Sammi Haber: Registered Dietitian & Founder, Nutrition Works

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Sammi Haber is a New York City-based Registered Dietitian and founder of her private practice, Nutrition Works NY. Sammi received her Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics with a Clinical Nutrition concentration from New York University. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Sammi completed her one-year intensive dietetic internship at the James J. Peters Bronx VA Medical Center.  In addition to counseling clients in her private practice, Sammi shares nutrition tips and recipes on social media via her Instagram account, @veggiesandchocolate. As her Instagram handle suggests, she preaches an “all foods fit” approach to nutrition – she believes that, in order for it to be sustainable and enjoyable, a healthy lifestyle should include both vegetables and chocolate (or other favorite foods!). Sammi has contributed to multiple media publications, including U.S. News, Cosmopolitan, Well + Good, and Elite Daily.

What do I do best?

I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist that strongly believes in an “all foods fit” philosophy.  I teach my clients how to eat healthy, but also teach them how to have a healthy relationship food.   I believe a healthy diet is one that is both sustainable and enjoyable and, therefore, don’t believe in restricting any foods. I teach my clients how to both eat healthy and allow all foods in order to feel total food freedom.  

What makes me the best version of myself?

Not only am I an extremely hard worker, but I’m also incredibly passionate about what I do.  I’ve seen how unnecessary food restrictions can cause stress, frustrations, and start to take over mental energy.  I’m super dedicated to helping my clients overcome these feelings and find enjoyment in food and being healthy.  

What are my aspirations?

Write a book!  Teaching my nutrition knowledge and philosophies through a widespread book has forever been a goal of mine.

Right now, I’m also working constantly to continue to grow my private practice, Nutrition Works NY.   In my personal life, I’d love to find a little more work-life balance!

My Biggest Success?

My first private client. It sounds small, but when I first became a dietitian, I was always working for other people in either private practice or hospital settings.  My first client in my own private practice  showed me that I was capable of helping people in the ways in which I wanted to help them.  After that, watching my first client go through a transformation from restrictive eating, to allowing all foods and feeling comfortable in her own skin was hands down my first proudest moment.  

My Most Challenging Moment?

I work a few different jobs right now, and balancing them all at once can definitely get challenging.  But on the other hand, I’m also so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had, so that always really helps to put the more stressful times into perspective.

My Motto?

“One day at a time.”  I work hard to reach the goals I set for myself and continue to make new goals along the way.  That said, I tend to get overwhelmed often!  A dietitian friend got me a bracelet a few years ago that says “one day at a time.” It really helps to look at it and remind myself to always take things one day at a time.

My Favorite People/Role Models?

In business, Keri Gans was always a dietitian I looked up in the field of nutrition.  Once I met her, she was so sweet and open to giving me advice – it only made her look up to her even more.

In my personal life, my mom is my biggest role model.  She’s the strongest woman I know.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

Aspen, Colorado has been my favorite spot since I was a teenager.  Being in nature, and especially in the most amazing mountain scenery, has such a calming effect on me.  Not to mention, hiking is my #1 favorite activity.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

It’s a definite toss-up between my Fitbit and my food processor.  Can’t imagine walking or cooking without either of them!

My Current Passions?

My business – watching the different ways in which it’s grown over the past few years has been amazing.