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Debra Boutin A.

Dietitian Nutritionist

Integrative RDN

Integrative RDN

Background Information

Employment History

Department Chair and Dietetic Internship Director
Bastyr University

Chair of Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science
Bastyr University

Dietetic Internship Director and A Member of the Core Faculty
Bastyr University

Nutrition Clinic Coordinator
Bastyr Center for Natural Health

Coordinator of Nutrition Services
Bastyr Center for Natural Health



Bowling Green State University

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Free Webinar: Becoming an Integrative Dietitian Nutritionist: Aligning Perspectives in Philosophy and Practice presented by Debra A Boutin, MS, RDN,...

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According to dietician Debra Boutin, R.D., who wrote the article, "Mindful Eating" The First Step to True Nourishment" for the November issue of MASSAGE Magazine, "To succeed as a massage therapist means living your best life as a human being. Mindful eating is one way to practice self-nourishment and live life with a greater degree of fitness."

And new research indicates that eating mindfully, or consuming food in response to physical cues of hunger and fullness, is just as effective as adhering to nutrition-based guidelines in reducing weight and blood sugar levels in adults with Type 2 diabetes
Boutin, who is chair of the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University, offers the following mindful-eating steps:

Seattle Woman Magazine: Nutrition for a New Age

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Debra Boutin, MS, RD, CD at Bastyr University, says the last 50 years have brought about a total change in the way we approach food - from the point of production to refrigeration, delivery and even preparation. "We're seeing huge changes in not only the way people eat but how and what they eat," she explains. "Food is so accessible, so available; many of us rarely eat when we're physically hungry."

Boutin is in a unique position to make such statements. As the Dietetic Internship Director and a member of the core faculty at Bastyr, she oversees the educational programs of nutritionists and naturopaths who learn and teach the healthy relationship that should exist between us and our food. It's a tough sell for many of the clients she advises at Bastyr, most of whom are women. "My biggest concern is the way in which society views time as such an expendable commodity. Women have so many responsibilities, so many roles - they simple don't have time to nourish themselves," says Boutin.
Incorporating whole foods into the diet is the most optimal eating plan advises Boutin; less processing means more nutrients and increased satisfaction.
Both Simon and Boutin agree that there are many eating plans available to us; some more healthy than others.
Boutin believes the theory behind the plan offers a way to help women become more aware of their food choices and how and when they eat. She frequently asks her clients who use this plan how closely they follow the diet.
Both Simon and Boutin maintain that a diet of whole foods, including a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods, works best for all women regardless of blood type.
Boutin explains that Five Element Cooking is very complex and is steeped in a spiritual tradition that is thousands of years old. She suggests securing the assistance of a licensed acupuncturist before beginning an eating plan based on Five Element Cooking.
"This plan asks us to take the time to discover why we're eating," Boutin explains. "We've become a society of unconscious eaters. Simon and Boutin agree that this eating plan offers a more positive relationship to not only food, but hunger.
"That's a major learning curve," says Boutin.

Debra A. Boutin, MS, RD | Bastyr Center for Natural Health

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Nutrition Providers | Debra A. Boutin, MS, RD

Debra A. Boutin, MS, RD
Debra Boutin is the nutrition clinic coordinator at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health and a core faculty member at the School of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University.She has fifteen years experience in her field and takes special interest in geriatric nutrition, diabetes management, and cardiac disease.
Ms. Boutin is a member of the American Dietetic Association, the Washington State Dietetic Association, and the Greater Seattle Dietetic Association Speaker's Bureau.She received her MS in nutrition at Case Western Reserve University in 1990 and her BS in dietetics from Bowling Green State University in 1988.

That’s a keeper

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According to Swift and Boutin, anything with hydrogenated oils, also called trans fats, is bad for the heart.

Soda. "Soda pop is an empty-calorie food with no nutritional value whatsoever," says Boutin.
To get the lowdown on the healthiest and most versatile must-have foods, we went to two top nutritionists: Debra A. Boutin, MS, RD, coordinator of nutrition services at Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle, and Kathie Swift, RD, nutritionist for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C.
Apples and pears contain pectin, which helps reduce cholesterol, says Boutin.
"People get a bit paranoid because nuts are high in fat, but studies have shown that eating a handful of raw walnuts at a time will not increase weight," says Boutin.

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