Last summer I took Dr. Vanita Rahman’s Healthy Nutrition class at the McLean Racquet and Health Club. This was a wonderful class. It was chock full of useful information about eating right, discerning the nutritional value of different foods, and leading a healthy lifestyle. Vanita’s dynamic, interactive style and her deep expertise contributed to the value of the class. The Q&A at the end of every class allowed the participants to explore topics of special interest to them. As a scientist, I appreciated Vanita’s thorough and clear explanations of the health aspects of nutrition. My family has already benefited from the class. I put into practice her advice on portion control and the result is that my husband has lost over 10 pounds. I hope more people can benefit from the enthusiasm and knowledge Dr. Vanita brings to the field of healthy nutrition.
I have consulted with Dr. Vanita Rahman since April 2014. My goal was to lose twenty pounds by changing my diet and improving my exercise schedule. The process starts with a careful assessment of nutritional habits. Dr. Rahman gives suggestions about recommended changes in the diet. She also gives a nutritional rationale about why the changes are recommended. Her explanations are given in plain language and are easy to relate to. Dr. Rahman is creative and thoughtful. If there is an impasse in the process of weight loss and nutritional change she develops strategies that are consistent with the overriding goal. I have made significant progress towards my goal, and I recommend Dr. Rahman for her expertise and thoughtful commitment.
About me: I love to read books, newspapers and recipes. When it comes to cooking I would describe myself as a visual learner. That’s where I sing the praises of Vanita Rahman, MD. Our sessions – four in total – were personally structured by Vanita to meet my own nutritional goals as well as specific requests I could share with my family. For instance, my daughter, who was pregnant at the time, asked for food related information tailored to her special needs. Each session included an instructional as well as a hands-on component. I was particularly appreciative when Vanita provided me with insight on how to interpret current food labels. Another example of Vanita’s helpfulness was teaching me about the use of a greater variety of spices and knowing when to precisely add fresh herbs. I believe her instruction and wealth of nutritional knowledge was made so practical that I look forward to making a smooth lifestyle change.
I love these whole grain bagels that I found at MOM’s – they are made with sprouted whole grains. This almond-based cream cheese tastes just like the dairy version! I had a bagel sandwich with tomatoes, cucumbers and sliced green chilis – just fantastic!Read More
My family and I concluded 2016 by fulfilling a long-held dream-visiting the Great Wall. These are some of the highlights from our trip. It’s all about that air. In the US, we take fresh, clean air for granted. In China, the locals and tourists, check the air quality index (AQI) daily before heading out. AQI is aRead More
Many of you have been asking about helpful websites for recipes and other lifestyle tips. These are some sites that I recommend: PCRM.org – recipes and health information. Also, has a free online “21-Day Vegan Kickstart Program” NutritionMD.org – great recipes NutritionFacts.org – very informative short videos about nutrition and disease ForksOverKnives.com – recipes andRead More
As the temperature cools down, I start craving butternut squash. It’s heartiness and smooth flavor is delicious in soups and pastas. If you have tried slicing butternut squash, you know how tough it can be. Try these easy tips, where you bake the squash before slicing it. Roast the entire squash at 450 degrees for 45Read More
As you plan for holiday meals, be sure to check out your local farmers’ market, where the produce tends to be seasonal and far more flavorful than the items sold in grocery stores. Another bonus is that you can often taste fruits and veggies before buying them. It is also fun to learn about other crops that youRead More
It’s pomegranate season and these garnet beauties are well worth the trouble of removing their seeds. They are delicious, refreshing, and rich in potassium and anti-oxidants. The season runs from October to January; look for brightly-colored fruits. To remove the seeds, cut the fruit in quarters, and then manually remove the seeds. They come offRead More
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