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Debra A. Boutin

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Bastyr University
14500 Juanita Drive , Ne
Kenmore , Washington 98028
United States

Company Description: Bastyr,s exquisite European-style chapel was created with the highest quality workmanship of its time (1958), and continues to radiate the devotion with which it...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • RD


  • master's degree , nutrition
    Case Western Reserve University
  • bachelor's degree , dietetics
    Bowling Green State University
  • MS
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"In the profession of dietetics, this ..., 12 Mar 2014 [cached]
"In the profession of dietetics, this award is like a big red neon arrow that points and says this person will be a major contributor and leader in the profession of nutrition and dietetics," said Debra Boutin, chair of the Bastyr University Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science.
Faculty: Nutrition & Health Conference, 22 May 2013 [cached]
Debra Boutin, MS, RD, CD Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science, Dietetic Internship Director, Bastyr University
Seattle Woman Magazine: Nutrition for a New Age, 1 Nov 2010 [cached]
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.
It’s helpful to identify everyone’s ..., 12 April 2011 [cached]
It’s helpful to identify everyone’s “good food motivators,†says Debra A. Boutin, MS, RD, clinic nutrition coordinator at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle. “For a 3-year-old, it may be to grow tall.
“Help your family recognize physical hunger as separate from emotional needs,†advises Boutin. One easy way to thwart your good efforts is allowing your child to eat regular meals in front of the television! Studies show that, while watching television, children exhibit very little brain activity, allowing for mindless eating â€" literally. In order to recognize fullness, the brain must be engaged, telling the stomach, in a sense, that it’s time to stop eating. According to Boutin, establishing regular meal times and locations will ensure that “food will be used at the right times, in the right ways.â€
This can result in a bit of extra cleanup, but when children become more familiar with simple meal preparation, they learn that “healthful cooking need not be complex,†according to Boutin. For breakfast, ask your child which fresh veggies he or she would like folded into an omelet, or have them select a handful of berries from the refrigerator to top a bowl of cereal.
That’s a keeper, 8 Jan 2005 [cached]
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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