RD Spotlight: Stephanie Bonniot, RD, CPT, Pn2
Meet Coach Stephy, a Canadian dietitian and personal trainer currently residing in France. She loves to provide her patients with the tools needed to make healthy choices, one of them being EatLove PRO.
This story is a part of the RD Spotlight series where we feature outstanding Registered Dietitians around the globe who are part of the EatLove community.
1. How do you use EatLove in your work? Tell us a little bit about yourself, your practice and specialty.
I use EatLove PRO in my practice for my 12 month nutrition and behavior change program as well as for patients who come for consultations who are not very comfortable in the kitchen, who are in need of help for cooking healthy meals and meal ideas.
I haven’t been a dietitian all my life. Previously, I worked as an IT specialist. I decided to embark on a big career change a couple of years ago. After battling with obesity and going on severe and very restrictive diets, I had quickly lost weight but jeopardized my health in the process. I felt overwhelmed by everything you can read on nutrition, even some of the unhealthy diets I had done were given to me by doctors. I wanted to learn everything I could on nutrition and decided to become a dietitian. I first started my career change by becoming a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise. Then I quit my job and went back to school to get a Bachelor of Dietetics and Sport Applied Nutrition and in the mean time also got 2 certification with Precision Nutrition on sports nutrition coaching where I learned about the importance of behavior change.
2. What is your favorite part about being a Registered Dietitian?
My goal as a dietitian is to help people progressively adopt a sustainable healthier lifestyle. I use behavior change, proper nutrition coaching — teaching my patients how to properly fuel their bodies — and a personalized physical activity program adapted to their capacity. I love being able to answer their questions and help them see clearly despite all the misinformation they get through the medias.
3. How do you utilize meal planning in your practice?
I didn’t use meal planning before I started using EatLove PRO. Some of my patients asked for meal plan but it is so time consuming to prepare it that it wouldn’t be worth my time and energy. I learnt that I also needed to prepare grocery list along with the meal plan. And if a particular meal didn’t appeal to the patients, I needed to redo it, which would increase my time spent on it.
4. What are your favorite features on EatLove? How has it changed your job on a day-to-day basis? How has it impacted your clients?
EatLove PRO is amazing for my English-speaking patients needing a meal plan. What I like is that I can personalize it completely to reflect specific needs of my patients, whether they have a health condition, sports enthusiast / athletes, or if they are just looking to adopt a healthier lifestyle and get back to a healthy weight. My patients appreciate the fact that if they want, they can swap meals to choose something they prefer. In addition, before printing their grocery list, they love the fact that they can edit it according to whatever ingredients they may already have on hand.
- What’s your favorite food? Tourtière (French Canadian specialty)
- What’s your go-to quick weeknight meal? Stir fry! Take whatever veggies I have, chop them, add a protein, and cook everything in a wok with Asian seasonings and serve with brown jasmine rice or rice pasta.
- Food philosophy? Alway have healthy foods prepped and ready to eat. When we need a little something to eat, we go straight for what we have available. If you have healthy food on hand, you’ll likely to grab some. But if you have not-so-healthy foods options that you can’t resist, that is what you will go for. You can still have those foods of course, no foods should be banned. You just need to buy enough for planned occasion, and enjoy it! Avoid buying large quantities, because if it’s in the house, you will end up eating it!