Allison Kallberg, RD, CD-N
Allison is a new board member for the CT Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She currently is on the Public Policy Committee as the State Policy Representative
What inspired you to become a RDN?
I was inspired to become an RD by how food and nutrition empowers patients to prevent and manage chronic disease.
Where do you work now and where have you worked in the past?
I am an inpatient dietitian at Waterbury Hospital. I work primarily in behavioral health and general MNT.
What is your favorite recipe/food?
My favorite food is sushi. My favorite recipe to cook at home is Ikarian Longevity stew, a wonderfully comforting and filling vegetarian bean stew packed with flavor. Try it for yourself: https://www.bluezones.com/recipe/ikarian-longevity-stew-with-black-eyed-peas-recipe/
How is food related to your culture?
With my very traditional American upbringing, the role of food in culture for me is its ability to bring people together and serve as an expression of love. My mother is a phenomenal cook who loves to feed practically everyone she knows. Many of my fondest memories are of time enjoyed with family and friends over a good homemade meal.
What is your #1 tip for improving one’s diet?
Enjoy a fruit or vegetable with every meal!
What is one item that is always in your pantry?
Trader Joe’s Mushroom and Company umami seasoning. It’s delicious on veggies, seafood, chicken, and popcorn.
What is your go -to exercise routine?
Powerlifting! It’s my favorite stress reliever and so much fun.
If stranded on island-what one food or beverage you would want an unlimited supply of?
My desert island food would be mangoes. If I’m stranded on a tropical island, I’d love to make the best of it with my favorite tropical treat.
What is the best part of your job?
I love seeing the “lightbulb” moment happen when educating a patient on their diet.
What inspired you to serve on the CT Academy board?
I was inspired by the opportunity to join a wonderful community of fellow nutrition professions and to help shape the future of our profession.
Where do you want to see the RDN/NDTR profession in 10 years?
I would like to see the RDN/NDTR profession more broadly acknowledged as an essential component of preventative healthcare
Anything else you would like to add?
Nothing I can think of.