Your Health Unlocked Episodes

031: Nutrition for a Long Life in the Real World with Culina Health 

Publication Date: November 02, 2023

By: Rachel Grimsley, (RN, BSN, MSN) Volunteer Health Officer

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Nutrition can often seem like an impossible puzzle. The truth is, nutrition is a lot more complicated than we were taught in health class. Vanessa Rissetto, a Registered Dietician (RD), never paid attention to what she ate growing up. After moving to college and gaining 50lbs, then losing it when she moved back home, Vanessa had questions. Now she wants to share what she’s learned through her experience as an RD to help other people take an active role in their health journey and build a better relationship with food. Her approach is pragmatic, non-judgmental, and most importantly, realistic. Don’t like kale? That’s fine, hide it in a smoothie, or eat something else that’s green!

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The difference between a nutritionist and a Registered Dietician (RD)
  • How an RD can help someone meet their food goals
  • Common misconceptions about nutrition
  • What the most important health indicators are
  • What we need to pay attention to when it comes to supplementation
  • The foods that will help you live better
  • The ways in which our environments and social context influence what we eat

More about Vanessa:

Vanessa Rissetto has always approached nutrition from an outsider’s perspective because, in many ways, she is one. As CEO and Co-Founder of Culina Health, Vanessa’s priority is making clinical nutrition care inclusive and accessible.

Vanessa received a Master’s in Science in Marketing from New York University and later returned to NYU to complete her 1200 hour Dietetic Internship through their Nutrition and Food Studies Program at Mount Sinai Hospital. She went on to serve as Senior Dietitian and Director of Dietetic Internships at NYU. Vanessa is certified in Adult Weight Management (Levels I & II) by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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References Mentioned:

Vanessa Rissetto is the co-founder and CEO of Culina Health, which offers personalized, virtual nutrition care to help people see meaningful changes in their health without restriction. Find out more about their services on their website.

Read more about Keri Glassman, the dietician Vanessa first sought help from. Keri is a renowned celebrity nutritionist, healthy cooking expert, and wellness thought-leader.

There are relevant differences between nutritionists and registered dieticians (RDs) and reasons to be mindful of who’s giving advice about the best eating plan for you. To learn more about the key differences between these two titles, click here for further information from Cleveland Clinic.

Vanessa recommends the following supplement companies in this episode:

Read the New York Times article: How Food May Improve Your Mood“, which claims that certain foods help to alleviate and fight depression.

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