Author:

Kristi Veltkamp

Kristi is one of the Outpatient Dietitians at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital. She did her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and then went on to complete her Master’s degree and dietetic internship at Northern Illinois University. Kristi’s interest in nutrition sparked while competing in basketball as a collegiate athlete. She is always seeking new ways to fuel the body, mind, and soul to be at its best. Her job includes a wide variety of responsibilities, including outpatient nutrition counseling (with special interest in sports nutrition), teaching an Intuitive Eating class, and providing nutrition education for patients in the hospital. She can usually be found playing or watching sports, out in the sun, or inside reading or crafting. When asked what she eats, Kristi states “Whatever I want to eat. There are no diets. Just eating food the way we were made to eat it”.

Kristi Veltkamp

Posts from Kristi Veltkamp

The vicious cycle: Sugar, processed foods

Want to end those relentless cravings for all things sweet and salty? Bring on the protein, fiber and healthy fats.

The superfoods of fall

Autumn has arrived, bringing with it the bounty of the harvest season.

Meals on the run

A dietitian offers up a scrumptious list of fast and healthy foods—and you can make all of them at home.

Stressed? Beware the scale

You can't change your body's biological response to stressors, but you can change your behaviors.

Fuel your fitness with whole foods

On the hunt for something to boost energy, build muscle or increase your athletic performance? You can't go wrong with natural foods.

The magic of herbs

Don't miss these flavorful, powerful antioxidants. Our 7 easy tips show you how to make the most of your herb garden.

Picnics, potlucks and … pathogens?

Safe food preparation and smart handling can help your family avoid foodborne illness at summer outings.

Top 10 food ingredients to avoid

Some on the list might surprise you.

Navigating the yogurt aisle

Mankind has complicated this centuries-old favorite. A few practical guidelines can help you simplify your yogurt expedition.

Chocolate: Friend or foe?

Enjoy this lovely treat in moderation, and your brain and heart might thank you for it.

Don’t let the weight gain Grinch get you

A dietitian explains how little decisions can make a big difference when you’re surrounded by mounds of sweets and savories.

Power your diet with plants

What do Anne Hathaway, Bill Clinton, Natalie Portman and Paul McCartney have in common? They don't eat meat.

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