Cathy Leman’s Cherry Blueberry Crumble
This month I want to highlight Cathy Leman MA, RD, LD Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Personal Trainer and founder of DAM. Mad. About Breast Cancer.
Cathy always likes to have a little “sweet bite” after dinner. Often she’ll have dark chocolate, but what Cathy really loves is a mixed fruit crumble. Crumbles are such cozy desserts. She bakes them any time of year – using whatever fruits are in season. Cathy loves how a crumble isn’t full of empty calories (that’s the RD in her talking), and it works for breakfast or a snack, and tastes good warm, cold or at room temperature. Cathy loves versatility and her tips and every recipe are so darn practical and easy. That is what I love about Cathy! This recipe prep will easily come together in 15 minutes or less. All you have to do is wait 30 minutes for delicious to hit your sweet tooth!
Who is Cathy Leman?
I’m a registered dietitian, certified personal trainer and the founder of DAM. MAD. About Breast Cancer, an initiative that provides evidence-based nutrition, fitness and wellness resources to women who are newly diagnosed. I also blog and speak widely on the topics of breast cancer prehabilitation (prehab), inspiration, self-care and the practical integration of nutrition, fitness and wellness practices in the breast cancer community.
What is your typical day like?
I’m up at 4:15 to practice what I call “coffee and contemplation” before heading to the gym. I’m at my office between 9:00 – 9:30, and depending on the day I’ll see one-on-one clients, work on my blog or dive into any number of projects I have going on. I may be interviewed for a podcast, craft a guest blog post, or speak to nutrition students about the career of dietetics – my days are rarely the same!
How do you savor and enjoy life?
I’m a breast cancer survivor. There is nothing about life that I don’t savor and enjoy – well, except maybe my business bookkeeping – but here’s the thing; I savored and enjoyed life before my diagnosis. I’d call it heightened savoring and enjoyment now, since I’ve had first-hand experience with the adage “Your life can change in an instant.” I don’t want to have any regrets.
Anything special you do to reset your energy?
What is your empowering belief that gets you back in motion again?
That my purpose in life is bigger than any setback and I must work daily to fulfill it.
Why did you become a registered dietitian?
I’m a second-career RD. I didn’t go to college out of high school and decided to pursue a degree later on. Nutrition had long fascinated me, and I’d always been interested in fitness and healthy eating, so it just made sense. I knew I didn’t want the nutrition degree only, and that I wanted to start a nutrition business – ideally a private practice – so I pursued my RD credentials to have the most opportunities.
What is your advice for someone that wants to get into this field?
Join us! Nutrition is an amazing field to work in. Don’t doubt your abilities; you can always overcome your weaknesses. I work in the fitness field and have had numerous personal trainers tell me they’d love to become an RD. When I ask what stops them, they always say “It seems too hard, I’m afraid of the science.” Well, so was I, but I got tutors and worked doubly hard – you can earn whatever it is you dream of.
Take the next small step!
What is your theme for the year and why?
“Take the next small step.” Because I want to build DAM. MAD. About Breast Cancer into the number one nutrition, fitness and wellness resource for women who are newly diagnosed. That can feel like an overwhelmingly enormous goal, so I just focus on the next step I can take.
How do you help dietitians?
I serve as a resource for non-oncology RD’s who need breast cancer nutrition and fitness information for their patients, and I work with oncology dietitians as a “lifestyle” dietitian, lending my expertise in weight management, disordered eating, eating disorders and the psychology of nutrition and self-care to support their patient population. I also have a goal of creating resources for oncology RD’s that educate and inform on the topics I’m experienced in; there aren’t enough oncology RD’s to serve the cancer population, and there’s a need for credible education tools.
What is on your bucket list? What have you already done?
No offense, but I don’t use that term (you know why!). However, I do have many things on my “want to experience” list. I’d love to live in Europe for 12-16 months, working and traveling from a home base.
In May of this year my husband and I spent two weeks in Ireland, which served to completely reinforce that goal!
How do you want to be remembered?
As a reluctant, yet 100% willing participant who blended her voice, professional expertise and personal experience into a trustworthy platform for education, information and inspiration that serves the global breast cancer community.
I love Cathy’s practical “how to nutrition approach” for breast cancer. As a “helper of others” for years she knows that busy people don’t have time to research and look for answers!
Her Breast Cancer Nutrition 101 Audio program, workbook and 10 Plant-based Recipes Collection for women newly diagnosed. Breast Cancer Nutrition 101 is a get started guide that explains the role of nutrition in potentially reducing risk of recurrence, how nutrition helps those newly diagnosed, the impact of nutrition at the cellular level (explained in a non-sciency way), foods to eat, foods to avoid and why, and how to create a customized breast cancer diet. Here’s the link.
Stay tuned for her podcast!
Cathy and I can’t wait to hear what you do for your sweet tooth at the end of a meal?
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