Meet The Nutritionist: Amanda Montalvo
What’s your educational background?
Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics
Certificate of Training in Integrative and Functional Nutrition
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner
Certificate of Training in Advanced Sports Nutrition
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
What’s your nutritional philosophy?
Nutrition and being healthy doesn’t have to be complicated. Eat real food that tastes good and is going to nourish your body and help you live a long, happy life. This will look different for everyone, and it should, since we all have specific needs at different times in our lives. It’s not always easy, but don’t let food be a stressor. Do what you can with what you have access to.
While the foods that we eat play a major role in our health, it’s important to remember that there are other hidden stressors in the body that have to be addressed in order to feel your best. You can eat the “perfect” diet, but if you are not digesting and absorbing your food properly, it won’t do you any good. This is why I recommend taking advantage of functional lab testing to identify healing opportunities. This, coupled with knowledge from our ancestors about how to eat, can help you be the best version of yourself.
Why did you become a nutritionist/RD?
I grew up eating meals my mom made from scratch and learned about the importance of eating real food at a young age. As I got older, I started to become interested in how the balance of the food we eat affects our day to day lives. I quickly learned that food can have a huge positive impact on health and even be used in place of, or in conjunction with, medicine. In college, I switched from a major in nursing to a major in nutrition, and I haven’t looked back since.
The beauty of food/nutrition is that it’s the perfect combination of art and science. We can do things like get our blood work done or our DNA tested to tell us more about how we absorb food and what the nutritional status of our body is. What’s even more amazing is that we can use different foods to fix imbalances, support health, and see real change in these scientific measurements.
How long have you been working for KBK?
Since June 2016
What’s the weirdest healthy food/beverage you love?
Celery & Ginger Juice. It’s replaced my morning coffee and is amazing for inflammation, detox, and overall energy/adrenal health.
What’s your favorite type of workout?
Gymnastics. I’ve done Crossfit for 9-plus years and will always love it, but gymnastics is a more sustainable and balanced approach to my fitness these days.
What’s your favorite non fitness/food hobby?
Being upside down and outdoors with my two dogs, Priscilla and Moose.
What’s your favorite KBK meal?
Wild Salmon Cakes
What’s the best part about working for KBK?
The food, duh! But really it’s being surrounded by people who inspire you and constantly motivate you to get out of your comfort zone, help others, and be the best version of yourself.