For the third edition of our Clinician Spotlight series, we would like to introduce you to Amanda Boostrom, RD. Amanda specializes in picky eating and childhood overeating. She works with teens and adults with a range of eating issues and eating disorders, and poor body image. She teaches Intuitive Eating and also has a background in Sports Nutrition.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and what fueled your interest in nutrition?
I grew up dancing and my mom was a fitness instructor, so movement was a part of my fabric from the beginning. She also brought us up vegetarian, so that sparked my interest in food. I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician since I love kids and helping people, but I didn't want to go through all the school (haha!) I figured out that I wanted to be a dietitian my senior year of high school.
What is one piece of advice that you would give someone who is struggling with their nutrition or body image?
There is SO much more to life than the next diet! How much of your brain do you want taken up by food/exercise/"wellness" culture? Most people look back on their lives and remember relationships and experiences. Make sure you are present for them.
Do you see a shift happening in public perceptions of nutrition?
Most people consider the word "diet" to be a four letter word. There is an increased interest in body acceptance and body positivity. Thin isn't necessarily in anymore, but we still have a long way to go. There is still considerable fatphobia that I don't see going away any time soon, but I have hope.
Are there any books, magazines, newsletters, podcasts or websites you would recommend for those who want to become better educated about diet and nutrition?
I've been recommending 'The F%*k it Diet' recently- it's such a good read and it's funny! A great introduction to NON-diet culture. Also, the classics, 'Intuitive Eating' by Tribole and Resch as well as 'Health At Every Size' by Linda Bacon.
Anything chocolate or peanut butter. Or cheese.
What’s your favorite quote or mantra you can’t live without?
"I looked at my body and said (softly), I want to be your friend. It took a deep breath, and replied...I have been waiting my whole life for this"
To read Amanda's formal education and work bio click here.