Natalia Calzada

MS, RDN, LD

My motto – Love and be loved. I teach yoga at Speakeasy Yoga and I choose to close all of my classes with this simple phrase. I think of it as a gentle reminder to take care or yourself in order to be able to show up for and take care of those that you love. Additionally, it speaks to the fluidity of the acceptance of others and self-acceptance. It’s a beautiful thing.

My “why” – I was originally on a very different path. Much of my interest in wellness and subsequent interest in nutritional health can be attributed to yoga and my personal journey back from injury after being struck by a car. The accident left me bed-ridden for several months and unable to exercise normally as I recovered for a year, even requiring suspending my undergraduate academic pursuits. I found my way back to physical and spiritual wellness through yoga and nutrition. In the process I realized the important role what we eat plays in our overall wellbeing, yet how much misinformation exists. My goal is to empower others to take charge of their health by providing them with the current science and research on nutrition in an understandable way, ultimately creating healthy sustainable relationships with food and their bodies. 

My credentials – A Master of Science degree in Medical Dietetics from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic & Investigative Science with minor in Psychology from West Virginia University. I am a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist as well as a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Favorite indulgences: Popcorn and quality dark chocolate

Two staples always in my kitchen: Avocado and eggs

Favorite type of movement: Yoga. The combination of intentional breath with mindful movement cultivating this enhanced relationship between your mind and body. The hardest part can be showing up on your mat, but I always leave feeling better than before. Bonus: doing it in a studio where you also get to experience community.

Favorite way to spend time outside of the office: Being active in nature (hiking, backpacking, cycling, mountain biking, snowboarding, you name it), traveling (near and far), and adventuring with my beau.

Most favorite cookbook or recipe inspiration: Nutrition Stripped by McKel (Hill) Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN and Savour by Peter Gordon / Website Recipe Inspiration: Nutrition Stripped and Ambitious Kitchen

A personal touch: I love sloths. Aside from sloths just being downright adorable, I resonate with how slow and methodical they are. I also find humor in a lot of unexpected objects. For instance, the time I was laughing so hard at a tumbleweed blow across the road in Utah that I started to cry. And this ‘Up Beet’ beet that I came across in an Austin, Texas gift shop before succumbing to the same uncontrollable laughing spell. This guy now hangs in our kitchen where I get to see it (and smile) on a daily basis.