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Helping brides look their best by Emily Jacobs Staff Writer day. Reagan, a certified health coach and nu-S tritionist based in Potomac, created Defin-ing Nutrition three years ago, and has been helping clients tackle their issues with food ever since. While Reagan works with all types of people and has clients as far away as Den-mark, Iceland and Jamaica, she specializes in bridal nutrition and recently became the premier and recommended nutritionist for David’s Bridal in Rockville. A graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, Reagan’s three-month-long program throws out the calorie counting and food measuring, and focuses on what she calls an integrative approach. You won’t find a cookie-cutter nutrition program here, as Reagan customizes each plan to fit the needs and goals of each client. “Everyone is unique and has their own personal relationship with food. ere are many things that can influence that rela-usan Beckman Reagan wants you to look and feel your best on your wedding tionship like current lifestyle, current stress level, what you ate as a child, your environ-ment, etc.,” explained Reagan. “My ap-proach looks at the food on your plate as well as all the other aspects of your life that nourish you, and what I do is develop an individualized program for each client based on their individual factors to help them reach their personal health or nutri-tion goals.” Reagan explained that she chose to name her company Defining Nutrition because she “helps clients worldwide unravel their nutri-tional story and define what works for them.” While Reagan is an expert in her field, she considers herself a lifelong learner who constantly wants to expand her knowledge of health and nutrition. Last week, Reagan completed a certificate program from Cor-nell University in plant-based nutrition, continuing to increase her depth of under-standing in all areas of the field. “I’ve always had a very strong interest in nutrition, even before I started my com-pany. is is just who I am.” Aside from her natural inclination to-wards health and nutrition, Reagan wanted to become a certified health coach to help others navigate through the multitude of information out there regarding diets and workout plans. “e way I look at it, there’s a lot of mis-information about diets and health, and there are a lot of peo-ple out there who are in pain and confused about this informa-tion,” she said. “People are trying to figure it all out, and they don’t necessarily know how and will go through cycles of diets or diet programs, and it’s frustrating for them when it doesn’t work.” Reagan added that Susan Beckman Reagan wants everyone to eat healthy. brides, “want to un-derstand how they can look and feel their best for their big day and while they may have some information about diets and exercise, they might need some guidance to reach their goals.” Reagan advised those interested in work-ing with a health coach or nutritionist to re-alize that it is going to be hard work and something you have to be ready to commit to. Additionally, it is important to realize that just as every client is different, every nutritionist is different, and has a different approach to health. “I think that people have to make the de-MORE THAN AN INVITATION. A MITZVAH. Unique JNF invitations let you plant a tree or make a contribution toward JNF’s water development projects in Israel in honor of each guest. What a perfect way to enhance your special occasion with a mitzvah, support Israel and celebrate your special day at the same time! A portion of your purchase is tax-deductible. “Our family and friends were delighted that trees were planted in Israel in their honor through JNF…” — Judy & Steve Goldberg, New York For more information visit JNF.org/invitations or call 1-800-542-8733. B8 February 23, 2012 • Washington Jewish Week Wonderful Weddings cision to work with a nutritionist based on their goals and if they are ready to commit to something new. It’s also important for people to keep an open mind and be open to an approach that they may not have tried before.” Reagan, who is also a certified yoga in-structor and owner of River Road Yoga, ex-pressed her joy for being able to help those struggling with nutrition. “In looking at this from a deeper side, I feel as a Jewish person we’re told to repair the world. Tikkun olam is something we’re called to do and when I look at myself, I think this is an area where I can help other people, it’s a gi that I was given,” she said. “I have no idea why I have such a strong in-terest and passion for nutrition, I just feel like this is my opportunity to help repair the world and help people repair their health and vitality. “If I can help people get healthy now, when they are getting ready to get married and start their own families, then I believe they will help raise future generations of healthy families. I have a unique opportu-nity to make a huge difference in the world, it’s what I was called to do.” To learn more about Reagan’s program, visit www.definingnutrition.com.
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