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. I had spent many semesters studying the human body and the role of nutrition in health and disease, but I quickly realized I was emotionally unprepared for this role. 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, along with 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.
Reproductive nutrition is my passion. During the five years that I worked at the fertility center, I completed my dietetics training and pursued my masters degree at NYU. 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 sound nutrition guidance for women before, during and after pregnancy. My own pregnancy confirmed this lack of education and misinformation. 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. 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.
My goal for women during this special time is to help them gain peace of mind, ease their symptoms, and empower them to make decisions that will nurture 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 journey. As a Registered Dietitian, I will 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, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. I also serve on the board of the Academy's Chicago chapter.
I live in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago with my husband Ronak, baby boy 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 visiting farmer's markets when I travel to new places. 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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