To continue our Clinician Spotlight series, we would like to introduce you to Adrienne Inger, RD. Adrienne specializes in women's health (hormonal and endocrine) and PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), gastrointestinal and renal disease, overcoming chronic dieting and recovery from eating disorders.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and what fueled your interest in nutrition?
A number of chronic health conditions run in my family, which is probably why as a Freshman in college, I found myself gravitating towards courses in the school catalogue that pertained to health and wellness. I was curious to learn what role nutrition played in disease prevention and management. So, I enrolled in an 'Intro to Nutrition' college course, and found that the information piqued my interest. It felt empowering to learn the benefits of nutrition --- as well as its limitations (because nutrition is but a piece of the whole-person health puzzle). Separating fact from fiction to provide nutrition advice that is realistic, helpful, and sound has been my passion ever since!
What interests you most about health and nutrition?
The clients I get to work with make nutrition more interesting. I meet so many incredible people whose relationships with food and body have been challenged in one way or another. I feel privileged to support them as they work towards healthier, happier lives.
Fun fact about you?
I just became open-water scuba diving certified --- and about 10 sharks swam by to 'cheer me on' while I completed my dive exercises underwater. Apparently they're well-fed though. I guess being well-fed takes the edge off for everybody, even sharks ;)
What’s one of the wackiest nutrition myths you’ve heard of?
It's hard to call it wacky when it's so mainstream -- I don't fault anyone who has picked up this advice... but, that any one nutrient is "bad" and should be avoided at all costs (ie carbohydrates or fats) isn't supported in science and it's wacky how fast misinformation can travel!
Cheez-its and peanuts with a glass of orange juice take my top spot. Super random, I know. I'm just into it right now.
I also like chocolate peanut butter cups with milk....
and apples with vanilla almond butter....
Do I have to choose just one?
To read Adrienne's formal education and work bio click here.