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Chrissy Arsenault, MBA, RDN, LD – Expert Site Reviewer
Certified Nurtitionist and Dietitian for WaterFiltersAdvisor
Professional Webite: www.thepinkpamplemousse.com
|Chrissy obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences with minors in Biological Sciences and East Asia studies at Cornell University. Through her personal passions for healthy eating and exercise and working part-time as a Certified Personal Trainer during college, she learned that there were so many myths out there when it comes to nutrition. She wanted to be able to educate and serve others through the healing power of nutrition.|
|After graduating from college, she completed her Dietetic Internship to obtain over 1,200 hours of supervised practice at University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. This program consisted of rigorous rotations in clinical, foodservice, community health, and management. She then sat for her exam to be credentialed as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) through the Commission for Dietetic Registration (CDR).|
|After working in dietetics for a couple of years, she then obtained her Master of Business Administration at Indiana University – Kelley School of Business in order to strengthen her business acumen and gain more experience in marketing and communications. This enabled Chrissy to scale her influence by working with better-for-you food companies to translate complex science into consumer-friendly messaging, while continuing to work one-on-one with clients.|
Chrissy is an expert reviewer at Water Filters Advisor’s blog. She’s an expert in her field of nutirition, so she helps review content on our blog and ensures we are delivering the best quality to our readers. Proofreading, editing and fact checking are some of her tasks as an expert reviewer.
Chrissy also supports local media outlets for speaking engagements and serves as a subject matter expert for media interviews. She aspires to use her platform to help others lead healthier lives and establish a healthy relationship with food. She was recently interviewed for the following news features:
- Thrillist on healthy, cheap foods
- LifeZette on diet sodas
- Stocking your freezer for summer
- Lean protein choices
- Health benefits of reducing sugar intake
Additionally, she did a cooking and hydration segment for local FOX News on preparing for a local mini-marathon, which you can check out here.
Chrissy’s Experiences as a Registered Dietitian
The most common question that Chrissy is asked in private practice is what the perfect diet or meal plan is in order to lose weight and look good. However, when it comes to nutrition, Chrissy doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach, and there really isn’t a magic bullet plan! She believes in understanding her clients’ motivations and goals and then working together to create a sustainable approach that isn’t daunting. For example, to spotlight a success story, a client who Chrissy worked with was overweight, at risk for diabetes, and wanted to lose some weight. She started by getting the diet history of this client and devised a nutrition plan that reduced the client’s calories by 250 calories per day to create a calorie deficit of half a pound per week, but doing so in the form of small, sustainable changes made a big difference. By working with Chrissy for 6 months, the client lost over 25 pounds, and the client’s A1c was back to normal and no longer at risk for diabetes! In addition to the physical health benefits, the client had a renewed sense of confidence, mental health, and was inspired to help his family on their healthy eating journey as well.
Fad diets are so common, but not very sustainable. Some of the most common diets that Chrissy sees in her practice is keto, intermittent fasting, gluten-free, and organic. Although Chrissy believes that all foods fit, and thus, these diets can work as part of a holistic approach, it’s more important to focus on sustainable habits that will work for the long-term. Rather than labeling foods as good or bad, Chrissy believes in focusing on mostly plant-based foods and moderation. There is so much more that Registered Dietitians can help with beyond the creation of a meal plan: accountability, coaching, nudging clients toward healthier habits, education on chronic disease, and even navigating the psychology behind pantries and grocery aisles. In fact, most clients don’t do well on a meal plan; this requires a lot of discipline and only a small percentage of people adhere to strict meal plans.
There are only so many hours in the day, and Chrissy wanted to find a better way to reach a broader audience and scale up her impact. She does this by working with food companies to develop communication strategies that are evidence-based and pull in science, but distill this information into bites that are easier to understand. She has recently worked with clients ranging from small, start-up brands, to bigger, national brands, to ensure that we all help consumers reach their health goals. Food companies often look to Registered Dietitians like Chrissy to create engaging content, such as blog posts, joint influencer product giveaways, and communication strategy.
Are you a food company looking to create evidence-based, engaging content for your audience? Or, are you looking to work with a Registered Dietitian on healthy eating?
She offers free 15-minute, no-obligation consultations to discuss your health goals with you and see if you would be a good fit for a nutrition coaching program.