Full PortraitWho I Am – My name is Anna-Lisa Finger and I’m the owner of Running on Green.  I hold a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Education from Columbia University and I’m a Registered Dietitian, licensed in the state of Georgia (LD).  Because I believe exercise and nutrition go hand-in-hand, I’m also an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified Personal Trainer.

I provide nutrition counseling in midtown Atlanta, for individuals, couples and groups, as well as provide nutrition education classes for corporate wellness companies. When I’m not doing any of the above, I’m a freelance writer and media consultant. I’ve consulted and written for Everyday Foods, Demand Media and many other publications.

I specialize in weight loss, weight management, healthy eating, general wellness, vegetarian/vegan nutrition, heart health and sports nutrition.


My Story

In the beginning.…..Food has been a big part of my life from the start.  Both my German father and Mexican-American mother have a love for good food and cooking, which my brothers and I inherited. When you live in Europe, it’s impossible not to be exposed to different foods and cultures. For me, it was no different. With the exception of brussels sprouts, I enjoyed eating pretty much everything.

My interest in nutrition began as a teenager when my family and I moved from Düsseldorf, Germany to Lubbock, Texas.  My lifestyle drastically changed. I went from walking everywhere to driving everywhere. My food habits changed from eating three home-cooked meals a day, to eating fast food and eating more than three meals a day.  I gained weight within a few months.

I realized I had to make some changes.  To beat the Texas heat, I started walking early in the mornings. I started eating healthier and eating less.  I ate a very restricted diet and I had to learn to politely decline the numerous food offers coming from my extended family.

I tried numerous diets, low calorie, high carb, low fat and my favorite, the “Ice Cream Diet.   It was extremely low in calories but allowed one cup of ice cream.  As with all diets, they were short-lived.  My weight fluctuated throughout high school, gaining and losing weight as I was learning my new culture.

In the middle….When I started college, I discovered my passion for running.   I entered races and also started cooking healthier meals.  I finally understood what it took for me to maintain a healthy weight; exercise and healthy eating had to become part of my lifestyle and not a quick fad.

After getting my degree in Psychology, I moved from Texas to New York City.  I continued running, completed three New York City Marathons and numerous races.   My love for food was rejuvenated by the numerous inexpensive and ethnic restaurants in the City, and the availability of fresh, wholesome and delicious foods. I decided to follow my passion for food and nutrition and completed my degree in Nutrition Education at Columbia University.

Now….I live in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and daughter.  I would not call us vegetarians but rather  flexitarians or vegetarians with benefits.  We eat a mainly plant-based diet but occasionally have meat.  I have never been a big fan of meat and seem to find vegetarian recipes more interesting. I believe all foods, in moderation, can be part of a healthy lifestyle. All my recipes are made from scratch, easy to do and only require the very basic of kitchen appliances (with a few exceptions).

If you are a meat-eater I hope my recipes will inspire you to try some vegetarian recipes.  And for a healthy balance, I will  strive to include some delicious meat-friendly recipes.

I believe that real whole foods provide the body with the nourishment it needs to stay healthy and help prevent disease. Food should taste good and simpler is best!

I hope you enjoy this site and look forward to your comments!

Live well!


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