Brooke Joanna Benlifer, RD

 

 

Areas of Expertise

Corporate wellness
People today lead incredibly busy lives, striving to maintain balance and quality of life, managing work, home, hobbies and socializing. Corporate wellness takes the approach that we can eat well on a daily basis, without resorting to vending machines, skipped meals, or heavy lunches that leave us too exhausted to be productive. Brooke designs programs and plans for individuals and organizations seeking to promote wellness at work.

 

 

Cardiac health
Forget the no fat, very low fat diets! They often leave us hungry and are not even heart healthy. America gained weight on Snackwell’s, bagels and pasta during the FAT FREE craze of the 1990s. Instead, we need to be eating the right types of fats in the correct ratios to promote heart health. A moderate fat intake of healthy, heart protective fats can result in a healthy weight and a healthy heart, not to mention greater satisfaction in eating.

 

 

Weight management
Having difficulty maintaining a healthy weight? Sometimes all it takes are small tweaks in daily habits to create space for healthy weight loss. Learn how to effectively manage and maintain a healthy weight to look and feel your best.

 

 

 

 

 

Emotional eating
People often eat for every reason other than true physical hunger. Boredom, stress, loneliness, anger, as well as the sight of tempting foods can trigger emotional eating. Recognizing this tendency is the first step in learning to eat for pleasure and good health. In general, eating when one is hungry and stopping when satisfied (80% full) is best. Learn strategies to conquer emotional eating and effectively manage any food situation.

 

 

Vegetarian diets
Yes, vegetarianism can be very healthy. The catch is that it takes a bit more work to make sure you are getting all of the necessary nutrients, and not shortchanging your body. Shop for healthy vegetarian foods and create satisfying meals and snacks.

 

 

 

 

Personalized grocery shopping
Brooke enjoys taking clients of all ages on personalized one-on-one and group shopping trips. Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and traditional grocery stores are great places to stock up on healthy items. Brooke tailors her shopping to the individual, so each experience is unique and designed to fit the client’s preferences. Dietary concerns are always taken into account. Brooke’s philosophy is that having the right “tools” (foods) sets you up to make the best choices. For example, if you have easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables in your refrigerator, you will be more likely to integrate these into your meals.

 

 

Low glycemic diets
No need to shun the carrots and fruit—they are very good for you, despite what some popular diet books would have you think. Carrots rate high on the glycemic index, a measure of how quickly a food raises your blood sugar. However, a more important factor may be the glycemic load, which factors in how much carbohyrdate is in one serving of a specific food. Learn to maximize your energy with a diet low in sugar and high in satiety and satisfaction.

 

 

Kidney disease
I say kidney, you say…bean? Stone? You may have never given a second thought to your kidneys, but our kidneys do a whole lot for us. Among other functions, kidneys normalize water volume, rid our bodies of wastes and toxins, and influence blood pressure. Many conditions can affect renal (kidney) health, one of which is diabetes. People prescribed renal diets often feel overwhelmed by dietary restrictions, especially when they are told they have to limit many “healthy” foods. Brooke helps people on renal diets create workable and healthy meals that are delicious and meet their nutritional needs.

 

 

Oncology
Most of us know someone who has been affected by cancer. Fortunately, we know of many ways to help prevent cancer and to live well despite it. Nutrition plays a huge role in cancer prevention. Choices we make today impact our future health. If you or someone you know is living with cancer, there are many foods that can make the side effects of cancer treatment less difficult. Brooke counsels people on ways to eat to prevent cancer and also works closely with those living with cancer.

 

 

Integrative nutrition
Integrative nutrition takes into account each individual and his/her specific nutritional preferences, and examines various nutritional philosophies in creating a healthy lifestyle. Integrative nutrition looks at conventional teachings as a component of nutritional health, rather than the only answer.