I believe that mindful nutrition is an effective approach to the fight against prediabetes and metabolic syndrome.

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Welcome to The Gen X Dietitian! I’m here to help you achieve nutritional goals and conquer prediabetes and metabolic syndrome through the practice of mindful nutrition. I want to provide you with the knowledge, tools, and support you need to improve your relationship with food. Join this journey towards better health, and welfare. Let me guide you to a more balanced lifestyle through the art of mindful nutrition.

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Hi! I’m April, MA, RDN, LDN

I am a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN) and a member of Generation X. After working in nutrition for more than 25 years, I understand the nutrition-related health issues that many of us born between 1965 and 1980 are now dealing with. That is why I am passionate about helping people with prediabetes and metabolic syndrome use mindful eating, and other nutrition practices, to improve their overall health and well-being.

I earned my master’s degree in foods and nutrition from Appalachian State University in beautiful Boone, NC, and became a registered dietitian in 1995.

Throughout my career, I have gained experience helping people in lots of different settings. I have provided medical nutrition therapy in acute care, a cancer center, outpatient diabetes care, cardiopulmonary rehab, employee wellness, a hemodialysis unit, and long-term care. In addition, I had the pleasure of being an adjunct instructor, teaching various food and nutrition courses, at Appalachian State University. I still enjoy mentoring student interns. Currently, I serve as the Clinical Nutrition Director for a small hospital system nestled in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

In addition to helping people manage various health conditions, I am well aware of the pressure many of us feel to achieve a certain “ideal” body weight. I know the challenges that come with weight and body-image as I have experienced those struggles myself. In reality, our health is not defined by a number on the scale, and our self-worth shouldn’t be either.

The diet culture can be brutal, pushing that “perfect body” ideal. But guess what? I’ve learned that restrictive diets usually lead to guilt and lower self-esteem, not better nutrition. Furthermore, I discovered the concept of mindful nutrition many years ago, and I consider it a game-changer! It shifts the focus from restriction to awareness. This gives us the opportunity to be intentional about nourishing our body through balance, variety and moderation without deprivation.

Join me on this incredible journey of finding balance, fulfillment, and most importantly, better health.

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