Hi, I'm Alice

Alice Figueroa (she/her)

Snapshot:

Registered Dietitian, Masters of Public Health, Award-Winning Chef, Cookbook Author, Yoga, Sports Nutrition and Eating Disorder Expertise, Meditation Teacher, 10+ Years of Experience*

Cultural Identities*: Guatemalan, Mixed Asian Ancestry

*Able to conduct counseling sessions in Spanish if preferred

  • I’ve worked for a decade conducting public health advocacy and supporting patients and clients to improve metabolic, endocrinological, HIV nutrition, cardiovascular health. My mission is to empower you to find food freedom, ditch chronic dieting, and heal your relationship with your body. Through the practices of mindful nutrition and intuitive eating, I’m dedicated to supporting you in the management of prediabetes, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, and gastrointestinal disorders.  

  • My passion is to promote universal access to nutrition support, healthcare, and wholesome foods for all segments of society. I am particularly committed to bringing culturally-rich and culturally-humble nutrition support to BIPOC women healing from disordered eating and eating disorders. 

  • As a health journalist, I serve as a nutrition expert and columnist in leading publications including Time, The New York Times, Health, EatingWell, Shape, Real Simple, and EveryDay Health among others. I also write a nutrition blog at www.AliceInFoodieland.com, a place where the community can explore science-based nutrition articles and delicious, health-supportive recipes.

  • My cookbooks, “The Prediabetes Diet Plan and Reversal Guide: Control Your Blood Sugar and Reclaim Your Health” and “The Renal Diet Cookbook for Caregivers” will be published in the spring of 2021. 

  • As the Duke Center for International Development Malnutrition Research Fellow with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, I conducted research to address malnutrition and stunting in underserved indigenous populations in Central America. I also created the first national mapping of malnutrition services in Guatemala in partnership with national and international stakeholders.

  • Throughout my career, I’ve conducted health research and developed bilingual nutrition education programs for underserved communities in Guatemala, South Africa, Brooklyn, Harlem, and the Bronx.

  • I am also an award-winning Natural Foods Chef recognized with a James Beard Foundation National Scholar Award and The Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners Tony May Award. 

  • To nurture my love for food, I participated in an NYU Food and Nutrition Studies Program in Italy.  While in Italy, I visited artisan vineyards, olive oil and balsamic vinegar producers, pasta artists, and delicious organic farms. 

 

 

 

 

CREDENTIALS

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD, RDN) 

Master of Public Health (MPH) 

Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN)

Certified Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach

300-hour Certified Jivamukti Yoga and Meditation Teacher

Natural Foods Chef

PUBLICATIONS

“The Prediabetes Diet Plan and Reversal Guide: Control Your Blood Sugar and Reclaim Your Health” (Spring 2021) 

“The Renal Diet Cookbook for Caregivers”  (Summer 2021)

Nutrition in Clinical Practice: A Comprehensive, Evidence-Based Manual for the Practitioner by Dr. David Katz, Chapter on Macronutrient Substitutes (2021)

EDUCATION

Master of International and Community Public Health (MPH) and Didactic Program in Dietetics

New York University

Dietetic Internship/Residency

Queens College City University of New York

Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and International Relations 

Tulane University

300-hour Certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher,

Jivamukti Yoga School

Natural Foods Chef

Natural Gourmet Institute, September 2018

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 

New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

ADVANCED TRAINING

Certified Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Training

Measurement, Design, and Analysis Methods for Health Outcomes Research Certificate, Harvard University

A Systems Approach to Food Access Certificate               United Nations World Food Programme and NYU College of Global Public Health

Treating Binge Eating Disorder Through a Trauma-Informed Lens

Weight-Neutral Lifestyle Approaches for Health Enhancement

Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary Science

Eating Disorder Among Athletes

Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S)

Nutrition and Sports Injury

Recovery Sports Nutrition

Foundation of Ayurveda I and II, 2021

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