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Welcome back to BeREAL! This week, Diana and Ednesha are joined by nutritionist Monica Reinagel to discuss all things about dietary nutrition.
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS is a board-certified, licensed nutritionist and a professionally trained chef. Widely regarded as one of the most authoritative voices in nutrition, Monica’s expert advice is regularly featured on television, radio, on the web, and in the nation’s leading newspapers and magazines. She’s the creator of the Nutrition Diva podcast, which has been in the Top 10 of health and nutrition podcasts since its debut in 2008. She is also co-host of the Change Academy podcast, which focuses on the art and science of behavior change.
Monica begins the episode by discussing how she got into the field of dietary nutrition. She initially was training to be an opera singer, but after discovering a love for nutritional science, she changed her career path. She talks about her podcast (The Nutrition Diva Podcast) and how it is her primary platform to spread information on dietary nutrition. She also touches on the fact that there are loads of bad information out there about nutrition and dieting and how she hopes to debunk a lot of false beliefs people have about food and health.
Monica continues by explaining her work. She says that her work doesn’t revolve around telling people what foods are good for them, that information is already well known and easily googled. Instead, she focuses on turning that knowledge about nutrition into action. She recognizes that trying something new introduces the possibility of failure. She looks to minimize the fear of failing that holds many people back from changing their diet. Instead, she tries to show that even though new diets might not always work out, you can always start again. Ednesha hops in to talk about her experience with a nutritionist and how through that journey the way she viewed food and dieting changed drastically.
After a short break, the women return to discuss Monica’s work as a chef. Although she did attend culinary school, she hasn’t worked in a restaurant as a chef. Instead, she works with restaurants to make their menus more nutritional.
Monica finished off the episode by talking a bit more about her two podcasts (The Nutrition Diva and The Change Academy). She tells listeners where they can find her and how they can start on their journey of changing their maladaptive eating habits.
Thank you so much for tuning into BeREAL this week. Be on the lookout for an all new episode next Tuesday. In the meantime, make sure to check out last week’s episode about love trauma and childhood trauma.
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Change Academy Podcast: https://changeacademypodcast.com
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