About


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!
Anna-Lisa

 



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