Let's get right to the point
You're here to find out what separates me from "Nutritionists" and why my approach is going to guarantee you get results. I'm a Registered Dietitian, Board-Certified in Sports Nutrition, and a full-time Exercise Physiologist.
What I am NOT: a health coach, an Instagram influencer, or any other copycat health enthusiast pervading the web. Hi, I'm Lindsay- and that's why I'm different.
Most public health professionals fail to recognize breakthrough nutrition insights out of fear that they sound "too extreme" or "too restrictive". Like many dietitians, I initially rejected new ideas that conflicted with my own education and previous understanding. It wasn't until I began working in research that I was exposed to novel ideas. At work, I'm directly responsible for testing human subjects in RCT's (Randomized Clinical Trials) which aim to study everything from intermittent fasting and its effect on metabolism and body composition- to gastric bypass surgery and its effect on bone density.
I began my (now year-long) ketogenic journey for a few reasons:
I wanted to learn firsthand about "metabolic flexibility" (or using alternative fuels, namely ketones from body fat stores), and find out if keto would speed recovery from weight training/ running and preserve lean body mass.
I needed to make sense of this dietary phenomenon *for myself*, while maintaining a critical eye but also an open mind. I personally have followed a Meditteranean style keto diet, with 2/3 of my daily meals being fish or shellfish. For more on what I eat, refer to my blog.
If you're having trouble imagining you could thrive on a ketogenic diet , it may be because what you've heard or read seem 'too 'outside of science'. I encourage you to be open to the possibility that it can be an extremely healthy and enjoyable way of eating- and highly effective at reducing body fat and risk of chronic diseases.
Is keto the only way to weight loss?
Not even close. There are so many roads to your goal. I'll help you with the road map. How? Check out my "Nutrition Consultation" tab in the menu bar. My areas of expertise include working with people who have sugar addiction, but also endurance and strength athletes (novice to professional).
More about me:
I'm a single mom who loves to surf, trail run & strength train. I raced triathlon competitively for 11 years, including racing a full-length Ironman (I.M. Canada, 2011) but now I just ride my bike really far for fun.
Word of caution regarding the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a 'Nutritionist':
An RD needs to have a Bachellor of Science from a 4-yr accredited university, complete a year-long (full-time internship) in clinical dietetics, then pass a board exam. A 'nutritionist' does not require any of these things. One can become a 'certified Nutritionist' over a weekend or a month; none of these certs are accredited by the CDR (Commission on Dietetic Registration). Anyone can legally call themselves a 'nutritionist', including your personal trainer, your coach and even your mechanic. Nutrition is absolutely a science, which first requires a solid foundation of biochemistry, organic chemistry, physiology and human metabolism. Consider this before you take the advice of a 'nutritionist' who suggests you need: branched chain amino acids, a ketogenic diet, intermediate fasting, or [insert any other fad/supplement here]. My advise is based on sound principles, education and experience as a professional in my field.
How does the CSSD certification differentiate sports dietitians from "nutritionists"?
1. Successfully pass both the RD and CSSD Examinations
2. Provide documentation of 1,500 hours of practice in sports nutrition as an RD within the past 5 years