Nutrition at Seattle Athletic Club

According to the National Weight Registry 89% of people who have lost 30 or more pounds and kept it off for at least a year reached their goals through a combination of diet and exercise. Only 10% succeeded using diet alone and only 1% succeeded using exercise alone. So if weight loss is one of your goals, practicing proper nutrition is essential. Exercise is only one aspect of living a healthy way of life. By exercising right but not addressing nutrition you are missing a key component to healthy living. Just as our personal fitness trainers customize a workout specific to your body and fitness goals, our Nutritionist will help you understand your own specific nutritional needs and how to use this information to optimize your overall health. Members have two options at the Club for their nutritional needs; on-site nutrition with an Integrated Nutritionist and virtual nutrition with a Registered Dietitian.

What is Integrated Nutrition?

It’s not just about eating the recommended number of fruits and vegetables each day or counting calories. Instead, it looks at ways to heal the whole person through food, vitamins, minerals, and dietary and herbal supplements—working in conjunction with conventional medicine as appropriate. Some of the topics can an Integrated Nutrition session cover includes: Food-mood connection: Examine how specific foods, whole-food supplements, or both can affect depression, irritability, emotional eating, and behavior. Food cravings and addictions: Identifying food cravings and teaching clients how to respond to them is a significant component of treating the whole person philosophy. Diet trends: These can include all the different fad diets that flood the marketplace each year, such as the Paleo and raw food diets. Antioxidants and phytonutrients: While antioxidants play a role in integrative or holistic nutrition, dietitians need to dig deeper to understand the whole-body philosophy. Exploring the synergistic effect of multiple food nutrients also fits into this equation.

  • Integrated Nutrition Session ($50/30 min and $95/60 min)

Integrated Nutrition explores the idea that the proper food and diet can help heal the body physically and emotionally. Including discussions on food sustainability, food production methods, buying local food, organic vs. conventional farming practices, genetically modified foods, food marketing, and food labeling.

What can a Registered Dietition do for you?

A Registered Dietitian assesses your nutritional status and then collaborates with you to create a personalized plan to achieve your health and wellness goals.

Specifically members needing an in depth diet analysis and nutrition prescriptions, such as chronic conditions (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.), athletes/members looking to compete in athletic events, food allergies, or eating disorders/disordered eating patterns.

Nutritional Services with a Registered Dietitian:

  • Virtual Nutritional Counseling ($70/30 min and $140/60 min)

Using a virtual meeting, from the comfort of your space, our nutritionist will guide you toward a healthy nutrition lifestyle with coaching on realistic goal setting, tools to help you stay on track, and support for long-lasting success.

  • Nutrition Now – virtual accountability program ($110/month)

Using a virtual meeting, an app that makes food logging a thing of the past, simply take a picture of your meals and the RD will give you feedback about the meal that matches your weekly goals.

  • Quarterly Customized Meal Planning Workshops

Does the thought of planning meals stress you out? Let’s do it together! Meet with our nutritionist and together you will build a meal plan that works for you.

Meet our Integrated Nutritionist -  Desiree Valdovinos

Desiree Valdovinos has been with the Seattle Athletic Club family since 2012.  After completing her Bachelors of Science in Physiology at Seattle Pacific University her interest navigated from anatomy to nutrition whereby she is completing her Masters of Science in Integrative and Functional Nutrition. As a professional dancer with +21 years of experience in ballet and similar dance genres she brings an avenue of nutrition that looks at the body from a holistic approach and encompasses how the proper diet can heal the body physically and emotionally. "

"Eating whole, nutrient rich foods is an investment in you; for the body you want, the mind you want, and the life you deserve."