Hi, I’m Diana. Registered dietitian, writer and mom. After spending most of my adult life in New York City, I now live in Oklahoma with my husband and two kids. I became a registered dietitian after a stint in magazine journalism because I love to cook and I can’t imagine anything more important than nourishing ourselves through the meals we share together. Although I didn’t have kids at the time, family nutrition has always been my passion and my focus.
After working for several years with organizations that promote family nutrition, I became a mom myself and realized that getting healthy food into myself and my family was going to be a lot harder than I’d imagined. I recall one day when I was standing in the grocery store with about 15 minutes to spare before I needed to pick my then six-month-old daughter up from daycare. I was scanning the aisles for something – anything! – that I could easily prep for dinner, but I came up totally empty. But I was a registered dietitian! And home cooking and family meals were my thing. If it was this hard for me, what was everyone else going through?
On top of the challenges of holding down a full-time job, getting something nutritious on the table every night, pumping at work and taking care of a new baby (who hadn’t yet figured out that sleeping was a good thing), I also found myself struggling with the fact that the weight I’d gained during my pregnancy didn’t magically fall off like I’d naively assumed it would. I still looked pregnant, nothing fit right and I couldn’t fathom finding time to exercise or eat any healthier than I already did on top of my full-time work and parenting responsibilities. How do people do this??? I wondered.
I still don’t have it all figured out, but I’ve discovered that a healthy mix of preparation, knowledge, time-saving strategies, self-forgiveness and letting the small things slide are the right tactics for me. I didn’t discover this approach overnight, I came to it one *baby step* at a time and it’s still a work in progress. I’m here to help YOU navigate these same challenges and overcome the nutritional havoc that bringing kids into the world can wreak on our lives.
I don’t believe in dieting, especially for postpartum women. On top of the fact that diets don’t work, haven’t we been through enough? I believe in doing the best we can with the time and resources we have available and accepting the body that results. In practical terms, that might mean doing your best to eat mostly nutritious meals, stop eating when you’re full and stay active, but also enjoying the occasional chocolate croissant (my fav!) and not spending the only two free hours you have in the evening slaving away at the gym.
I also don’t believe in bending over backwards to make all of our families’ food from scratch, buying 100% organic food, or becoming the junk food police and monitoring every morsel of food that crosses our kids’ lips. Processed food isn’t a bad word, and there are many great processed products that I really believe can make our lives easier without sacrificing health. And while I do believe in cultivating healthy habits and taste preferences in our kids from the start, I also know that obsessing over what they’re eating isn’t going to lead to healthier habits for anyone.
I’m here to deliver what I’ve learned about fitting healthy eating into the craziness of new parenthood to you in a digestible, relatable way. Sound good? Let’s go!
Education and Credentials:
B.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, New York University
B.S., Dietetics, University of Northern Colorado
Dietetic Internship, Cedar Crest College
Registered dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration
Member, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Certifications and Continuing Education:
SOS Approach to Feeding, STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder, March 2019
Certified Lactation Educator Counselor, UCSD Extension, Dec. 2018
Body Kindness Mentorship Program with Rebecca Scritchfield, RD, Nov. 2017 – May 2018