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Kristi Veltkamp

Kristi is one of the outpatient dietitians in Spectrum Health’s Nutrition Services. 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. Her job includes a wide variety of responsibilities, including 1:1 outpatient nutrition counseling (specializing in sports nutrition and weight management), teaching nutrition classes, and media opportunities. She can usually be found outside biking, or inside reading or catching up on favorite shows. When asked what she eats, Kristi states “Real whole foods with 80% good and 20% fun. There are no diets. Just eating food the way we were made to eat it”.

Kristi Veltkamp

Posts from Kristi Veltkamp

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.

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.

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.

Navigating seafood

If your foray into the Mediterranean diet feels like a wild fishing expedition, it's time to re-map your strategy with these 7 fish tips.

8 smart cooking swaps from a dietitian

But the options are endless for those seeking to pack a punch of flavor, yet lose the fat and carbs.

¿Le preocupan sus niveles de azúcar en la sangre? Entonces coma alimentos bajos en índice glucémico

Comestibles bajos en este índice pueden mantener sus niveles bajos y podrían incluso garantizarle pérdida de peso.

Blood sugar worries? Aim for low-glycemic foods

Items low on the index can keep levels in check and ensure long-term payoff in weight loss.

Hot flashes? There’s something to soy

The isoflavone content in these food products may help alleviate symptoms of menopause.