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Member Spotlight: Julie Jones Cottrell (Dietician)

This week we introduce a new section where we highlight a contribution from a member of the Nowgevity Community. This one is a summary of a post made by Julie Jones Cottrell, a registered dietitian in Chattanooga, TN. (We’ve made some edits for context and flow.) 

“I want to preface this by saying that I believe the quest for health is a journey, and none of us knows everything. When I studied to become a dietitian, I thought I was going to come out of it with all the facts I ever needed. Nothing could be further from the truth. 

I’m not disgruntled that half of what I learned in school was wrong. I find it “fun” now to piece it back together, understanding that parts of our old “truths” were correct, but that parts were also wrong. That’s where I am. I read, listen, experiment, and continue to learn, knowing I will never have all the answers, but that I can keep finding new truths.

I’ve been there and done that with low fat (that’s how I was trained), exercis[ing] like a madwoman, and try[ing] to “balance the calorie equation.” I stepped away from that mentality by 2010 and followed a range of folks, like Sally Fallon, Dr. Mercola, and Mark Sisson (Primal Blueprint). [I’ve] explored paleo, [gluten-free], dairy-free. I’ve tried vegetarian/vegan. I’ve read about the blue zones. And I’ve explored lower-carb eating from the days of Atkins to where it is now, as some variation of keto vs. low carb.

I personally find low carb to be the way to go for most people, but the definition of how much that is, is an individual thing. I present the idea of 100 grams or less per day as a starting point, as well as the idea of 2 meals/day (with an optional snack in the 8 hour eating window) as a solid baseline. 

People often expect to have a “diet” presented to them by a dietitian. I present a “pattern of eating” where you fill in the blanks based on your food likes/dislikes, food tolerance, [and] carb allowance. In addition, [I push you] to consider foods that do provide health benefits that you aren’t already consuming.

My other [health hack] relates to exercise…”

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