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Ashley Koff RD is an internationally-renowned registered dietitian on a mission to improve the health of people across America and beyond through raising public awareness of the value of quality eating. A self-described “Qualitarian,” Koff advocates eating the better quality foods available—choosing whole foods over processed parts, natural over made in a chemistry lab and organic whenever possible to avoid hormones, synthetic fertilizers, GMOs and harmful pesticides—to optimally fuel the body. She created the Ashley Koff Approved (AKA) list as a tool to help healthcare practitioners and health-interested consumers choose groceries, dietary supplements, and prepared food options of better quality. Her selections are based on rigorous standards of nutrition, sourcing methods, and marketing integrity, backed by extensive research and globe-spanning travels to get the whole food story.

Widely sought for her knowledge and ability to translate nutrition science into practical and motivating messages, Koff regularly appears on national television programs, including The Dr. Oz Show, The Doctors, and national and local news programs. She is also frequently featured in and writes articles for national publications, including The New York Times, O!:The Oprah Magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray,Redbook, and Women’s Health. She created and was the lead expert for Huffington Post Living’s “Total Energy Makeover with Ashley Koff RD” which aired monthly on Good Morning America Health, and is the featured dietitian for Deepak Chopra’s new YouTube Channel show, 30 Days of Intent. She was the featured dietitian on both the CW’s Shedding for the Wedding and Lifetime’s Love Handles. Off camera, she has been a nutrition consultant for over 10 years, seeing patients referred by some of the country’s leading doctors—Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Woodson Merrell, and Dr. Soram Khalsa, among others. Based on the need expressed by many of her entertainment industry clients, Koff started and continues to manage her AKA Craft Services makeover project for popular shows like ABC’s Private Practice, CBS’ CSI: New York, HBO’s Big Love, FOX’s Bones, and FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as well several major movies. In addition, she is currently a contributing editor for Natural Health Magazine, on the advisory board of Fitness Magazine, contributing editor to Prevention magazine, a spokesperson for several national brands, and writes for several blogs including The Huffington Post.

Recently recognized by natural foods industry leader New Hope 360 as one of the leading “50 Natural Influencers” in health and nutrition to follow on Twitter, Ashley Koff has also been named among the Top 10 Registered Dietitians in the US by Today’s Dietitian Magazine and theBest of LA’s “Nutritionist/Dietitians” by CitySearch, three years running. A respected industry advisor, speaking at conferences like Natural Products Expos East and West, she is also a leadership team member of the Natural Resource Defense Council, one of the nation’s most effective environmental action groups, as well as an avid supporter of and the California state ambassador for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign.

Koff regularly shares nutrition expertise as a keynote speaker, panelist, emcee, and moderator with audiences nationwide, including: healthcare practitioners (“The Case for Quality” Integrative Healthcare Symposium 2013, FNCE event sponsor and host for past 3 years), professional athletes and organizations (“Get Better Energy” espnW: Women + Sports Summit 2012, 2013), corporations (Hearst, Nature’s Path, OMD, Saatchi & Saatchi employee programs), professional organizations (Natural Products Expos, Digital Health/CES, Drugstore & Convenience Store Association, Whole Grains Council), foodie experiences and wellness retreats (Rancho La Puerta, Celebrity Cruise, Natural Magazine’s Health Women’s Wellness Weekend, Sun Valley’s Harvest Festival emcee).

Ashley Koff is the author of Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Fully Charged (Hay House; 2011) as well as Recipes for IBS (Fair Winds Press; 2007) and contributed chapters to several medical textbooks. She maintains a private practice, with celebrities such as Molly Sims, Emily Deschanel, Amy Breneman, Andy Richter, KaDee Strickland, and Elizabeth Hasselbeck among her clients. She also serves on the faculty of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at the Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Koff was educated at both Duke and New York Universities and trained at LA+USC and Columbus Children’s hospitals. She completed coursework for Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) and continues her education with online integrative medicine modules and conferences.

Entries by Ashley Koff

The Worst Holiday Health Mistakes Happen in October?

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 4:33 PM

The holidays are coming, the holidays are coming... we all hear the chants -- whether it's the Halloween candy in the stores or the stress of coming up with a winning costume, the planning calls and reservations for where family will stay and how, oh how, will they all be...

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Back to School ALREADY?! These 3 Food Strategies Will Help

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 5:24 PM

It's summer, definitively. The days are long, hot and feeding is easy, well, easier. Summer means tossing everything into a big salad or onto the grill, and the gardens are filled with different nutrition options. It's hard to imagine that we are only weeks away from back to school, but...

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Resolutions: Healthy or Harmful?

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 3:50 PM

Three... two... one... midnight... Happy New Year! And happy start to _________ (insert this year's resolution(s)). Perhaps it's more days at the gym -- or, conversely, resolving to ditch the gym in favor of outdoor recreation more often (what's a little rain or hail or sub-zero windchill to keep this...

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Energy Ups and Downs? Your Caffeine-Drinking May Be to Blame

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 12:07 PM

Last week, I shared these tips with Dr. Oz and his audience, but here's a deeper look and some extra tips for anyone trying to drink their way out of energy ups and downs.

Take this quick quiz to see if you have energy ups and downs --...

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Can I Be Healthy if Someone Else Isn't?

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 12:22 PM

Last week was a week of learning. Like most weeks, it involved everything from working with patients to meetings, and included activities with non-profits like Fair Trade USA, Equality Now and Women for Women. But no matter what I was doing, the learning seemed...

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, What Will Hit (in 2012) and What Will Fall

(6) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 4:14 PM

As we close the door on 2011, nutrition and wellness -- the pursuit of optimal health -- continues to lead the country as an issue and major challenge. Looking ahead, there is much to be hopeful about, and a few things to watch out for.

1. Bye Bye Calorie Counting,...

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One Pebble, Epic Ripples: Why You Need to Help Save Bristol Bay

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 3:23 PM

Will history repeat itself in Bristol Bay, Alaska, while we watch more of our natural resources destroyed at the hands (and financial gain) of a foreign company? You can help decide the fate of Bristol Bay's salmon, its water, OUR world. As a consumer and as a voter, your actions...

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I'm a Qualitarian, How About You?

(3) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 3:47 PM

For years, people would routinely pose the same question to me, "so what are you?" Pretty sure that people are clear that I'm a brunette, a female, even that I'm a dietitian (though sometimes they confuse that with a nutritionist -- sorry folks, I have a license and the education...

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4 Cups of Joe a Day, Keeps Diabetes Away! Really?

(8) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 11:43 AM

Four cups a day, keeps diabetes away. Really?

Did I just hear right? Indeed I did. I caught a moment of the news and the anchor was covering a new study touting these results -- and later, after a quick online search, I learned that this anchor wasn't alone --...

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Cleanse for a Healthier 2011

(30) Comments | Posted January 11, 2011 | 7:07 AM

Whether you overdid it or not, the New Year seems to spark the desire in everyone to clean up their act. But what of the cleanses we read about -- are they healthy, do they work, what if I don't have the $500 a week or more to go to...

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Is Arthritis Keeping You Out of the Kitchen?

(2) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 2:55 PM

I work with many patients who suffer from different forms of arthritis -- osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) -- and when we talk about the benefits of a healthier diet, including preparing eating occasions at home, I always feel like I am putting them between a rock and a hard place....

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What Does a Year Improving Your Total Energy Look Like? HuffPost Living's Total Energy Makeover Wraps Up

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 7:09 AM

Wherever Marissa is today, friends, family and colleagues say, "You seem amazing!" And that glow comes from her hard work and the amazing advice of Huffington Post Living experts for 12 months. Let's look back on the past year and see how she got where she is today.

January: Sleep...

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12 Expert Holiday Survival Tips

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 1:57 PM

December, the twelfth month of the year, the time when holidays can create a holidaze, leaving even the most health-committed person saying, "I'll get back on track in the New Year." Well, we all know what putting off for tomorrow what we should do today can do for our health,...

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What Is 'Raw' Food? Is There Cause for Concern?

(15) Comments | Posted December 17, 2010 | 10:18 AM

Colbert highlights Raw Dairy Raid in Venice, CA and it begs the question: Why are some people: celebs, athletes, and not-so-local folks enduring LA traffic and paying to join a private club (Rawesome) so they can consume these products?

Before The Raid
Rawesome was just a...

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What Is 'Algal DHA' and What Is Its Role in Food?

(3) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 3:25 PM

Last month, I once again went to the source of a food (nutrient), as part of my ongoing effort to see food production firsthand and address any questions or concerns that I have on behalf of U.S. consumers. Unlike recent trips to Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica and Alaska, this trip...

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Not All Acai Products Are Created Equal

(2) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 11:32 AM

It's happened to so many stars before, a sweetheart is discovered, she succeeds on her merit and talents, but then eager to get a piece of her success, some build her up so high she can only help but fall (in someone's eyes) and she often loses fans as people...

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Genetically Modified Foods: The Secondhand Smoke of This Century

(25) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 11:12 AM

10/10/10 stands for so many things: Some people are choosing to get married, some are choosing to celebrate being cancer-free or the lives of those they lost to cancer (October is Breast Cancer Awareness month), some people are deciding for whom to cast their vote for governor and other state...

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Is Your Home Toxic? A Total Energy Makeover That May Improve Your Health

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 12:10 PM

When not spending time at the office, at work meetings, or her son's sporting events, Marissa comes home to her apartment. Home should be a place that fosters our best energy. And yet, as I learned when I was recently at a Smart Living event in Boulder, Colorado many homes...

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What Is the Future of U.S. Agriculture?

(7) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 3:30 PM

How does the state of our agriculture today compare to 20 years ago? How similar are our farming and health care issues? Can they even be separated? Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Chuck Benbrook, Ph.D., chief scientist at The Organic Center, to discuss the findings in...

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Yoga for Foodies: A Most Excellent Combination

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 7:00 AM

"Slow down, you move too fast, you gotta make the moment last ... "

What had me feelin' groovy this week? A yoga-food induced buzz experienced at the hands of two of my favorite friends. A new friend, David Romanelli, led us through yoga poses aimed to slow...

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