Carol Cottrill

Bio

The very act of dieting is a set up for failure. 45 million Americans are on a diet right now—and as a nation we are fatter than ever before.

Dieting does more long-term harm than good by teaching us to ignore our body’s natural internal cues around eating—about hunger or fullness, taste and preference while replacing these instincts with the external dictates of a diet.

My desire to unravel this obsession was sparked by my own two-year stint with an overzealous fitness trainer who preached a low-carb regimen. What began as an innocent attempt to improve my diet and fitness level ended in unwarranted restrictive eating and extreme exercise. I didn’t know how to get off the treadmill- literally and figuratively.

As a nutritional consultant I’ve spent years studying dieting and the negative effect it has on hundreds of women. Every day in my practice a woman tells me that she can’t be trusted to make the right food choices for herself. What she really can’t trust is the dieting that required her to abandon her freedom, choice and happiness for a craze. A craze that left her heavier mentally and physically than when she started.

I’ve helped many people come to terms with the futility of fad dieting. It can be done, and while there is no silver bullet, there is a natural, tried and true approach to weight management, that dare I say is pleasurable- even decadent!

Can it be? Is this notion of living better, feeling in control of our lives and eating naturally without being subjugated to someone’s diet plan simply too good to be true?

There are many examples of people around the world whose culture supports an authentic lifestyle with the added benefit of longevity. In my book, The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management I zeroed in on the French way of eating as a case in point; the French adhere to a centuries old philosophy, a value system of reverence and respect around food and dining. And let’s not forget about the red wine, bread, cheese and pastries.

In my New York nutritional practice my specialty is weight management and unraveling the disordered eating that results from an obsession with being thin. I counsel clients who include celebrities from the worlds of fashion, music, medicine and business focusing on the ways that the modern day science in the psychology of eating- the science that relates the pleasure center of the brain to a more efficient metabolism, unites the time honored practices of cultures around the globe who eat better and live longer, happier and slimmer lives.

You’ll also find me contributing on Dr. Mehmet Oz’s interactive social Q & A platform www.sharecare.com as well as in the media speaking and writing nationally about ditching the deprivation diet, viewing exercise as play and discovering freedom and pleasure while eating real, delicious food.



Specialties:

Affiliation:

  • CNC

Location:

  • Winter Park, FL

Activity

  • Carol Cottrill - Winter Park, FL - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Carol Cottrill answered:

    Is coconut water beneficial?

    Coconut water is high in potassium and electrolytes, low in fat and cholesterol, a good source of vitamin C, riboflavin, calcium, dietary fiber, magnesium, and manganese. Coconut water also provides carbohydrates for energy and electrolytes to balance those lost through perspiration.

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  • Carol Cottrill - Winter Park, FL - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Carol Cottrill answered:

    Do fad diets work?

    Lose weight quickly and gain it all back—plus some!—and you’ve got the latest fad diet, and there have been plenty of them over the years.

    Even though deep down we know diets don’t work in the long run, we tend to repeatedly fall for quick-fix schemes. We hear the hype about a magical food combination

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  • Carol Cottrill - Winter Park, FL - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Carol Cottrill answered:

    What is a good nutritional plan to follow?

    A good nutritional plan to follow is a plan that's designed specifically for you and by you!

    A balanced and sustainable eating plan is one that takes into account your lifestyle, preferences, taste, and heritage. Add to that your gender, religious considerations, current health and activity level,...Read More
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    Glad to be friends Ximena!
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    How are you coming along Arminda..thank you for adding me as a freind. Please reach out if I can help you in any way!
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    Hi Matt! Thanks for adding me as a friend! Have a great weekend and I'm here if you need me~
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    How's are you coming along Arminda? Thank you for adding me as a friend, and let me know if I can be of help!
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    Thanks for adding me as a friend Kim! Please call on me if you need anything!
  • DOROTHY  JAMES
    Thanks, Carol! =)
  • Carol Cottrill - Winter Park, FL - Nutrition & Dietetics
    Happy to be friends..have a wonderful weekend!
  • Carol Cottrill - Winter Park, FL - Nutrition & Dietetics
    That's incredible Dorothy- you must be thrilled- sounds like you need to go shopping for new clothes! Congrats!
  • DOROTHY  JAMES
    Hi Carol! I'm doing great in regards to moving towards my goal! As of today, I've lost 117.4 lbs on Weight Watchers and have gone from a size 20 to an 8! :)
  • Kimberly " Burning It Off "
    Thank you Carol, I will. Tomorrow is my weigh in. :)