Katherine Brooking, MS, RD

Katherine Brooking, MS, RD.

Hello and thanks for stopping by to read my bio.

A few things about my early years…

I grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens (NYC).  
My natural curiosity and love of a good joke blossomed early: at age five I greased up our toilet seat with Vaseline to see which family member would hit the tiles first.

It would be fair to say that I was “nerdy” in high school. I was also last-picked in gym class. (Throwing and catching rounded objects was never my forte… nor was throwing and catching sharp objects).

I came to a career in nutrition by a somewhat circuitous route…. After college I worked on Wall Street, beginning with the now defunct Lehman Brothers (in investment banking) and finishing with a stint at Goldman Sachs (in equity sales).  It was good.  I have few regrets.  But ultimately I knew I wanted a career that was more meaningful to me and – hopefully – more helpful to others.

Eventually I realized that one of the most important things to me was good health.  I thought about heading to med school, but what really compelled me was the idea of preserving good health.  This is why I entered the nutrition field.  And it is also what continues to motivate me and why I absolutely LOVE what I do.

In 2005 I finished my master’s in Nutrition Science at Columbia University and also became a registered dietician.  I now work in nutrition communications, helping the public sort out real, science-based findings from bogus nutrition ‘hype’.  Over the years I’ve learned that healthy eating (and tasty eating) is really quite simple.  Somehow in all the puffery this fact has been lost on many of us.

Katherine Brooking, MS, RD.I hope that on this site Julie and I (and our guest bloggers) can shed light on living a healthier life … as professional dieticians… but also as regular women leading busy lives.  My goal is simple: to motivate and inspire others to make smarter health and fitness choices.

I’ll be blogging about what I eat and will share with you my personal approach to nutrition and fitness. What works for me will not necessarily work for you, but it may give you some ideas.  We all have different genetics, metabolisms, health concerns, lifestyles, and food preferences. There is no single “perfect diet”, and while I make healthy food choices most of the time, you will see that I also enjoy a sweet treat or indulgence meal from time to time. (And that’s okay!) Between my ruminations on health and fitness, I try to share my observations on the more humorous aspects of life too.  After all, laughter and happiness are also important to good health.

For the most part, my diet consists of whole grains, lean sources of protein (like fish, chicken, beans and low fat dairy), healthy oils (from nuts and seeds, and oils like canola and olive), and of course, fruits and vegetables. I do not count calories, measure my food, or restrict my calorie intake. I do not own a scale or weigh myself on a regular basis (I’ll know if there’s been a significant change if my clothes don’t fit!). I DO engage in some type of physical activity everyday. I’ve had many clients over the years who DO benefit from measuring food, weighing themselves regularly, and/or eliminating certain specific foods. It all depends on the individual and his or her needs. There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. I believe that to truly be “healthy” there should also be joy in eating. And by that I mean that a “healthy” meal should be one that genuinely tastes good too and makes you feel satisfied.

Ollie & Jack in Miami Beach

A few things about my present life…
I split my time between Miami Beach and New York, and also travel often.
 I have an amazing family, group of friends, and golden retriever.  And recently I added a new addition, “Jack”, a 6-pound puppy to my canine family.  My throwing and catching skills remain hopelessly under par, however I do love swimming, hiking, Pure Yoga in NYC and anything outdoors (except freezing weather!)
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My sense of humor has become slightly more refined. I no longer grease toilet seats for a good laugh, although I still love a good joke.
 I love my life and am generally very happy and healthy.  I hope that I can share some of this with you.

To your health,

Katherine