Cornell University, BS in Nutritional Sciences
Dominican University, MBA and Dietetic Internship
Clinical Registered Dietitian at Albany Medical Center
Former Division I Competitive Swimmer
Interests: cooking, healthy eating, snowboarding, country music, CrossFit
I am a Registered Dietitian, an athlete and a complete "foodie". I believe that food is medicine and I take a holistic approach when it comes to health and wellness. While I have always considered myself athletic and active, I have not always been the most knowledgeable about food. I was a picky eater growing up and barely knew how to work a microwave. That all started to change when I realized what I was eating could be affecting my swimming career and at the same time my mother started to develop food allergies and intolerances. Curiosity set in, I wanted to know how diet/food could help me excel in sports and help my mom feel better, and thus my passion for nutrition grew.
So, I decided to take a nutrition class in college, learned how to cook at McCormick & Co.'s test kitchen over the summer, and sure enough I was well on my way to becoming a foodie and a dietitian. While I saw some improvement in my athletic performance, I still suffered from allergies, asthma and heartburn, all of which I thought were permanent and treatable only with medications. It was not until I found The Paleo Solution by Rob Wolf that I started to understand food as medicine and once I converted to a Paleo lifestyle, I noticed relief of all my symptoms, increased energy and improved athletic performance.
Having immersed myself in Paleo, I continued to research how I could improve upon my health and sure enough I came across CrossFit. A few months after I moved to Albany to start my career in dietetics, I decided it was time to try CrossFit with my now fiancé JJ. It has been a fun addition to our lives and I love surrounding myself with people who make health a priority. I look forward to improving my health and athletic ability with CrossFit and I hope that my passion for food/nutrition can help others improve athletic performance, achieve healthy lifestyles, overcome autoimmune disorders, and ultimately understand that food is the most powerful medicine.
Watch Laura on Caveman in the Kitchen.