Hi! I’m Rahaf.
I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Diabetes Educator. I’m the gal behind Olive Tree Nutrition, which is my private practice and blog. It is inspired by my Mediterranean Middle Eastern roots and the Mediterranean Eating Pattern (hence the name Olive Tree Nutrition). A few things about me: I love food, lattes, nature, photography, traveling, and helping people fall in love with healthy eating and well-being!
I help women at risk for or with diabetes get control of blood sugars and find joy and peace in eating without the diets or deprivation. I love working with women who have busy lives and families and want realistic, sustainable solutions that work!
My Story and Philosophy
Diabetes is everywhere. You probably know of at least one person that has diabetes. And I’m no exception; diabetes has affected my family. As someone who is at increased risk for diabetes I’m on the road to diabetes prevention as well! I’ve worked with people with diabetes for many years and I often hear from them “I didn’t know that!” or “I wish I’ve made changes earlier!” I have made it my mission to raise awareness about diabetes and help women control blood sugars while finding peace and joy in eating.
My philosophy is simple: ditch all diets, eat foods that nourish your body, eat more plants, cook more, and take one extra step each day towards wellness.
I’m a believer of balance in everything we do and that includes nutrition. My non-diet approach to counseling has helped many people embrace a lifestyle change and feel their very best. My practice is guided by intuitive eating and developing a healthy relationship with food. I’m not a fan of dieting, calorie counting, or meal plans. I believe in working together to find an individualistic plan that fits within your lifestyle, schedule and goals.
Why Olive Tree Nutrition?
Olive Tree Nutrition is inspired by the Mediterranean diet and eating pattern. Growing up in a Middle Eastern household there was no shortage of olives and olive oil. Our main meals centered around vegetables. Over and over again the Mediterranean diet has been shown to have numerous health benefits especially for diabetes prevention. This eating pattern also focuses on social connectedness and enjoying food, which is a component of my mindful eating coaching philosophy.
The olive tree is a symbol of courage, strength, perseverance and health. The roots of the olive tree represent the foundation of our health; food, water, and self-care are nourishment; and branches are the different paths we each take on our journey to health. We all need the courage and perseverance to take charge of our health and produce the abundance of fruit for years to come.
Education and Credentials
- BASc in Food and Nutrition from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
- Dietetic Internship from University Health Network, Toronto, Canada
- Registered Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration
- Certified Diabetes Educator, Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board
- Licensed Dietitian, State of Georgia
Professional Organizations and Leadership
- Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2017-2020
- Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Member of the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Member of Dietitian Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group
- Member of Diabetes Care and Education Dietetic Practice Group
Now About You!
I work with women who are tired of following diets and are confused about what to eat to manage blood sugars. They are ready to reverse prediabetes, take charge of their diabetes, or prevent diabetes once and for all! They are committed to their health and want to find joy in eating and wellness. They would like to make a real lifestyle change and are looking for support and guidance to reach their goals that work for their unique schedule. They are busy women with families and want realistic solutions that work!