Margot Witteveen, MS, RDN, LD

 

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Integrative and Functional Nutrition + Content Creator

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 Margot Witteveen | Atlanta, GA | margot@silverspoonsnutrition.co

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January 11, 2017

Among my clients, I have noticed some common chatter- stress eating. This is something that a lot of us struggle with. However, in order to figure out how to combat stress eating, we first must understand the science of stress and how it affects our body.

When we experience stress, no matter the reason, our body reacts in a certain way. Cortisol is released to give you extra energy. It releases blood sugar and puts your immune system into overdrive, which is a good thing - until it becomes chronic. When you are chronically stressed, your body is in a state of low-level inflammation. Cortisol affects your hunger cues and makes you crave those quick energy carbs. Cortisol isn’t a bad guy, per se, it tells you to eat more because it is focused on survival not deadlines. However, chronic stress leads something I call “stress weight gain” and tends to show up in the abdominal region. Excess abdominal weight is more metabolically active- meaning, it puts you at higher risk for type II diabete...

June 10, 2016

“Chronic Inflammation” has been a buzz term for the past several years. This type of inflammation is often the villain behind obesity, type II diabetes, heart disease and even Alzheimer’s. However, inflammation isn’t all bad. It’s quite a paradox, actually.

A certain amount of inflammation is needed to fight an injury or infection within the body, but at the same time, the body often doesn’t know when to pull the troops back. The result? A chronically inflamed state.

Living in a state of chronic inflammation negatively affects our gut health, which is vital to keeping us well and balanced. In fact, according to Ayurvedic medicine (Indian philosophy of medicine) the measure of one’s health can be based solely on their digestive health. And, as a practitioner of integrative functional nutrition- I have to agree!

No matter how “healthy” one’s diet or lifestyle may be- we all suffer from inflammation on some level. It can come from stress, lifestyle, smoking, too much exercise, our environmen...

June 3, 2016

If you read my last post, you know I was gushing about how much I love basil. Well, my love affair continues and basil is a big part of this recipe, too! This time though, I took it up a notch and added it to paletas.

So, what exactly is paleta? These delicious frozen treats are actually Mexican ice pops-- a version of the American popsicle. Paletas are typically made by hand, containing fresh fruit and/or dairy. Traditional paletas may contain ingredients like pineapple, jicama, cucumber, mango, watermelon, lemon and….if you like it spicy….cayenne pepper!

The weather is heating up outside, so it was the perfect time to attempt my hand at homemade paletas! And, according to how fast my family devoured them, I’d say it was a success! For this recipe, I used coconut milk, homegrown basil and strawberries. The result is nothing short of a party in your mouth! BONUS- I got to involve my kids in the cooking process- which I love to do any chance I get! These Silver Spoons paletas were fun and...

May 27, 2016

It’s always a toss up whether it’s the end of school or Memorial Day weekend that signifies the official kick off of summer. Regardless-- SUMMER. IS. HERE. ((Cue: Exhale)).

 

When I think of long, warm days, I think of tomatoes, berries, peppers, and fresh peaches. Summer also means I get to spend more time in my garden. Every year, I plant tomatoes, peppers, varieties of basil, eggplant and, this year, I added lavender.

 

My favorite of these plants is basil. I throw basil into everything. From popsicles to salads, dressings to marinades. I even put bunches of fresh basil bouquets on my dining room table for decoration and to provide a welcoming fragrance. I can’t get enough!

Many of you will be hosting or attending an outdoor party this Memorial Day weekend and I wanted to share my go-to BBQ party dish, Bean + Lemon Basil Vinaigrette Salad. When I dreamed up this dish, I used my garden for inspiration and I knew basil would be my star ingredient.

 

I know a bean salad sounds so boring but w...

May 10, 2016

Congratulations! You’ve made it! Baby is here and you’re finally on the “other side”.  Whether this is your first or fifth pregnancy, you’re probably craving a little balance now that your new babe has arrived. The postpartum period officially ends around 8 weeks after delivery, but for most mama’s this period seems to stretch on much longer. The postpartum period is filled with many physical and emotional highs and lows and figuring out how to navigate it all while meeting the many demands of a newborn can feel overwhelming. To find balance, a postpartum mother (any mother for that matter!) needs to take care of herself by getting rest, appropriate nutrition, and help during those first months.

Tips For Achieving Balance

Rest!

Your new baby will not be on a predictable sleep/wake cycle for some time. As the old adage goes, sleep when the baby sleeps - everything else can wait. For you nursing mommies, once your breastfeeding is established (around 3 weeks) you can consider introducing a...

May 6, 2016

Among my clients, I have noticed some common chatter- stress eating. This is something that a lot of us struggle with. However, in order to figure out how to combat stress eating, we first must understand the science of stress and how it affects our body.

 

When we experience stress, no matter the reason, our body reacts in a certain way. Cortisol is released to give you extra energy. It releases blood sugar and puts your immune system into overdrive, which is a good thing - until it becomes chronic. When you are chronically stressed, your body is in a state of low-level inflammation. Cortisol affects your hunger cues and makes you crave those quick energy carbs. Cortisol isn’t a bad guy, per se, it tells you to eat more because it is focused on survival not deadlines. However, chronic stress leads something I call “stress weight gain” and tends to show up in the abdominal region. Excess abdominal weight is more metabolically active- meaning, it puts you at higher risk for type II diabet...

April 29, 2016

An Interview with Honeysuckle Gelato

 

My love affair with gelato began years ago. Years. Its creamy, silky, smooth texture with offerings like pistachio or watermelon I find completely irresistible. Gelato, which many consider the Italian cousin to traditional ice cream, has an elasticity and fluidity you won’t find in your local parlor. Enter, Honeysuckle Gelato, an Atlanta-based company that started with a food truck but now you can find at Ponce City Market and grocers across the region! Read more about their journey below!

 

 

1. If you could describe Honeysuckle Gelato's food philosophy in one sentence it would be....

 

Our goal is to combine the rich and smooth texture of gelato with the decadent flavors and desserts of the South while using the finest and freshest ingredients.

 

2. What is most important to your product (i.e. quality, whole foods)?

 

Providing a high quality product is by far our main goal here at Honeysuckle Gelato. We get fresh local dairy delivered twice a week by our...

April 15, 2016

The run of the mill spring vegetable recipe really gets kicked up a notch when I get my hands on some black garlic! Used regularly in Asian cuisine, black garlic has been rising in popularity among gastronomic circles for the past several years. You won’t find black garlic in regular grocery stores but the payoff is worth the scavenger hunt if you can find it! For those in the Atlanta area, you can find it at your local Whole Foods market.

What is it?

To create black garlic, regular garlic bulbs are aged under strict environmental conditions- specifically controlled heat and humidity- for several weeks. The cloves turn inky black and develop a fig-like sticky texture. The taste? Amazingly different! Black garlic contains subtleties of balsamic vinegar, caramel and molasses, combined with an earthy flavor. And, it lacks the typical garlic punch (for those of you that don’t enjoy that punch and might want to gloss over this blog post).  

 

How to use it?

Use black garlic as you would roasted...

April 8, 2016

The changing of seasons signifies a fresh start and a change to set your intention. In the spirit of fall, let’s discuss creating space for new routines, rituals, and habits. As an integrative RDN, I like to focus on self care and establishing habits that are essential for overall well-being. Morning routines are no exception! The days we wake up feeling frazzled and rushed can set the rest of our day up for disaster. During goal setting sessions with my clients, we discuss their morning practice (or lack thereof). The discussion goes beyond waking up, making coffee/tea and eating breakfast. For my clients with kids, the conversation goes wayyyyyy deeper. Because- when you have little ones in the house- morning routines take on a whole new meaning. {can I get an amen?!}

So, what exactly is a morning practice? It can be as simple or as involved as you want it to be. The morning practice allows you to warm up the mind and body. The idea is to create a buffer between waking and starting yo...

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Founder of Silver Spoons Nutrition, Margot holds a master's of science in nutrition and is a Licensed Registered Dietitian.

Currently, Margot is in training with IFNA for board certification for Integrative and Functional Nutrition. With over 10 years experience, Margot gets to the "root cause" of systems imbalance.  She uses science based evidence along with the art of healthy living.

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