Spotlight on Ashley Koff, R.D.
Ashley Koff, R.D., keeps us on our toes. Koff, an internationally celebrated, integrative registered dietician, is one of the mainstays of our Third Annual Good Food Awards (“the Goodies”), which is appearing in the March/April issue of Natural Health, on newsstands now.
She also calls herself a “Qualitarian”—advocating choosing better quality food, free of hormones, GMOs, pesticides and synthetic ingredients whenever possible—which for our Food Awards is key. For the third year running, she not only has been a first-round screening judge, but she also comes in to taste, read labels and analyze ingredients. Which means, basically, if Ashley don’t like it, it’s not gonna get in.
And in the whole process, we (editors) learn more and more about how to read labels and make healthier choices, too. We learn to look for whole, organic ingredients; we learn to suss out how foods were made and packaged (“Hmmm,” she’ll say, “I wonder why they didn’t go with organic tomatoes?” Or, “Wow, I would really love this [fill in product] if it was not in all this plastic.” Or, “Ooooo … way too much salt in this soup!”). Let’s just say that she not only keeps us on our toes, she keeps the food industry on its toes, too.
Because our goal with the Food Awards is to introduce new, delicious, healthful packaged foods to our readers (and teach them a thing or two along the way), we couldn’t do it without her. Koff is also testament to the saying, “If you want something done fast, give it to a busy person.” She frequently appears on the Dr. Oz Show, and is regularly featured in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, O!: The Oprah Magazine, Everyday with Rachel Ray, and others, including Natural Health, for which she also serves as a contributing editor. And she writes books -- her latest are Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Fully Charged (Hay House) and Recipes for IBS (Fair Winds Press)—and has a thriving private practice in Los Angeles. She obviously practices what she teaches.
You can see her at conferences and workshops, if you’re lucky, and she’ll be a keynote speaker at the Natural Health Women’s Wellness Weekend at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort in Bedford, Penn. If you missed our Urban Wellness Retreat at Barnard University in New York City last year, it was a blast. Also check out her recommended foods, supplements and drinks at ashleykoffrd.com.