EP 114 - Resetting Your Metabolism After the Holidays

From the Show: Dr. Taz Show
Summary: Getting back on track after the holidays can be a struggle. Amy Shapiro MS, RD, CDN, offers simple tips for realizing your health and weight loss goals this year.
Air Date: 1/8/19
Duration: 27:27
Host: Dr. Taz
Guest Bio: Amy Shapiro MS, RD, CDN
Amy Shapiro MS, RD, CDN, is the founder and director of Real Nutrition, a NYC-based private practice dedicated to healthfully and successfully guiding clients to their optimal nutrition, weight, and overall wellness. She is internationally recognized for her individualized, lifestyle-focused approach, which integrates realistic food plans, smart eating habits, and active living. Through encouragement, education, and the right “tricks of the trade,” Amy believes that anyone can achieve their nutritional goals while still enjoying the foods and flavors they crave.

In addition to her private practice, Amy consults with a range of natural foods brands, educational organizations, and renowned fitness and wellness centers. Clients have included BodyLogix, GnuFoods, Real Pilates, The Wright Fit, Food Euphoria, and the New York City Department of Education. As a dietitian and business consultant, she has been tapped to create signature smoothie bar and cafeteria menus, meal plans, energy bars, and various recipes. She is also a referral resource for endocrinologists, ob/gyns, gastroenterologists and other members of the medical community, as well as fitness studios.

She is also often engaged as a guest lecturer for various corporations, groups, and organizations, including On Deck Capital, the American Heart Association, CitiBabes, and Houlihan Lokey, as well as pre-schools and education facilities. Her non-profit support includes God’s Love We Deliver and WIC (Women, Infants and Children).

Prior to founding Real Nutrition in 2009, Amy collaborated with Manhattan’s most prestigious private and clinical practices. She received her Registered Dietitian licensure and Masters in Clinical Nutrition from New York University, and completed her dietetic internship at Montefiore Medical Center—subsequently joining their nutrition team as a Clinical Dietitian. She has also consulted with the NYU Pediatric Dental Clinic.

Amy resides in New York City with her husband and three children, and maintains an active lifestyle. When she’s not with a client, she enjoys trying new restaurants, exercising, visiting farmer’s markets, testing recipes, traveling, indulging in wine and chocolate, chasing her children, and enjoying what life has to offer – nutritiously!
EP 114 - Resetting Your Metabolism After the Holidays
Many people overindulge during the holiday season but recognize it and are motivated to get back on track on January 1.

However, it can be difficult to get started and maintain desired healthy habits. Amy Shapiro MS, RD, CDN, advises focusing on a few things you know you can succeed at so you realize changes quickly and then build upon them.

Three achievable goals she suggests are: 

  1. Make sure you're meeting your water goals. This decreases bloating and increases energy, as well as helps reset your metabolism. 
  2. Fill half your plate with vegetables at every meal.
  3. Cut out "white" foods, such as breads, crackers, French fries, etc.
In terms of doing a detox, Amy believes the body knows how to detox itself but that water consumption is a key part of allowing it to do it's job. Intermittent fasting (IF) is also an effective option, but it's important to ensure you're getting all your nutrients in during your eating window. 

Listen as Amy joins Dr. Taz to discuss additional ways to reset your metabolism and help you achieve all your health and weight loss goals in 2019.