Who am I?
I adamantly believe that nutrition is a vital part of optimizing health, preventing and managing disease, and allowing one to live a healthy lifestyle. Obtaining optimal nutrition is continually a work in progress and the foundational training to be considered an expert is always changing and growing. Dietitians are health care professionals, with extensive education and training that bring evidence-based decision making to the health care field. Dietitians are essential to the health care team in that they bring their expertise and knowledge in nutrition and apply them with individuals for disease management, prevention, and overall healthy living. Through their employment of the nutrition care process and scientifically based information, they are recognized as integral in reducing the incidence of chronic illness and health care costs. They alone have the ability to develop evidence-based, sound nutrition intervention plans and effective follow-up evaluations.
Nutrition can truly change the way you look and feel and I am proud to be able to share my knowledge so that it may influence others towards living healthy lifestyles. I look forward to motivating clients towards dietary change and giving them the right tools to achieve their goals. Nutrition is the missing link for optimal health and energy, and in order to live well, one must invest in their health and nutritious well-being.
As you can tell I have such a passion for nutrition and couldn’t imagine doing anything else! I fell in love with nutrition in high school and have been passionate about it ever since!
Food should be simple and real. When I studied in Italy, we went to the fresh markets daily, and cooked with simple, tasty, organic ingredients that really enhanced the flavors of the food. When food is real and nutritious, it tastes impeccable and does wonders for our overall health and well-being.
I personally incorporate the principles of both ancestral diets as well as that which I learned through my education and the American Dietetic Association. My diet includes: organic purchases, local food, healthy whole grains, a plethora of fruits and vegetables, lean animal protein, and healthy fats, such as olive oil and coconut oil.
Due to my GI issues, I have found that avoiding wheat, excess carbohydrates and sugar, fried foods, and dairy, helps me feel my very best. However, I am a big proponent of all foods can fit in moderation if able to tolerate.
My Nutrition Approach
I’m a member of several professional practice groups, including the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Dietetics Practice Group, a subgroup of AND that focuses on sports nutrition. I am also currently taking classes to become Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and I’m a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. These groups help me to continue my ongoing education and keep me abreast of top nutrition news.
I’m excited to use all of my education, training, and experience to help people look and feel their best, develop a healthy relationship with food, lose weight (if needed) in a safe and nutritious way, and optimize athletic performance. It is my goal to show people that food can be fun, healthy and delicious at the same time.
When I work with clients I prefer a lifestyles approach, evaluating all aspects of a client’s life in order to provide an individualized approach. I strongly believe in providing the client with the resources to make an informed decision regarding health behaviors. My hope is that my clients and I can collaborate to set goals and make successful changes, in an environment that is conducive to establishing an open and honest relationship.
Best in health!
Shelby L. Keys