Delicious plant-based balance without restrictions
My personal and professional wellness philosophy as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) is succinctly summed up in just these 6 words…but it wasn’t always so simple.
I spent most of my twenties counting calories and measuring portion sizes, working tirelessly to drop “just 10 to 15 more pounds because then surely everything would be right in my world.”
Along with all the wasted time and energy, I ended up with more weight – and less self-confidence – than I had when I started.
Maybe it was because I couldn’t quite master nutrition, but I became a registered dietitian and started my career counseling cancer patients at an integrative treatment center in Chicago. I loved our focus on whole foods but I was taught to speak to patients about food in a way that was very concrete.
Black or white. Good or bad. Must-eat or must-avoid.
It was a diet. And for many of my patients, it wasn’t helping them eat more healthfully. Nobody could actually stick to the diet 100% like they were supposed to and it often just caused more stress, guilt, and fear instead.
It wasn’t until I read Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch’s life-changing book, Intuitive Eating, that my health really took a turn for the better. I appreciated that Tribole and Resch were also registered dietitians and the theories and research they presented in the book were pretty compelling, so I decided to give the whole non-diet, intuitive eating thing a go.
For the most part, I try to live without regrets but I have to admit that I often wonder how/why I didn’t ditch diets sooner. Overall, I can still say that I’m grateful because now I help free others from the same trap.
Eventually, I decided that I needed the freedom to communicate my nutrition message my way. I started my own nutrition coaching and communications business in 2015 and haven’t looks back since.
As a non-diet registered dietitian, I found my purpose. I’m going after my dream and I want to help you go after yours by helping you commit to plant-driven wellness without restrictions.
Want to get to know the ‘real’ me?
I’m a serious food-lover who lives for cooking, scoping out markets, and sharing delicious meals with good company.
This is my family. My husband, Dan, and our kitchen manager, Neil.
We’re a tight bunch and we try to do most things together, which leads to lots of homemade pizza, hiking, camping, breweries, and road trips.
If you see the three of us hanging out around Denver, please do come say hello! 🙂