Matthew Ruscigno is a Registered Dietitian, a vegan of 15 years and a leading expert in the field of vegetarian nutrition. Matthew has a Nutritional Sciences degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Public Health Nutrition degree from Loma Linda University, as well as certification as a Registered Dietitian- the only professional nutrition credential available. In addition to working with vegetarian clients and athletes, Matthew is the Chair of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietary Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and contributed to the best-selling cookbook Appetite for Reduction with Isa Moskowitz.
Guilt is a strong emotion that plays a role in our everyday lives. It’s an emotional function that shows us the difference between our life and the life we want to live. It can lead to action, but too often I see guilt as a negative.
For example my clients tend to be ahead of the curve. They are thinking about their own diet and its effect on their health. They are eating a plant-based diet of predominantly whole grains, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables. And they are motivated to make any needed dietary changes, but yet some are plagued by guilt.