Understand: Laura L. - Dietitian & Food Blogger

Laura Ligos - Dietitian & Food Blogger (Albany, NY)

What's a quote that inspires you?

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ~Hippocrates 

A little cliché but if I didn’t believe in that I probably would be on another career path!

In 5 sentences or less, what do you do in your current job?

I am a “Real Food Dietitian in a Fast Food World" and I believe that food is medicine. I focus on teaching my clients how to keep their diet and lifestyle simple yet sustainable. I meet with clients one on one, conduct lectures and seminars on a Real Food diet/lifestyle and am currently running my blog and podcast where I will soon be releasing a newsletter, cookbook and so much more!

What's a common misconception or myth about what you do?

I am not the food police...I am not here to count calories....and I do not believe that the Food Pyramid was a good idea :)

What's your favorite part of your job?

All of it! Ok but for real....the success stories! They keep me motivated to keep teaching others about living a real food lifestyle, it will literally put a smile on my face for days when I get a message from someone saying they've never felt better. I also LOVE creating recipes galore that are simple, healthy and delicious (and have bacon)!

What's your least favorite part of your job?

Not having enough time in the day to do everything I want to do for my blog and business.

What's one thing you would say to someone looking to take the same career path as you?

Be yourself, work hard, and question everything....well I guess that's three things :) There is a role for unconventional dietitians and we need more of us who believe in a real food and clean eating approach.

What's your definition of success?

Albert Einstein said it for me: “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. “

I want to go to sleep every night knowing that I provided value to someone else's life. I also think success is happiness. I have a loving and caring husband and family and a job I love. I wake up daily with a smile and know that those around me and my job make me happy. and that to me is success.

If someone wanted to get in contact with you, what's the best way to do so?

 Email: laura.t.ligos@gmail.com

Website: www.thesassydietitian.com (soon to be www.teamnutritiongenius.com)

Leave us with one parting piece of advice.

Just eat real food.