Get to Know the RD: London Baker

Get to Know the RD: London Baker

by London Baker, RDN/LDN, NASM-CPT, ACE-CHC

IMG_1244.jpg

Growing up, I was always been fascinated with food. When I was five years old I dreamed of becoming an executive chef and owning my own restaurant in New York City. I began working in restaurants as soon as I turned thirteen. I worked long, strenuous hours and quickly became accustomed to an unhealthy lifestyle. Like so many other people, I was never concerned with the nutritional content of the food I ate, I only cared if it tasted good. My lack of knowledge and poor eating habits quickly caught up with me and I started gaining excess weight. It wasn't until I was sixteen and 267 lbs that I realized I needed to change my ways.

I began working out with a trainer and started researching different cooking techniques to make food more flavorful without relying on fat and sugar. The more I learned, the more my perception of food began to change. I started preparing more mindful meals and focused on portion control. These changes combined with physical activity, have helped me lose 100 lbs within a year! This experience inspired me to change my career path and become a Dietitian. I decided that I wanted to share my love of food in a different way; I wanted to show the world that food can taste good and help improve your health simultaneously.

I think the most successful diet is one that comes without restriction or elimination but one that encourages a healthy relationship with food and moderation. Diets that promise rapid weight loss are generally restrictive and unsustainable in the long term. I take a whole foods approach to eating and encourage the same with my clients. I typically meal prep twice a week and build each meal with a source of protein, complex carbohydrate and healthy fat. I almost always make a roasted chicken, a pan of roasted vegetables and a few different grains like brown rice and oatmeal. I really enjoy taking classic recipes and putting a healthy spin on them. Some of my favorite things to make are shredded chicken and vegetable enchiladas, protein pasta bolognese and chili glazed salmon. Having a few staples on hand makes it easy to create a variety of healthy meals!

Living a healthy lifestyle isn't always easy but it is a journey and we need to enjoy the journey as much as we can. As you learn and grow, you begin to enjoy the journey even more. The more you enjoy the journey, the greater your chances are of sustaining healthy habits and sustainability is the key to success.