Hi, I’m Anne Assassi and I am absolutely thrilled to be apart of The Seasoned Life Community.
To tell you a little more about myself, I’m a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and food blogger from the San Francisco Bay Area. I am very passionate about helping people become healthier versions of themselves. I have watched my own friends and family struggle with nutrition problems and am driven to help others succeed on their road to better health. I started my Diet Assassanista Blog in May of 2016 with a mission to teach others that eating healthy foods is fun, rewarding, and absolutely delicious!
I first became passionate about living a healthier lifestyle when I studied abroad in Greece. There I fell in love with Mediterranean food and my future husband (!) and learned that by just moving a little more and eating amazing whole foods, I could become a healthier me. Upon my return, I learned more about nutrition through fitness magazines and started to exercise regularly; I have since participated in several races ranging from 5ks to marathons!
Even though I was studying history (fun fact: I was originally planning for law school and a career in politics!), I was quickly learning how much I was drawn to the world of health and nutrition and helping others After completing my undergraduate studies at UC Santa Barbara, I knew that becoming a dietitian was my true calling and headed off to San Jose State University to obtain my Master’s in Nutrition and complete the Didactic Program in Dietetics. I’ve been practicing as a Clinical Dietitian since 2013 and haven’t looked back since!
Here at The Seasoned Life, my goal is to emphasize that eating healthy and nutritious foods is what’s best for your mind and body! You may be surprised to learn that even though I’m a dietitian, I do not believe in dieting. Like most dietitians, I believe that diets offer empty promises. Our world is consumed with whatever diet is popular today, but I strongly believe that health isn’t a trend.
There are over 80 established diets listed on Wikipedia alone and not one of them has ever made a dent in the Western world’s obesity epidemic. Not. One. Instead of dieting, I believe that you will be much more successful in achieving your health goals by incorporating a few simple lifestyle habits into your everyday routine:
Eat a variety of delicious nutrient-dense foods.
Diets tend to offer too few calories by restricting specific food groups, which leave you undernourished and unsatisfied. Who wants to feel hungry and angry all the time?! It makes perfect sense that no one sticks to diets for very long. Instead, focus on creating nutritious meals that are colorful and tasty with unique flavors and spices that excite your palate. If you’re a picky eater, start slow. Over time, you will start to crave nutrient-dense foods that will make you look and feel amazing.
Every time you eat, think for a moment about the food you’re putting into your body and all the good things they’re doing for you. These mindful moments will prevent you from adding unnecessary portions to your plate and help you get in touch with what you really need to nourish your body.
Yup, you read that right. Don’t restrict any food group or even your favorite junk food that you love! Keeping moderation in mind, it’s perfectly acceptable to dive into your favorite guilty pleasure on occasion. Just be mindful to not overindulge. The trick here is to not stock your kitchen with any unnecessary temptations. Easy!
Ultimately, your diet is up to you. Your life is unique, from your own biology to your family dynamics, work schedule, and food preferences. So enough with the dieting craze - let’s assassinate the diet together and nourish the mind instead!
Latest posts by Anne Assassi (see all)
- Balsamic Glazed Chicken Breasts with Swiss Chard and Polenta - 10:36am | June 2, 2017
- Celebrate All of Your Mothers This Weekend! - 12:00pm | May 13, 2017
- Meet Anne - 9:00am | May 13, 2017