Kelsey Smith, MS, RDN, LD

Dietitian

Kelsey is a Master’s Trained Registered Dietitian with udergraduate degrees in psychology and nutrition. Kelsey is a former gymnast and D1 track and cross country athlete. She hung up her racing spikes for a career as a registered dietitian, helping adults and children boost athletic performance, manage chronic diseases, and promote general well being. If you were to ask Kelsey, she would say she has the coolest job on the planet. Oh, and did we mention she likes to cook? The kitchen is her playground. Watch out for recipes on the blog. When Kelsey is not cooking or working out, you can find her cuddled on the couch next to Scooter (aka the best cat there ever was) and her equally adorable husband, Mike.

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INTERVIEW WITH KELSEY

Your are STAT's registered dietitian. What made you become a RD?

Oddly enough, I actually wanted to be a chef before I became a dietitian. I was obsessed with Food Network, and I actually toured culinary schools before universities. But culinary schools don’t have track teams, so it was back to the drawing board. My senior year of high school, I heard a local sports dietitian speak about performance nutrition. I was hooked!

You have been an athlete for many years. What are 3 quick tips for exercise nutrition?

  1. Plan ahead! It’s never fun to show up to a workout under fueled. I always have nuts and fruit in my bag so that I can have a quick bite if I need it.
  2. Recovery nutrition is SO important. Be sure to plan a meal or snack within 1-2 hours after a hard workout that has protein and carbohydrates (at a minimum).
  3. Hydrate!! Your workout will start to suffer at only 2% dehydration, so make sure that you are drinking water consistently before, during and after exercise.

Beyond your regular appointments with clients, you also do consults to review tests like food sensitivity and micronutrients. Why do you think these tests are important?

I think that so many people accept negative symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, GI upset, etc as a way of life. And it’s certainly true that most people will experience these things from time to time. However, if you are experiencing these all the time, you CAN find freedom from it. Things like food sensitivity testing and micronutrient screening are tools that we can use to find the root cause, which is the best solution to long term relief.

Nutrition is super individual, but what is the best piece of advice you can share with us about eating for health?

BALANCE! Most of the time, aim to have thoughtful meals incorporating lots of vegetables, lean protein, complex carbohydrates and a little bit of healthy fat. You can essentially adjust these key things based on your goals. At other times, have fun! Recognize that food is meant for health, but it’s also meant for community, family, celebrating, etc. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

What's your favorite part about STAT Wellness?

One of my favorite things about STAT is the mission: medicine + movement. The commitment to health for the total person is lacking in most healthcare models, but STAT goes against the grain. It’s so inspiring. Also, the people are just so supportive! It really doesn’t get much better.

Can you share 3 fun facts with us?

  1. I have a twin sister named Kelley! We are identical, but so different! If you are around us for two seconds you will notice. We don’t have any other brothers or sisters, so our only experience of a sibling is one who looks like us and shares our birthday. We don’t know any different!
  2. I was a former gymnast and can still hold a handstand for a really long time.
  3. While I did gymnastics and track growing up, but my favorite sport is football! I am reigning champion in our fantasy football league.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Italy! The food, the drink, the culture- I love it all!

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

This is a foodie’s worst question. It’s like deciding which of my children are my favorite. I adore Antico’s Bianca pizza. Give me that and a great bottle of wine, and I am set for life.