice?
If you know me well, then you definitely know I can’t turn down a chocolate chip cookie to save my life! It’s my go to when I need to consciously indulge from time to time.
- Three foods you can’t live without?
Peanut butter. Avocado. Chocolate chip cookies
- What’s your go-to snack for those days on the run?
It might be said time and time again, but it’s seriously my main grab and go – nuts! Almonds, cashews, pecans – they’re all great for snacking and grabbing a handful and running out the door. I’ve also been known to dip my spoon right into the pb jar.
- … And any last words of advice or tips for those starting out on their health journey?
YES – EVERY MEAL IS A MONDAY MORNING! Take each eating opportunity as a unique opportunity to do good for your body! So, if you have a “bad” meal, you don’t need to wait until Monday to press the reset button. Press it at your very next meal instead.
To find out more about Keri, visit her website http://nutritiouslife.com/ or follow her on Instagram.