BIOMILK interviews Kim McDevitt, MPH RD, launching its Health & Wellness Panel Expert Blog
Q: Hi Kim. We are so excited to have you join the team! How would you describe yourself?
A: Hi BIOMILK readers! I’m so happy to be part of this space and hope that I can help shed some insightful nutrition-related information to you through this blog.
A little bit about me… I am a Registered Dietitian and specialize in family nutrition as well as nutrition focused specifically on women. There are 2 facets of my practice: I work directly with a pediatric group in the Princeton, NJ area – Princeton Nassau Pediatrics – as their child and family dietitian and I also work privately, typically with female clients. You can find out more about me (and contact me!) via my website.
On a personal note, I’m also a mama to 2 sweet babes (2 years old and brand new!) and married to my best friend. While my heart will forever be in Maine, we moved to Princeton 4 years ago and are really starting to identify the area with ‘home’.
Q: How would you describe your philosophy when it comes to nutrition?
A: My nutrition philosophy gets down to the basics: Eat more real food, eat less processed foods. Today’s food industry and its smart marketing can be overwhelming and confusing, with many unhealthy products appearing to be healthy. I help individuals and families navigate the endless food choices, steering people to the dietary choices that will suit them best while always encouraging eating real food, whole foods, and minimally processed foods as often as possible. This is what “healthy eating” looks like to me.
Q: What is your view on Probiotics and their health benefits?
A: Probiotics are live bacteria that live in our gut and promote better overall health. I have been a longtime believer in the need to incorporate more probiotics into our daily diets, since many simple factors, including our average American diet and increase in medications, can have a negative effect the presence of those healthy bacteria (and often wipe them out considerably – such as when adults or kids are prescribed antibiotics).
Gut health is your ticket to overall general good health and well-being. Believe it or not, our gut controls more than just keeping our tummies happy. It also plays a larger role in boosting our immune system, controlling our central nervous system, warding off disease, and helping to eliminate total toxins and free radicals from the body. I’m a believer in promoting gut health through foods, which you can do by adding yogurt (must have live & active cultures listed on ingredients) and fermented foods, but also by adding a daily supplement. I recommend a multi-strain, shelf-stable probiotic and encourage the whole family to take them (yes, even your kids). And now using probiotics on my skin (thanks to BIOMILK!) is another way to add those healthy bacteria into my day.
Q: How did you get into professional nutrition consulting?
A: My love of nutrition came almost 10 years ago in conjunction with my love of running. I started to become focused not just on running but on how the different foods I put in my body affected my runs. And I started to become so interested in food that I went back to graduate school and got my Masters in Public Health and became a Dietitian. Today I still love to run, and spending hours at the grocery store looking at new foods and reading labels is one of my favorite hobbies (if you can call it that!). My areas of expertise have evolved as I’ve grown personally. I believe your passions and progress directly align with what’s happening personally in life and for me helping other moms and families navigate health through food is where mine lie.
Q: What is/are your guilty pleasure food(s)? Any tips to enjoy guilty pleasure foods without much of the guilt?
A: I really don’t believe in cheat days and I try hard to encourage people (including myself) to not classify foods as “guilty” or “healthy”. I think there’s great danger in adding labels and associations with those foods that can lead to a lot of negative thoughts on our bodies and in our minds. My suggestion is that you approach all foods with intention. When you allow yourself a slice of cake with the family after dinner or a trip to the bakery on a Sunday morning, you are mindfully making that choice, just as you are when you opt for more vegetables on your plate at dinner or a smoothie for breakfast. If you’re trying to slim down or change your weight you mindfully choose more whole foods; fruits, vegetables, organic meats and fish – and less sugar and processed foods. When we allow ourselves this freedom of intention around the foods we choose, we are more likely to find moderation in all our choices and balance
To learn more about Kim her, visit her website.