Angela Hermes, RD, CLT
What does a day in the life of Angela Hermes, RD, LD, CLT look like?
One thing I love about my life is that every day is different. I have three small children, so being a good mom and doing everything that entails is my most important role.
My work life is ever changing. Some days I am seeing clients for individual consultations, on others I teach classes to various groups within my community, and on some days I work as a health coach for a corporate wellness company. I also work as a freelance food and nutrition writer so many days I am writing articles. I am also responsible for most of the marketing involved at our wellness center and spend a lot of my time on this as well.
If you could give one piece of advice to a dietetic intern, or someone who is interested in becoming and RD, what would it be?
I would tell them that there will be setbacks and roadblocks along the way toward a dietetics education. However, they must not give up if this is truly their dream.
What would you consider to be the best part of your job?
I specialize in treating chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, IBS, chronic migraines, and cancer through dietary changes. The absolute best part of my job is helping people to heal from these and other chronic conditions with nutrition. I love it when someone I have been working with tells me how amazing they feel after improving their diet. There is no better feeling than knowing that I truly helped someone on their path to wellness.
If you could change one thing about the nutrition/dietetics world, what would it be?
I would like to see all RDs advocating for whole food diets and working towards supporting local farmers and fishermen at every opportunity. I think that many of us are headed in the right direction. However, I would like for the use of and advocacy for whole and locally produced foods to be the norm in the practice of dietetics.
What books have shaped you and your practice the most?
“The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods” by Michael T. Murray, JOSEPH PIZZORNO and Lara Pizzorno – I use this book as a reference all of the time. It is so well written and gives the history and nutrition information for almost every food on the planet.
“The Complete Tightwad Gazette” by Amy Dacyczyn- This book helped me to reexamine what it means to live well. Amy Dacyzczyn gives all of her inside tips on how to consume whole foods and achieve our dreams while sticking to a very tight budget. It has been a real eye opener and invaluable resource for me since I have a young family, a business, and a very tight budget.
“Becoming Vegan: The Complete Guide to Adopting a Healthy Plant-Based Diet” by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina – This is a wonderful book that was written by two vegan Dietitians. They walk the reader through a healthy transition to a plant-based diet step-by-step. Their use of the scientific evidence is wonderful. It really gives weight to the idea that a vegan diet is a healthy diet and that we don’t need to eat meat or dairy products in order to meet all of our protein and calcium needs.
“Farm City” by Novella Carpenter- I am very interested in urban farming and hope to start an urban farm in my neighborhood one day. The author of this book tells her story of raising bees, chickens, goats, and even pigs on a lot in the ghetto of Oakland. It is truly inspiring for anyone who is interested in growing their own food. Ms. Carpenter shows that we do not need many acres of land to produce enough food for a neighborhood.
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Tell us about an accomplishment you are proud of…
I am most proud of my children. They are such compassionate little beings. They are also great eaters who are very knowledgeable about nutrition and cooking. My seven-year old could teach a class on gluten-free living.
How did you end up in Portland?
This is kind of a funny story. I was born in Orlando, Florida and lived there until I was 15. Then my mom met my stepfather on the internet the first year it came out (it was called Prodigy then). He lived here at the time, so she moved us out here to live with him after they got married.
What is your favorite local Portland business and why?
I love so many local businesses which makes it difficult to choose just one. However, the one that I use most frequently and recommend to my clients is Goodness Coffee House in downtown Beaverton. It is owned by two local women who really know their food. They use local and organic ingredients as much as possible and almost everything on their menu is made from scratch. Both Eleanor and Tanja know their way around cooking for food allergies and sensitivities. So, I love to send my clients with special dietary needs over to them. My family and I suffer from multiple food sensitivities and Goodness is the only place that we can actually go and have a meal where there is something on the menu for all of us.
What’s on your bucket list?
I have not fully completed my bucket list yet. However, I really want to create an urban farm in my neighborhood where we can provide farming and cooking education to the local high school students while also providing fresh and organically grown food to the people in our neighborhood.
I would also like to visit Scotland and write a book about healing fibromyalgia and cancer through nutrition.
My most important dream though is to raise a healthy and happy family.
What is the last book you read for fun? Would you recommend this book?
Right now, I am reading “The essential urban farmer” by Novella Carpenter and Willow Rosenthal. It is a how-to guide for aspiring urban farmers. I know that many people would not find reading a how-to guide to be fun, but I love it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in growing their own food.