Welcome to Spark Change Nutrition! I’m so glad that you’re here! This blog covers a lot of nutrition- and health-related topics that are near and dear to my heart. Overall, the goal of this blog is to teach you about real nutrition, to help you feel confident in what you are eating and/or feeding your family, and to be at peace with food.
I’ve divided the blog into four categories, each of which represents a different aspect of the journey to better eating. I’ve set them up to go in order, but feel free to start at whichever place feels most relevant to you right now:
As you can see, this blog will take you through the entire process of creating and savoring a balanced meal from start to finish. This includes everything from learning what a balanced meal is to sitting down and enjoying it bite by bite. Along the way, you will learn how to make lasting behavior changes, and you will become informed about how your food choices can impact the wellbeing of both yourself and the planet.
Whether you know a lot about nutrition, or whether you’re not even sure of the basics, it is my sincere hope that this site will have something you can use to improve your health and your relationship with food.
About Helena Ramadan, MS, RDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Certified Health Coach
Hi, I’m Helena! I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), a health coach, and a mom, and I’ve always loved being active and eating healthy. After working for several years in clinical settings, I decided to change my focus. Instead of helping people recover after they got sick, I wanted to help them prevent illness by making positive lifestyle changes. I started this blog to share what I know about nutrition and health so others can use that knowledge to improve their lives.
In addition to being a dietitian, I also have a bachelor’s degree in English and I love to write. I currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and two children. (I say “currently” because we have a tendency to move around a lot.) When I am not blogging, I love fitness, spending time outdoors with my family, and reading. I also enjoy sewing, crochet, and other types of crafting.
Licenses & Certifications
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
American Council on Exercise
Certified Health Coach
Loma Linda University
B.S. & M.S. in Nutrition & Dietetics
University of Virginia
B.A. In English
Arkansas Children’s Northwest
Rady Children’s Hospital
Eating Disorder Dietitian
Eating Disorder Center of San Diego
UCSD Eating Disorders Center
My Approach & Values
- Accuracy is so important to me. As a dietitian, I only provide information that is based on facts. There is just too much nutrition misinformation out there. That’s why you’ll find evidence-based health and nutrition articles on my blog. You’ll notice that I include links and references throughout these articles; that’s because I look things up before hitting “publish.” I want to make sure the information I provide is both accurate and useful.
- I also believe that food should be enjoyable and nourishing, not another stressor. One of the goals of this blog is to improve not just your health, but your relationship with food too. I do not believe in following strict eating regimens or eliminating entire food groups from your diet (unless it is medically necessary). I came to adopt this philosophy after working as an eating disorder dietitian.
- It is important to be flexible and have a more neutral relationship with food – and your body. Therefore, I aim to have nonjudgmental language on my blog. I also strive to be weight-inclusive, and I believe in the Health at Every Size model. I will recommend resources to help you understand these viewpoints, and perhaps even adopt them.
You can feel confident in how you eat and what you feed your family, and you can enjoy food without feeling stress and guilt!
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