I've always believed in the healing powers of food and a holistic approach to healing (treating the whole person, not just their symptoms), but have noticed a disconnect-–there are all these amazing things food does for our health and well-being, yet we’re constantly bombarded with advice to diet, restrict, and cut out whole food groups.
With all of the ever-changing advice about how we “should” or “shouldn't” be eating, our relationship with food has become more complicated than it should be. Despite what the latest fad diet recommends, there is actually no such thing as a one-size-fits-all or “perfect” diet. Not to mention, eating in a way one may consider “perfect” can end up backfiring and lead to binge eating or emotional eating, make us feel rigid, restrictive, and rule following, or leave us feeling unsatisfied and hungry. I truly believe that we naturally hold all of the answers to meeting our nutritional needs. We just need to learn how to tune out all of the “shoulds” and tune into ourselves.
I help clients to learn how to trust their intuition so that they can adequately nourish themselves without second guessing if the latest diet trend is the answer. It starts with creating a solid nutritional foundation: assessing which nutrients the diet may be lacking or need a boost of, ensuring nutritional needs are met, and creating a healthy balance of foods. In addition to nutrients, we can assess what else the diet might be missing: Satisfaction? Enjoyment? A bit of fun? More often than not, I find that our diets are missing something(s), which may be contributing to the issues we're experiencing whether it is fatigue, stress, weight management, binge eating, a specific health concern–you name it.
I work with clients from a holistic perspective because I know that nutrition is an important piece of our health and well-being puzzle, but it is just a piece. Learning more about clients' stress, sleep, health history, lifestyle, and mental health and well-being helps me provide individualized recommendations tailored to their specific needs and make sure that we're setting realistic and sustainable goals.
My mission is to not only help others to improve their health and well-being but also to help them improve their relationship with food and their body. The importance of strengthening these relationships is often overlooked and certainly not a component of fad diets, but something I believe to be at the core of our true health and well-being.
Whether you're interested in learning more about how to tune into your needs, develop a healthier relationship with food, or are looking for guidance on your health journey, I'm here to help! :)