Growing up I self medicated with food. If I was stressed out, sad, happy, I ate. I’ve always had an emotional attachment to food, so I guess it goes to show that it’s been a pretty big part of my life.
Throughout my adolescent years and early 20’s my diet consisted mostly of processed and artificially sweetened foods. I was a picky eater and stubborn. My body craved sweets and that’s all I would eat.
It wasn’t until my early twenties when I actually noticed the calories had caught up to me in the form of extra pounds. I was unhappy and in denial. I knew that I needed to change my habits, but how? Dieting of course! I followed whatever the latest diet was, restricting my calories down to a very extreme and unhealthy deficit, removing carbs completely, removing fat completely, taking diet pills, etc. Sure it worked, but eventually the weight loss would plateau, or I would fall off track and it would be time for plan B.
After too many failed yo-yo diets, establishing a very unhealthy relationship with food and my body, I decided to educate myself. I realized that learning about food and the amazing benefits real, whole food can have on my body was empowering. I was able to lose weight and keep it off. I felt better, I stopped getting sick all of the time, I had more energy, my skin improved, and I gained confidence.
My friends and family noticed too, which increased my confidence even more. Some of my friends asked me for help with their diets, so I provided them with a plan and coached them through it. Witnessing them reach their goals and seeing their confidence and happiness radiate was so fulfilling that it became my passion to help others.
So, I decided to continue my education and spent time learning as much as I could about nutrition and coaching. I wanted to make this my career and help people lose weight, get healthy, and feel better about themselves so I became a certified nutritionist.
Within the last 3 years, I have helped dozens of people develop a healthier relationship with food, lose weight and make positive changes in their lives through proper nutrition. The biggest lesson that I have learned is not from a textbook, it is through experience coaching others. You are a person, not an equation. Yes, it is true that to lose weight you must be in a caloric deficit, however nutrition coaching goes beyond that. Humans have emotions, stress, and life’s obstacles that can quickly and easily derail someone from obtaining their goals. My coaching strategy consists of accountability, education and ongoing support to help my clients stay on track to reach their goals.
If you are tired of struggling with getting the results that you want,