In a recent study, twenty five percent of British office workers claimed to be bored and used chocolate or coffee to cope. They also tended to use alcohol at the end of the day.
Boredom is uncomfortable. It is much more fun to be engaged in a preferred activity or spending time in good company. Food and drink provide immediate gratification. Both are relatively cheap, available 24/7, can be consumed alone or with others, and are not illegal.
SELF SOOTHING WITH FOOD AND DRINK
Businesses including entertainment, technology and law firms commonly stock roomfuls of snacks and treats, effectively coercing workers to work longer hours and right through lunch. Other workers pay for their gustatory entertainment at cafeterias, vending machines or upscale convenience stores found in high rise office buildings. Food and drink would be ideal coping mechanisms if it weren’t for those pesky side effects when you consume more than your body needs or can handle.
Ideally we eat delicious and satisfying food when we are hungry and stop when we are satisfied. This is food’s rightful place. Without hunger, entertaining ourselves with food opens Pandora’s Box.
OVER EATING, OVER DRINKING, INFLAMMATION
Eating more than we need triggers a cascade of metabolic consequences that increase inflammation. To add insult to injury, most popular snack foods contain one or more problematic ingredients known to increase makes things worse all by themselves: excessive fat–especially trans fats; refined starch, sugar and high fructose corn syrup; sodium and alcohol.
Inflammation is linked with everything from heart disease, diabetes and cancer to autoimmune disease states and Alzheimer’s. This is true whether weight is normal or excessive. People who don’t gain excessive fat weight eating poorly do not “get away with it” in the long run.
How can people step away from using refined starch, sugar, caffeine or alcohol to cope with boredom? What are your favorite ways to self soothe without using food?
Creating an approach to food that works for you –
Diets aren’t the answer. There is no one right way to eat.
Figuring out what to eat and how to navigate our incredibly abundant food supply is challenging for most people. More information doesn’t seem to be the answer. Maybe it is time to find out what approach to food works for you, than listening to one more relative, friend, or expert tell you how to eat. (MORE….)
There is more nutrition information available today than ever before, and it doesn’t seem to help people bridge the gap between knowledge and behavior. Maybe it’s time for a different strategy. Let Bonnie help you develop an approach to food that works for you.
Counseling with Bonnie is more collaboration than instruction. This is a chance to be truly heard and have your concerns and personal experiences taken into consideration. You know what you like, and what you don’t. You may know where you want to go but not how to get there. My mission is to help you develop an approach to food that works for you in the real world.
|“From personal experience, I know Bonnie is the best of the best of Registered Dietitians. She is knowledgeable about all aspects of eating disorders and frustrations, and works to help her patients discover the core of the problem to maintain long term results. Bonnie does leading edge research and applies her knowledge to resolve difficult metabolic issues for her clients. She is a supportive and active participant in working with patients and their doctors to resolve health issues. If finding the root of weight issues is your goal, then Bonnie is the person to call.”Christine D. Reiter|
BASIC NUTRITION AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
- Food and nutrition recommendations to help your body metabolize energy effectively
- Personalized food plans for the way you live and the degree of support or structure that will work for you
- Targeted work that can help develop effective self regulation and resilience, especially for those with a history of eating disorders, substance abuse, and other addictive behaviors
- Personalized assessment of metabolism and body composition
- Specific strategies to fill in the gaps of your skill set: meal planning, food shopping, food preparation, eating away from home or purchasing prepared foods.
- Insightful strategies to successfully eat “close to the earth”
MATERNAL AND CHILD NUTRITION
- Nutrition support during pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Expertise to address weight challenges, hyperglycemia and gestational diabetes (GDM)
- Key support to help parents effectively nourish and nurture infants and children, especially problem feeders and picky eaters
- Effective strategies to address nutrition needs for children with special needs including development and sensory Integration challenges
- Critical resources to help your child develop effective self regulation and resilience
- Practical and effective strategies to compliment mindful parenting with an approach to food that allows you to truly nurture and nourish your child
SPORTS AND PERFORMANCE NUTRITION
- Eating for maximum energy utilization
- Effective strategies to gain muscle and lose excess fat weight
- Instruction for proper hydration and fluid balance
- Unique feeding strategies to meet metabolic needs for different sports, environmental conditions, and specific positions or events
MEDICAL NUTRITION THERAPY FOR MEDICAL CONDITIONS
- Cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, hypertension
- Hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, pre-diabetes, type II diabetes
- Other inflammatory diseases: gout, arthritis, asthma
- Gastro-intestinal conditions: constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), spastic colon, colitis, celiac disease
- Conditions of impaired energy metabolism: chronic fatigue, impaired immune system, chronic infections, candida
Food matters. Food impacts us on many levels: physically, physiologically, mentally, emotionally, culturally and socially. When your business is about food it is important to understand food in the fullest sense.
The science of nutrition is not just about nutrient content. Nutrition embodies the full range of our food environment, from farm to plate: How our food is grown, how it is packaged and transported, what is purchased and how it is prepared and consumed. Let Bonnie help you navigate the world of food and sound nutrition to your advantage. Learn how you can cultivate and celebrate food’s rightful place in your world.
- Product Support and media representation (radio, television, webinars)
- Staff in-services and training
- Consulting and preparing copy for newsletters, brochures, periodicals, and other written media
- Book authorship, chapter writing, editing
|“It was a pleasure being a speaker at Bonnie’s Fall 2003 conference at UCLA. What impressed me most about Bonnie was her understanding and command of the scientific literature as well as her capacity to communicate this knowledge to her audience in a clear, understandable yet fascinating fashion. Bonnie has a passion, knowledge and intelligence that characterizes her work and dedication to her clients. It appears that Bonnie has been about ten years ahead of her field and that is quite impressive.”Janis V. Goldman, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA School of Medicine and Clinical Associate, Psychoanalytic Center of California
Past and Current Clients
Clippers Professional Basketball Team
Dudell and Associates
Junior’s Restaurant, Westwood
Kathy Smith Lifestyles
Montebello Unified School District
Porter Novelli/ McDonald’s Owner Operators of Southern California (MOASC)
Rick Johnson PR
The Bagel Factory, Los Angeles
Nutrition science is a young and dynamic discipline. New information is available everywhere, but often without a sense of what it means and how to use it effectively. Too often nutrition news is translated into sound bites instead of sound advice.
Each presentation, every workshop is designed to provide participants with insight and perspective to help you weave nutrition science into the art of eating well. Our food supply is abundant and can be highly adulterated. It is more important than ever for each of us to cultivate an approach to food that works.
Bonnie has presented to a wide range of lay and professional groups. Presentations are personalized and designed to connect, educate, problem solve, motivate and inspire.
|“Bonnie is a dynamic teacher in the newly developing field of carbohydrate metabolism and treatment. She gave a powerful lecture to a group of professionals in Santa Barbara and knocked the socks off of the whole group. I highly recommend her as a private practitioner and dynamic speaker and teacher.”Francie White MSRD
Inner Escapes Workshop Co.
CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR HEALTH and EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS
California Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA)
California School Nurse’s Organization (CSNO)
Los Angeles District School Nurses
California Hispanic Nurse’s Association
Community College Nurse’s Association
California State Meeting – American Academy of Pediatrics
Orange County Pediatricians
High Desert/Palm Springs Physician Group
Kaiser Permanente Dept of Pediatrics—Pacoima
St John’s Hospital Physician In-service
UCLA Medical Student
California Dietetic Association
Los Angeles Dietetic District
Orange County District
Pasadena/San Gabriel District
PHF-WIC Foundation dietitians and paraprofessionals
Riverside County Dietitians
Greater LA Dietetic Intern Consortium
Dietetic interns and nutrition students at local universities; CSUN, CSULB, CSUSB, Pepperdine, UCLA/Veteran’s Hospital; Cal Poly Pomona, PHF-WIC
UCLA Certificated Program for Exercise Instructors
Certified Strength and Conditioning Coaches (CSCS)
IDEA Health and Fitness Association
Professional Development—Santa Monica College Staff
Elementary, secondary teacher in-services throughout the Greater Los Angeles area
Brentwood School Wellness Program
St. John’s Therapeutic Preschool – staff in-service
COMMUNITY AND LAY PRESENTATIONS
Los Angeles County Fire Department
Southern California Edison
American Cancer Society—Westside Chapter
Federal Aviation Administration
Santa Monica’s Farmer’s Market 30th Anniversary “Good Food Fest”
Industry Hills Aquatic Club
Santa Monica College PE Department
Pepperdine University Athletic Department
NBA – Clipper’s Basketball Organization
Santa Monica College Athletic Department
Cerritos College Athletic Department
AYSO- Southern Division Conference
California Parent Teachers Association (PTA)
Parent education groups at schools throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area
St. John’s Therapeutic Preschool—parent groups
Assorted Kiwanas, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and other civic presentations
Bonnie Modugno, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian providing expert witness research and testimony in child support cases since 1998. Bonnie is the owner of More Than Food, Inc, a food and nutrition consultation business and Nutrition Works, a nutrition consultation business, located in Santa Monica, California.
For over 14 years Bonnie has provided expert witness testimony in child support cases, primarily for leading family law firms in Southern California. She plans and executes research to determine nutrition needs of dependent children and the costs of providing for those needs. Nutrition research can be specific to individual food preferences, allergies, customary food access and patterns of intake.
Bonnie Modugno earned her bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in 1979, a master’s degree in education and psychology in 1982 and is a certified lactation education (1984). She taught basic nutrition and nutrition for nursing students and exercise instructors at Santa Monica College and UCLA Extension for 15 and 12 years respectively.
Bonnie specializes in infant and child nutrition, energy metabolism, weight management and eating disorders.