Welcome to Real You NutritionWhere the Real You is the BEST You
Madeline Basler, MS, RDN, CDN
As a chubby kid whose nickname was “Big Mad” I thought I had to diet and exercise to keep my weight at bay, which I did my entire life. I guess you could say I have been affected by diet culture, as all of us have. Not until recently through my work and experience, have I learned how we can trust our bodies to tell us what we truly need, and we can be free of counting calories, carbs, feeling guilty when we eat, and exercising to burn calories. Now, I am thankful for that experience, as it has led me to pursue my love of food, connection to my own body, health, and to others.
At an early age, I was making grape jelly from our grapevine in our yard and apple pies from the tree in our front yard (when my brothers weren’t throwing them at each other)! My love to connect to others through food has continued all through my life, and I continue to share that with my amazing husband, children, extended family, grandchildren, and friends! I love food and connection to food and health has always been a priority for me as heart disease and diabetes run in my family, and I now know that food can play an integral part in their prevention. I believe we should not deprive ourselves of what we crave, and all foods fit. I do find, however, that myself and those I counsel seem to crave the foods that help our bodies feel good and give us energy the more we eat them.
My culinary scholarships, and awards, as well as studying abroad in Italy, have provided me with exceptional educational experiences. Being involved in outreach for The Mothers of Asthmatics, has taught me about community and also provided me with great knowledge and understanding in that area. Owning my own nutrition business has allowed me the great opportunity to help others learn how to make peace with food, be realistic, and learn how to be true to themselves and become the best they can be.
I feel blessed and honored to be able to help others and share my love and knowledge of nutrition, fitness, and cooking. When I am not in the kitchen you can find me with family or friends, exercising or traveling. I love to connect to others and help them achieve a healthy and peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.