I love chocolate! Shocking for a dietitian to say, I know, and yet, there’s more. I stock my pantry with dark chocolate and other treats, and I even enjoy these sweets with my kids. I am not about perfection. I don’t follow rules (never have been rule follower). You may even run into me at a rock-n-roll concert with my husband and an audience that is 2 generations younger. I really don’t notice.
I grew up in the era of TV dinners, Twinkies and Wonder Bread, but my mom always made sure to give us sliced carrots and raisins along with the less healthy choices. I grew up knowing there is a way to have both. Fortunately, food rules didn’t exist in my house. My mother did not make a big deal of food and trusted me to make the right choices.
Another surprising tidbit is that I am a picky eater. I love food but I love it my way! Certain flavors, textures and smells just don’t appeal to me. Foods have to be prepared in a certain way otherwise I just don’t eat them. I lost the Freshman 15, rather than gaining, since I did not like the food in the dining hall. I have, with practice and over time, expanded my repertoire and I am still willing to try new foods.
Foodie in Me
I love food – all types of food. I even plan my vacations around great restaurants and unique food experiences.
You might even catch me entertaining a close group of friends on a Saturday night. I love to plan menus, serve food with exotic flavors, and create a signature cocktail and play-list to complete the meal. I don’t add up the calories or fat ever. It is about fun, flavor and sending fireworks through your taste buds.
Move for Fun
I grew up before Title 9, have never been graceful, and was much more of a bookworm as a kid. Exercise has never come easily to me. What has worked for me is finding fun ways to move – like dancing, walking, or hiking -, and finding a partner to exercise with. I prefer to exercise outdoors – I need the fresh air and scenery to keep me going. I also find that my best ideas come to me when I am moving.
I am a mom (this is my first job). One of the reasons I choose to work for myself is that it allows me to work around my kids’ crazy schedules. I get how hard it is to juggle a career and kids and put a healthy meal on the table – I’ve been there. I have two daughters – one in high school, and one in college. Where did the time go?
Our house is often filled with my girls’ friends who call me “Mama Faye”, I love to feed them, and they even call me for nutrition advice! Now, I’m the mom of a college student and it has been quite an adjustment. From the very first college tour, analyzing the pros and cons of each school, to the final acceptance letters, we are both embarking on a new phase in life. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I started Foodie on Campus.
I understand most of our lives don’t look anything like the movies. I can remember the time I drove home from the grocery store only to realize my groceries were still sitting in the cart outside the store. Don’t fret the small stuff, the big picture is much more important.
Pay It Forward
It may sound cliche, but I really believe in giving back to the community. I have always been active in a volunteer capacity in many ways, from professional boards of directors to religious organizations and the PTA. It is a part of me at all times. I have even been known to organize a canned goods drive or winter coat collection to boost my mood. It really does work! I end up feeling better while helping others in the process. Now, I have another way to pay it forward with Foodie On Campus. As a nutrition expert, I want to help students sort through the confusing college dining scene.
I have seen over 5000 clients in my private practice. I’ve see busy executives, moms, families, professionals, teens and college students. I am passionate about saving the next generation of kids from disordered eating and teaching them to trust their bodies when it comes to food and weight. It starts with the family. It starts with every person making the changes needed in their own lives so they can model and inspire others to do the same.
I realize that food habits start in the home, but when students go to college they are on their own. For the first time in their lives, they are completely in charge of their food choices! I’ve worked with a lot of college students in my practice and have discovered that college kids are interested in eating well, but there is so much confusion and conflicting advice, they have a hard time figuring it out. My goal is to cut through the confusion and provide solid, sound nutrition and fitness information along with easy, practical solutions for eating well, feeling great, and staying healthy on campus. Follow Foodie on Campus to fuel your body and feed your brain!
Faye Berger Mitchell, RD, LDN has helped thousands of clients ditch their diets to adopt her philosophy “Eat for Pleasure – Move for Fun.” A registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist, Faye had a thriving private practice in the Washington, DC area for over 25 years.
Faye enjoys helping nutrition experts across the country start and grow their own nutrition practices through workshops, private consultations, her Be Your Own Boss Starter Kit, and the publication she co-authored titled Making Nutrition Your Business – Private Practice and Beyond (AND 2011).
A speaker in high demand, Faye shares her nutrition knowledge with all types of audiences from school organizations to corporations. Faye works with the media and has been quoted in numerous publications including The Washington Post and USA Today. She has appeared on major news networks and also hosted Nutrition Now, a biweekly television spot on cable evening news. Faye was thrilled and honored to be the recipient of the 2011 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Excellence in Practice Award in Business and Consultation.
Foodie On Campus’ Guiding Principles
“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” —Ruth Reichl
Keep it positive
Food is meant to be enjoyed
Diet is a four letter word
There are no “good” foods or “bad” foods
Everything in moderation
Nutrition is science based, not opinion oriented
There are no quick fixes or miracle foods
Weight is just a number
No fat shaming, no skinny promoting
Eat for Pleasure – Move for Fun!
“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” ―Julia Child