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By Katie Cavuto
Meet Katie Cavuto. Author of her first book “Whole Cooking and Nutrition: An Everyday Superfoods Approach to Planning, Cooking, and Eating with Diabetes” Katie embraces and shares her philosophy of food, “My food philosophy is rooted in the fact that nutrition and wellness messages are not one-size-fits all. I celebrate whole foods, and our need for simplicity in messages and in life”.
Focusing on the pillars of whole cooking and nutrition built on a foundation of healthy whole grains, fruits and vegetables, Katie’s list of 85 superfoods is designed to reduce the risk of diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Her mission is simple: fall in love with food all over again. Become motivated to live a healthy lifestyle, create positive intentions of wellness, and you will feel the joy of gratitude.
Katie, as an integrative dietitian and chef, what is the foundation of your food philosophy?
My nutrition philosophy is rooted in the fact that food is nourishing. I want motivate others to see how easy it can be to live a healthy, joyful life from the inside out and to empower people to view food in a more positive way. It’s important to shift the conversation around eating from one of deprivation and shame, to one that is saturated with positive messages of self-love, self-respect, and joy. We all could use more of it. I celebrate the nourishing nature of whole foods, the healing properties of plants, easy approachable recipes and our need for simplicity in messages and in life.
Congratulations on your first cookbook which is titled “Whole Cooking and Nutrition: An Everyday Superfoods Approach to Planning, Cooking, and Eating with Diabetes”! Is this book just for people who have been diagnosed with diabetes or can anyone, including those in the cancer community, benefit from reading and using your cookbook?
The great thing about this book is that it is not just for diabetics. It’s about embracing the joy of eating well with an intention that healthy, whole foods are nourishing, sustaining and delicious. Whole Cooking and Nutrition shifts the conversation away from dieting to one of positive messages and gratifying intentions. The result is a book packed with information to help readers improve their relationship with food, turning a spotlight on 85 every day superfoods that maximize flavor and boast rich nutrient density that will inspire you to live a healthy lifestyle! With more than 150 vibrant, flavorful recipes, this cookbook promotes a mindful, pleasurable approach to eating. Whether you’re in the mood for a satisfying breakfast, a bright vegetable or grain dish, a hearty entrée, or a crowd-pleasing dessert, each of these recipes uses fresh, whole ingredients to make dishes that are unbelievably gratifying.
Whole foods, simple recipes and clean living are all extremely important to you. Can you tell us how you integrate these into your family’s lifestyle?
I live what I teach. I set a daily intention to nourish my body. This brings an immense amount of gratitude to each meal as I can look at a plate of food and feel that I am caring for myself and my family in a meaningful way. I also live and teach these positive food intentions which are not limiting or depriving in any way. “Eat more whole foods and lots of vegetables”. We can all benefit from more vegetables. This intention helps to gently crowd out less nourishing foods without deprivation plus we are focusing on adding foods to you plate instead of taking things away. I love this! Bring mindfulness to your meals and you can enjoy your favorite foods, be it spinach or a cookie. Taste you food and give yourself permission to savor each bite. These simple tips ensure satisfaction and joy. Lastly, keep it simple. Simple recipes are the best. They are easy and approachable every day.
You are the nutrition advisor for Unite for HER, an organization that educates and empowers women with breast cancer. Can you tell us why you joined this organization and how you help these women take control of their lives through education?
I have been with the organization from the beginning and I first became involved through a personal connection I have with the founder, Sue Weldon, who is a breast cancer survivor. Now, nearly 8 years later, my work with UFH is some of the most rewarding work that I do. I value my time with our women. I am grateful for the opportunity to empower them, to calm them in an overwhelming period of their lives. I feel fortunate to be able to gift them the tools they need to make nutrition and cooking feel easy, approachable and joyful.
Lastly, you have some great programs for people who wish to work with you. Can you tell us about these programs, their health benefits and how people can sign up to take advantage of these exciting opportunities?
I truly believe people need tools as well as information. This belief encouraged me to start my own business. I offer very personalized nutrition consultations over the phone, in-home or via video chat because nutrition is not one-size-fits-all. I also grocery shop with me clients, I go in-home and teach them to cook and, in some cases, provide personal chef services when they are needed. I speak locally and nationally about nutrition, mindfulness and joyful living and I am truly grateful for the meaningful connections I have made along the way. They can visit my website to learn more.
I was diagnosed with stage III triple negative breast cancer in October 2014. Two years later to the day I started treatment for metastatic triple negative brea…
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As an Integrative Dietitian, chef and wellness advocate Katie believes that everyone can change their relationship with food through intention setting, simple recipes and whole cooking education.
“Whole Cooking and Nutrition – An Everyday Superfoods Approach to Planning, Cooking and Eating with Diabetes”, Katie’s first cookbook, focuses on whole foods. Highlighting 85 healthy foods which are nutrient dense and 150 flavorful recipes, anyone can lead a healthy lifestyle and return to the joy of eating.
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