“Nutrition is not a one-size-fits-all science, and it’s constantly evolving.”
What was your path to becoming a nutritionist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
My interest in nutrition began as a child. I struggled with life-threatening asthma and allergies. Too sick to participate in many athletic endeavors, I chose to spend time cooking with my parents. This cultivated a life-long interest in the healing powers of food. Once I outgrew my asthma, I adopted a very active lifestyle and took up yoga and marathon running. This shift incentivized me to look at nutrition in order to optimize my athletic potential. I initially explored a career in publishing, and even worked at Women’s Health, but I couldn’t quench my thirst for knowledge of nutrition.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
I'm very hands-on with clients, helping to guide them to make the best choices for their bodies. Nutrition is not a one-size-fits-all science, and it’s constantly evolving. I extend this approach to my clients and think of them as an n=1 experiment, in which a single patient is the entire case study. We speak extensively about their medical history, nutrition concerns, and lifestyle to create a program that will work for their goals and needs. I aim to empower clients to develop a healthy relationship with food and to get the most out of their nutrition choices.
How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
Collaboration is key. Nutrition is only a small part of self-care. I love meeting with others in the wellness space and learning how they work to improve the quality of people’s lives. As a nutritionist, I frequently work as part of an extended care team, whether that’s with a therapist, physician, acupuncturist, or trainer.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about nutrition counseling who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
Nutrition counseling is not just for weight loss. While weight loss may be a goal for many people, there are so many facets to nutrition — from digestion to fertility, energy, and disease prevention. In simplistic terms, you are what you eat. If you’re not eating well, you many not feel well either. My goal is to let people know that small changes can add up to big results.
Why is self-care an important practice in maintaining both physical and mental well-being?
Self-care is the most valuable investment you can make, and it is critical for maintaining physical and mental health. I always remind clients that self-care is not selfish. Taking care of yourself — mind, body, and soul — allows you to live your life to the fullest and be more present for those around you.
“Self-care is not selfish. Taking care of yourself — mind, body, and soul — allows you to live your life to the fullest.”
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