Whatever you’re facing when it comes to food, your body, and your health, I want to walk with you on your journey and offer my training and expertise to guide and encourage you. My aim is to root my clients in habits and attitudes that create a long term, sustainable relationship to food. Together we will find pleasure in nourishment, and nourishment in health.
We can learn to trust our bodies. From a coaching perspective, I lean towards intuitive eating and health-at-every-size as approaches to food and our bodies. We often have a deeper knowledge of our own health than we consciously acknowledge. We can be influenced by all sorts of toxic and even predatory messages that lead us to stop listening to what makes our bodies function well. I also work to increase health and hope in the lives of those with dietary restrictions and immune-related conditions. I have Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, as do three of my family members, and my journey towards better health inspires me to help others.
My focus, both during my training in nutrition and in my daily life, is to embrace the constant process of learning how best to relate to food and our bodies. I have studied the connections between the mind, the immune system, and the way we eat; and how food affects our immune function, our brain function, and our hormones. Ideal treatment for the body is holistic. All of our systems talk to each other, and we’re still learning the language of that conversation. The intricate connections within our bodies are fascinating, and I continue to research these connections alongside the doctors and researchers who taught and trained me. The cutting edge of knowledge will always intrigue me, but what excites me most is finding the place where that knowledge connects with daily life in a useful way.
A huge part of my job is to offer encouragement as you figure out the best course of action for your particular body. I believe community is crucial for our well-being, and have first-hand experience in the pain caused by people’s lack of understanding around food needs. I want to offer support for those who need it, and bridge gaps of knowledge and empathy in order to build more unified communities.
Through my own experiences and those of my family, friends, and past clients, I’ve learned that healing takes time. I want to help you find sustainable habits of eating that are good for people nutritionally, emotionally, and communally. The process can be complicated. I’m okay with that, and I can help you walk through that journey too.
My ideas and plans are connected by three root beliefs: people matter, and this includes bodies; relationships matter, to other people and the world around us; and words matter, especially the stories we tell.
I believe in the interconnection of our future with our present (and the past), and that both are influenced by the stories we tell and believe on an individual and cultural level. These stories shape our minds, our bodies, and our complex world.
I enjoy plants of all kinds, even though I can barely keep them alive, and find a wander in the woods balm for body, mind, and spirit. In recent years I haven’t had opportunities for playing music with people, which has helped me realize how important it is to me. I’m actively stretching myself in other areas of creative expression as well, including rug-making.
Training and Credentials