A Hello from the Co-op Nutrition Specialist

It is my job to wade through the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to nutrition advice.
Hannah Brilling

News stories relating to nutrition are often met with frustration—

I thought they told me not to eat butter!
Now that’s not true?
I could have been eating butter this whole time?!
I guess I’ll just stop trying if they’re going to change their minds all the time!

Making healthy choices requires a ton of effort—from shopping and cooking to trying new things or getting the family on board. To feel that this work has been for naught is understandably disheartening. The good news? Most research seems to come back to the same core principles: Eat a variety of whole foods in moderation. Eat lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, dairy, and healthy fats (more on those later). Simple? Maybe. Easy? Definitely not.

This might be a good time to introduce myself. I was recently hired by the Co-op Food Stores as its Nutrition Specialist. It is my job to wade through the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to nutrition advice. I will attempt to highlight, debunk, or moderate what’s out there. In an age when many ailments (autoimmune and cardiovascular diseases, to name a few) do not have simple medical solutions, the field of nutrition offers exciting and sometimes unexplored possibilities for folks from all walks of life to lead happier, healthier lives.

We may make hundreds of food-related decisions each day, so why not have most of them aid us in the challenge of living well?

As consumers, the downside becomes wading through thousands of choices and scientific—or not so scientific—evidence that’s out there. 

Questions I can answer:

  1. Which foods are the healthiest?
  2. How can I cook this awesome local swiss chard?
  3. Eeeek! I just got diagnosed with _________- what can I eat now?
  4. How do I find things in this dang store? 

How to reach me:

  • By email: hannahbrilling@coopfoodstore.com
  • By phone: 603.640.6577
  • @coopnutrition (Twitter and Instagram)


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