Hi, I am Natasha Eziquiel-Shriro (EE-zee-Key-Yul Sh-REE-row). Yes, I know that’s a mouthful! I am a licensed dietitian nutritionist and practicing clinical counselor, with a passion for helping others make healthy lifestyle changes, by applying the latest scientific evidence and the wisdom of traditional wellness practices.
I realized during years spent leading holistic nutrition, health, and cooking classes, that it’s not easy to separate the way we feel from the way we eat. Something is missing when a nutritionist says, “Can you stop having feelings and needs for a few minutes so we can talk about food?” That’s not how people operate, and that’s not true to how the body functions either.
As it turns out, many chronic conditions, ranging from obesity and diabetes, to inflammatory bowel disease, PCOS, and IBS, have a mental health (mind) component which is often considered secondary to the physical (body) symptoms. But there is much to be said about mind-body connection, and the relationships between what and how we eat, our emotional resilience, and our risk for chronic or autoimmune conditions.
I often think to myself, to what extent could we prevent many major diseases if we focused on mental wellness as a key factor in illness and recovery? Could a modern approach to eating emphasize brain function and mental health, but end up improving weight balance, reducing cancer risk, reversing type II diabetes, eliminating PCOS, or preventing a Crohn’s flare?
The purpose of this site is to share info on a nutrition-centered approach to wellness, with improved mood and mental health as goal. So much is possible, and it all starts with food!
Natasha obtained her master’s degree in Nutrition Science from the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, where her research focused on the intersection of mood disorders, mental illness, and digestive diseases. She completed her nutrition residency with the prestigious NewYork-Presbyterian Hospitals, and has worked for five+ years as a community nutritionist and culinary educator throughout New York City. She currently practices at a community-based health center in East Brooklyn, where she works with patients one-on-one to use nutrition therapy for disease management, weight loss, and prevention of chronic illnesses. In her free time, she enjoys cooking (of course), farmers’ markets, gardening, exploring nature, bike riding, yoga, art, music, reading up on the latest nutrition science research, and a good crossword puzzle.