integrating personal anD planetary health

Ryan D. Andrews, MS, MA, RD, RYT, CSCS


about Ryan

I completed my education and training at the University of Northern Colorado, Kent State University, and Johns Hopkins Medicine. I’m currently in the Executive Education program at Columbia University.

I teach, write, speak, and counsel others in nutrition, exercise, and health. I authored Drop The Fat Act & Live Lean, A Guide to Plant-Based Eating (download for free below), and coauthored The Essentials of Sport and Exercise Nutrition Certification Manual

I eat plenty of legumes, lift plenty of weights, save leftovers, support sustainable farms, practice yoga, and discuss soil health at social gatherings.


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  • It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness
    — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter
    — Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Growing your own food is like printing your own money
    — Ron Finley
  • It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it
    — Upton Sinclair
  • Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value
    — Albert Einstein
  • If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it
    — John Irving
  • There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it
    — Oscar Wilde
  • I hope everybody could get rich and famous and will have everything they ever dreamed of, so they will know that it's not the answer
    — Jim Carrey
  • Cheap food is an illusion. There is no such thing as cheap food. The real cost of the food is paid somewhere
    — Michael Pollan
  • Calories count. I just don't believe in counting them
    — Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • One of the greatest opportunities to live our values - or betray them - lies in the food we put on our plates
    — Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts
    — Albert Einstein
  • The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle to finding the answer
    — Thomas J Watson
  • If everyone of us would sweep their own doorstep, the whole world would be clean
    — Mother Teresa


  • I’ve been involved in fitness and nutrition since 1996.

  • I was a nationally competitive bodybuilder from 1996-2001.

  • I have two graduate degrees. One in nutrition. One in exercise physiology.

  • I studied and trained at the University of Northern Colorado, Kent State University, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Columbia University.

  • I’m a registered dietitian.

  • I’m a registered yoga teacher.

  • I’m a movement/exercise coach (certified through the NSCA and ACSM).

  • I had my first book published in 2011 — Drop the Fat Act and Live Lean

  • I worked with Precision Nutrition from 2007-2017.

  • I’ve coached over 1,600 clients.

  • I’ve given hundreds of presentations.

  • I’ve written hundreds of articles.

  • I’ve worked in school lunch and after school cooking/nutrition programs.

  • I've been helping on sustainable farms since 2009.

  • I currently teach at SUNY Purchase; I teach sustainable cooking to middle schoolers; I teach yoga at Silver Hill Hospital; and I work with a small group of individual clients.