Rosanne Rust MS RD LDN
I grew up in an Italian family where food was the focus of many joyful and special occasions. There was an abundance of fresh food. As a child, I “helped” my dad start the vegetable garden each spring. By mid summer we ate fresh vegetables every night, and my mother froze fresh-picked broccoli to eat for Thanksgiving dinner. Even though we lived in the Northeast, we always had a huge summer garden and orchard. As a child, I climbed cherry trees, picked sickel pears, peaches and plums. How fun was it to climb a tree, have a bird’s eye view of the landscape, and eat a freshly picked snack!? How my grandparents kept those fruit trees so strong and healthy, I still have no idea (my fruit trees aren’t doing as well...), but it offered me variety in my diet and taught me that food should be respected, nurtured and enjoyed, and so should life!
My interest in food took a different path when I was diagnosed with food allergies as a pre-teen. By the time I got to college, they were under control, but this led me to a career in dietetics. I realized what a connection my diet had to my health. I have both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in clinical nutrition, and have worked for 20 years as a registered dietitian, counseling, teaching, speaking and writing about good nutrition.
I again became aware of how my diet is linked to my health and well being when I turned 40. Turning 40 brings many things to light, such as, “Gee, I can’t get away with exercising erratically and eating dessert any time I want!” It also poses an important question: “What’s really important in my life?” To answer the latter, I had to figure out how to find balance.
As you get older, your body changes and your responsibilities often grow. This means dealing with a shift in your metabolism and a demand for new ways to cope with the stresses of daily life. Whether it’s kids, elderly parents, your health, or work, you have to find a way to balance things. This can be a challenge! Finding "me time" is one of the most important steps to living a balanced life.
What does “me time” have to do with weight control? Exercise and relaxation require some “me time”. I exercise at least 3-4 times every week to ensure I can maintain a healthy weight, keep my blood cholesterol in check, and control stress.
I not only exercise for the stress reduction and health benefits; I do it because I love to eat! Eating is an enjoyable part of my life. I firmly believe in enjoying every aspect of food, from it’s procurement, to it’s preparation, and finally to its consumption.
I like to encourage people to eat well for the right reasons. Eating well isn’t just good for your figure; it’s good for your mind, body and spirit! I don’t believe in depriving yourself of foods that you love, but I do believe in feeding the body well and always being open to trying new foods.
I’m looking forward to helping you achieve your weight management goals, feel better and stay healthier!
Fun Facts About Me
- I love the outdoors. I ski, snowboard, bicycle, run, and walk outside all year round. I learned to snowboard at age 41 when my sons took lessons. I’ve never been so sore in my entire life as I was on day 2 of snowboard lessons.
- I enjoy gardening (except for those darn weeds).
- I use yoga to clear my head.
- I like to try new things, even if they’re scary (like snowboarding at 41).
- I can’t decide which I love more: the ocean or the mountains!
- I love sitting on my front porch in the springtime to read or just sit.
- I love to go out dancing. It’s a good calorie burn and a great stress-buster!
- I enjoy cooking, especially for a crowd. Nothing says, “I care about you”, more than a well-thought meal. Simple meals are my favorite to prepare and often the most enjoyed. I love big family gatherings.
- The dining room is my favorite room in the house!
This program has been a godsend for me. I have dropped 12.5 pounds since starting. I feel better, have more energy, sleep more soundly and look better in my clothes. I am exercising more consistently and making far healthier food choices.
Rosanne Rust has been wonderful. She has given me the support and encouragement that I needed to keep going to get this far. Her responses have been prompt and extremely knowledgeable.
I can't thank you enough for this wonderful program!
Follow Up Testimonial
The Real Living Nutrition program has been a godsend for me. It has been a year since I started the program and I have lost a total of 39 pounds and have been maintaining my weight over the past few months. This program has helped me to recognize that I sometimes eat for reasons other than hunger and now I stop and ask myself if I'm really hungry or if something is bothering me. It has also inspired me to maintain an exercise regimen which is helping me to maintain the weight loss. I would highly recommend this program for anyone who is seriously interested in improving their health and the quality of their life!
~ Karen K.
When I signed up for the Balance Program, my goal wasn’t just weight loss, but building healthy food habits. I didn’t want to “go on a diet,” but instead, I wanted to change some bad habits and hopefully lose some weight along the way. Rosanne Rust and the Balance Program fulfilled both of these goals for me. The “diet make over” portion of the program made me realize that I had a lot of good habits, but like many things, there was room for improvement and change. With a relaxed yet focused approach, Rosanne helped me make those changes in little steps. Because it wasn’t a drastic overhaul of my lifestyle I was able to easily incorporate these changes into my daily habits.
As a busy mother of three young children, I never felt pressured by either Rosanne or the Balance Program; it never felt like another thing on my “to do” list. In the end, not only did I benefit from everything that I learned and the changes that I made, so did my family. It was well worth the effort!
Heather, Meadville, PA
Healthy New Year's Tips: Watch Rosanne on WSEE news.
Hit the link below and follow these instructions:
- go to "browse videos" in the center of the page
- choose "the insider" from the drop down menu
- and find the title in the second row: Get Healthy in 2008 .
See video here
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Code #: 3003
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