Nutrition Q&A With A Registered Dietitian

On Wednesday, October 19th from 5:00 – 8:00pm we will have two guests from Kettlebell Kitchen doing a nutrition Q&A and personal consultations. One of these guests, Amanda Montalvo, is a Registered Dietitian who works with people just like you (read: active people, CrossFitters, etc) on providing nutrition advice, direction, and even just basic knowledge of nutrition in general. These questions may be related to Kettlebell Kitchen, or you can just get some free nutritional advice! Ever wondered what you should eat before or after a workout, or when you should eat it? Wondering what this “macro thing” is that has grown in popularity in recent months, or what the difference between the Paleo diet and clean eating are? All questions will be answered, Kettlebell Kitchen-related or not!

Feel free to come by anytime between 5:00 – 8:00pm on 10/19/16 to get your questions answered, and learn more about Amanda below!

Amanda Montalvo, RD, CD-N

Educational background

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • 1600 hour Dietetic Internship
  • Registered Dietitian
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Nutritional philosophy
Eat real food that tastes good and is going to nourish your body and help you live a long, happy life. Take advantage of science—get your blood work done, your DNA tested. These can give you pieces of information to help you optimize your diet that you can share with a Certified Nutritionist/Physician that can help you with this. Don’t let food be a stressor—always keep it simple and go back to the basics.

Reason for becoming nutritionist/RD
I grew up eating homemade meals my Mom made from scratch and learned about the importance of eating real food at a young age. As I got older, I started to get interested in how the balance of the food we eat affects our day-to-day lives. I quickly learned that food can have a huge positive impact on health and even be used in place of or in conjunction with medicine. I was like a sponge! I read every book and wanted to know everything, which led to me changing my major part way through college from nursing to nutrition. I haven’t looked back since.

The beauty of food/nutrition is that it is the perfect combination of art and science. We can do things like get our blood work done or our DNA tested to tell us more about how we absorb food and what the current nutritional status of our body is. This is amazing, but what is even more amazing is that we can use different foods to fix imbalances, support health, and see real change in these scientific measurements. Combining foods to create a delicious meal to support our health is an art.

How long you’ve been working for KBK
Since June 2016. I started working for KBK because their mission aligns with mine—providing people with the nutrients and nutrition information they need to live a healthy life. KBK keeps it simple and honest with only real food ingredients, but the food still tastes amazing. The owners of the company are two amazing guys that are so passionate about helping people and believe in what they do 100%.  I was honored when asked to join the team.

Favorite food/meal/KBK meal
Bacon Chicken Waldorf

Weirdest healthy food you love?
Kombucha—fermented, carbonated tea with tons of healthy bacteria to support gut and immune health

Favorite non-food hobby
Being upside down and outdoors with my two dogs.

Best part about working for KBK
The food duh! But really it’s being surrounded by people that inspire you and constantly motivate you to get out of your comfort zone, help others, and be the best version of yourself.

Favorite type of fitness/workout:
Gymnastics

Athletic Background:
I have been CrossFitting for a little over 7 years now. I did it for fun for about 5 years and then started competing the last two years going to Wodapalooza and Regionals with a team in 2016.  Prior to CrossFit, I danced for 10 years and was a division 1 rower at the University of Connecticut.

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