By Dalina Soto
Growing up in a Dominican family, food is a major part of life. Plantains, rice, beans, yuca, pork, chicken, and all the other delicious island foods were staples in my family's diets. My mom stayed at home, and we ate rice and beans every single day. Not only am I one of few bilingual dietitians in Philadelphia, I can also teach you how to eat healthy within your own cuisine.
I love nutrition because, frankly, I LOVE food! Food is meant to nourish us and give us energy. And, on an even deeper level, our daily activities, special occasions, celebrations, and more revolve around food. Food should be an enjoyable part of our lives (yet it can still be so stressful!). I am a firm believer that we should not deprive ourselves of specific foods or nutrients, but instead incorporate the foods we love into our daily lives with moderation and awareness.
I know firsthand how managing a family, working, and having a social life can be exhausting. What time is there left in the day to plan, meal prep, cook, and clean the kitchen? I know this feeling well, and consequently I am very honest with my approach to nutrition. As your dietitian, my goal is for you to never diet again!