After graduating from university with my nutrition degree, I began my career at the prestigious Weill Cornell Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility in New York City. As a patient coordinator, I guided hundreds of patients through the process of fertility treatments, and observed how this experience made women and couples feel stressed, anxious and out of control. I also realized that nutrition and lifestyle were relevant factors they did have control of. Making changes to their diet could improve their chances of conceiving, and improve their overall wellbeing. It was through this formative experience that I decided to focus on nutrition as a preventative measure and therapy for better health. Food therapy, if you will.
Reproductive nutrition is something I’m incredibly passionate about. During the five years that I worked at the fertility center, I completed my dietetics training and earned my masters degree at New York University. Since then I have been a private practice dietitian in NYC and Australia and a clinical dietitian in Chicago hospitals, and I have continued to see the need for credible nutrition guidance for women before, during and after pregnancy. My own pregnancy confirmed the lack of credible nutrition resources for women before, during and after pregnancy. The nutrition advice I was given was limited to "Take a prenatal vitamin." Like any other time in life, vitamins are meant to supplement not replace a healthy diet (not to mention not all prenatal vitamins are created alike!). Pregnancy, along with the preconception and postpartum periods, comes with its own sets of challenges that can make it difficult to follow a healthy diet. I also struggled with morning sickness and gastrointestinal issues, but as a dietitian I had the knowledge and tools to ease these symptoms with diet. I do the same for my clients, providing a patient-centered, evidence-based and food-first approach to nutrition and reproductive wellness.
I founded The Food Therapist with the goal to help women during this special time gain peace of mind, ease their symptoms, and empower them to make decisions that will nourish themselves and their babies. The period from before conception through becoming a mother and beyond is exciting, stressful, full of unknowns and change. I understand the ups and downs of fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding and life after baby. Rather than worrying about what you cannot control, feel empowered doing what you can control. I can help you feel your best during your reproductive years. As a Registered Dietitian, I can support you in making nutrition and lifestyle changes to nurture yourself and create a nourishing environment for baby.
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I'm Rachelle, a Registered Dietitian and the owner of The Food Therapist, LLC. I earned a Bachelors degree with Honors in Human Nutrition from Arizona State University and a Masters degree in Food Studies from New York University. I'm a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Women's Health Dietetic Practice Group, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine, and the Nutrition Special Interest Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. I also serve on the board of the Academy's Chicago chapter. Additionally, I’m the content expert on reproductive nutrition for the Nutrition Care Manual’s Board of Editors. In this role I update clinical nutrition guidelines for other healthcare professionals as well as consumer education materials on nutrition for reproductive health.
I live in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago with my husband Ronak, toddler Arjuna, and our adopted pup Lola. Originally from Sag Harbor, a small town in the Hamptons, I'm a beach girl at heart but I love city living. Many of my favorite activities involve food, including cooking, dining out, and frequenting farmer's markets. For physical activity and stress relief, I go on walks, do yoga, and take dance classes. I even performed on a Bollywood dance team in Melbourne, Australia!
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