Elizabeth Di Biase
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Weight Management Counselor, Certified Wellness Coach
Long before I became a dietitian and wellness coach food was my passion. Growing up in an Italian home everything centered around freshly cooked, real foods. At the time I didn’t know my mother was cooking a “Mediterranean Diet” but that is what it was. Every night our family meal consisted of a broth based soup, an abundance of fresh vegetables, grains, a bit of cheese, or frittata or chicken or fish paired with a green salad dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, fruit and nuts were for dessert. I may have eaten this way at home but not when I was away.
In the early years I resented the lack of processed food missing from my childhood. I turned to unhealthy eating and promptly gained over 50 pounds, thus began my love affair with disordered eating and the latest, most popular diet. I was caught up in eating processed-sugary foods for comfort yet also wanting to stop eating to lose weight. Compounding the issue was a digestive disorder that became debilitating while in college. In 1999 my future husband (in medical school at the time) suggested I eliminate gluten. What? An Italian who doesn’t eat bread-impossible! That is until I did and felt a dramatic improvement within a few days. At that time knowledge of gluten intolerance or celiac disease was almost non-existent. I was on my own and started to eat a “naturally gluten free diet”. I focused on whole, real foods that were freshly cooked instead of pre-packed, boxed or processed.
It wasn’t until I lived in Italy for six years and began to practice yoga that I appreciated the natural rhythm of eating or what I interchangeably call “Real Food Eating” of “Slow Food Eating” –a term coincidentally coined in Italy. To me this way of eating means trusting inner hunger and fullness cues and nourishing the body with balanced whole, fresh foods or the diet similar to what Italians and Greeks ate in the 1960′s.
The more I listened to what felt right for my body (eating a mediterranean-type diet, yoga…) the more I stopped listening to dietary dogma I began to transform. My food, obsessed monkey mind began to quiet. Peace and serenity can be found when contemplating the five elements of vibrant health-Eat, Be, Do, Live, Thrive.
Vibrant health is, and always will be, a work in progress. I hope you will take the journey with me as you evolve into your rich and nourished life.
Registered and Licensed Dietitian,
Commission on Dietetic Registration
Certified Wellness Coach,
Adult Weight Management Counselor,
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Denver Dietetic Association Board Member,
Naturally Gluten Free Cooking Instructor,
Colorado Free University, Denver
Eat Like a Yogi seminar developer,
Eating Disorder Foundation, Denver
Bachelors of Science Food and Nutrition,
University of TN
Bachelors of Science Psychology,
University of TN
University Hospital, University of AZ