Katie Defoe, MS, RD, LDN Nutrition Counseling
WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT QUITTING,
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Learn how to fill your plate while meeting your medical needs and goals in a realistic, effective, and safe way that matches your lifestyle and works for YOU.
About Nutrition Counseling
During your nutrition visit we will talk one-on-one. I am a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and will listen to your goals, history, and what has stopped you from achieving your goals in the past. During the 30 minute appointment together we will work together to create a manageable plan that takes into account your cultural needs, cooking ability, time constraints, food preferences, meal patterns, medical history, and financial limitations. Let me help you to sort through all the diet info in the media and discuss what might be safe and effective for you. Or just make an appointment to stay motivated or get back on track.
is to help you meet your nutrition-related goals in a supportive and compassionate environment.
Care will be provided in a manner that is:
-A partnership and not a dictatorship
-Understanding of your individual goals, needs, and lifestyle
I have been a registered dietitian (RD) for over 10 years as an inpatient RD working with patients admitted to hospital, in the community working with elders, teaching workshops to all ages including cooking classes, and in private practice providing nutrition counseling to individuals.
Currently working in:
-Private practice nutrition counseling including specializing in patients undergoing bariatric surgery
-Providing nutrition education to elders in their homes as a consulting dietitian for WestMass ElderCare
-Nutrition Coordinator at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
-Nutritionist at WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
-Nutrition Professor at a local community college
Why I became an RD
My first experience with an RD was when my grandfather saw one at the end of his life. I remember my family taping the interview, trying to help my grandfather understand how to follow a low sodium diet for the first time in his 70+ years in an effort to prolong his life and improve quality of life. In an overwhelming and difficult time the RD gave my grandfather and family a feeling of empowerment and control. We are a big Italian family where food and family were closely connected. I do not remember the details of what the RD said, but I like to think she was able to help him understand how to create meals that balanced his medical needs with his love for his favorite foods (spaghetti and meatballs).
Why I am an RD that specializes in overweight and obesity
As an RD for over 10 years I have noticed over and over patients struggling with their weight and have witnessed the battle with weight in the lives of people in my family.
Basically, there is a lot going against people when they are trying to lose weight and to me, it is an honor to be asked by a patient for support to overcome these barriers and help them meet their goals.
What is a Registered Dietitian?
A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who has met academic and professional requirements including:
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What Patients Are Saying
-"Katie shared her knowledge in a way that was helpful and easy to understand. She was patient and easy to talk to. The skills that she taught me helped me to transform my life." (Ann H. from Palmer, PVSA patient
-"I feel like Katie does not judge me." (PVSA patient)
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Favorite Recipes of the Month
An ongoing series of recipes
Cauliflower Mashed "Potatoes"
This Paula Deen recipe is a lower calorie twist on traditional mashed potatoes. Try using cauliflower alone instead of potatoes or using part cauliflower, part potatoes. Add protein by using plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Recipe from pauladeen.com.
Good Reads/Other Resources
50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food (Author: Susan Albers, Psy.D.)
Weight Loss Surgery Cookbook for Dummies (Authors: Brian K. Davidson, David "Chef Dave" Fouts, Karen Meyers, MS, RD/LD)
eat, drink and be mindful
(Author: Susan Albers, Psy.D.)
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Make an appointment!
2 Medical Center Drive - Suite 404
Located within office of Pioneer Valley Surgical Associates
Baystate Medical Center Medical Office Building
Springfield, MA 01107
413-736-3163 ext. 319 (Cathy)
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8:20-11:15
(Office open Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30 to talk to receptionist)