*by poking at their curiosity, deconstructing the diet mentality and boiling down the seemingly complicated world of nutrition basics
I get it, you're over hating on your body
> maybe you struggle with feeling good in your body
> maybe you feel like food is your kryptonite
> maybe your physical health is suffering but you can’t seem to get your sh*t together when it comes to taking care of yourself
But let me tell you a little secret:
Getting your sh*t together when it comes to taking care of your health doesn’t have to feel like a punishment. Making healthier choices doesn’t involve cutting out foods you love, and feeling good in your body definitely doesn’t start with weight loss.
*It’s my mission to make you feel like a boss around food + in your body
I’ve got quite the messy food/weight related past; I won’t go into too much detail now but if you’re interested you can listen to more on that here.
For years I went back and forth between different types of diets, detoxes, cleanses, you name it.
I was absolutely positive that there was something in my diet that was keeping me from the body I thought I was meant to have.
It never once dawned on me during all this that hmmmm…
*Maybe it was the stress of dieting itself that was keeping me feeling bloaty, tired and weighed down?
*Maybe it was the lack of gratitude I had for my body and all the amazing sh*t it does for me?
*Maybe I could be healthy and feel like a million bucks at any size?
*MAYBE it wasn’t the food at all, it was actually the way I approached food that was the real problem?
Stuff I had to do to get comfy in my body:
+ get real with myself about the fact that I needed to make some sort of major shift
+ find support and accountability from people who actually felt great in their bodies without obsessing about their size or “health”
+ let go of all of the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’t’s’ and guilt around food – aka granting myself FULL permission
Only after making these shifts was I finally able to make some sustainable changes and accept my body for where it is in this moment.
here's what i know at my core:
> Getting healthy has become way too convoluted- and at the end of the day, it’s way more simple than we’ve made it out to be
> Getting healthy can 100% be fun and empowering and exciting without creating black and white boundaries
> Getting healthy always starts with getting curious about what’s going on underneath the surface- what’s really driving your desire to inhabit a different body?
> And getting healthy means taking deliberate but gentle big-girl steps towards your goals
A great first big-girl step?
I am a huge proponent of self-education, and am continuously reading and researching to keep up with the latest literature in the wellness and nutrition fields. However I know we all like to see the legit on-paper credentials; I’ve got those too!
Shortly after obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Studies from the State University at Oneonta, I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition after realizing how much my life + health shifted after I started reworking the way I had been approaching health.
School taught me a few very important things:
The Importance of tuning back into your body + methods for doing so
Numerous effective coaching methods for kicking traditional dieting methods to the curb
Practical ways to manage your lifestyle so you can start doing the sh*t that matters most
And tactics for setting tall goals + actually meeting them
While at IIN I had the pleasure of studying with some of the top health and nutrition experts in the world, some of which include:
Joshua Rosenthal, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Deepak Chopra, MD, leader in the field of mind-body medicine
Dr. Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
Mark Bittman, food writer for the New York Times and bestselling author
Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities
Head here if you would like some more info about IIN
I've also partnered up with the boss ladies behind Circles of Change in an effort to change the culture and conversation around food, movement and body image. Through them I've had the opportunity to become Body Project Facilitator certified as an extension of the National Eating Disorder Association’s (NEDA) prevention and early intervention efforts. The Body Project is backed by two decades of research and was built to give girls the tools and skills to confront unrealistic beauty ideals and help them develop a healthy body image.
When I'm not in the midst of recording a new podcast episode or making magic with my brave crew of coaching clients, you can usually bet I'm:
- Sipping coffee at Cafe at 407 (probably too often!)
- Spending time in the garden
- Brewing Kombucha beer
- Dancing around the living room with my dog
- Pulling a tarot card and journaling it out
- Practicing my intuitive cooking skills by using up every last strange vegetable from our CSA
- Listening to copious amounts of podcasts- this one's my fave lately
- Making something out of yarn
- Taste testing the newest dish at my favorite Mexican joint up the street
- Reading the latest in feminism, self-help, health & spirituality (I'm just slightly into the woo if you couldn't tell)
- Or snuggling with my partner, catching up on GOT, Master of None or re-watching Mad Men