As I launch my new & updated website, I realized this might be a good time to share a bit about myself and my personal philosophies on nutrition and health. I revamped my website so it could better serve as a platform for up-to-date nutrition information via blogs and videos. In addition, if you decide to “join” the website (at the bottom of the page), you can also access my monthly “Nutrition Connection” newsletters/archives filled with seasonal nutrition information & recipes. Please feel free to offer any feedback you might have to make this website an easier and more valuble hub for you.
The following is a brief summary of my dietitian “approach” based on the various hats I wear as a woman and professional.
Mommy Dietitian: My 19 mo/old son, Jack, is of course, my true joy. And let me mention, I was the “best” mom…until I had a child. 🙂 There is a lot of pressure in feeding your child as a mommy dietitian! Shouldn’t my son be asking for more vegetables and trying everything I offer? From breastfeeding challenges, to last week’s finding that his iron levels were borderline low, there is no doubt that feeding a child is a tough job! I am right there among other parents of children scouring over feeding books, asking friends questions, and sometimes simply throwing up my arms in frustration! Reminding myself of the basic guiding principles for feeding a child at ANY age, such as: being a good example; offering versus asking; and keeping the feeding experience neutral or positive are mantras that keep me grounded! I truly embrace the journey of nourishing Jack as he moves from one stage to the next. As your family dietitian, I will enter our sessions with understanding, compassion, and a genuine desire to help you nourish your family.
Wife Dietitian: I married the right man. Life would simply not be nearly as fun if I would have married into meat and potatoes! People often tell him that he is a lucky guy because he has a wife who can cook and doesn’t complain whlle doing it! I, on the other hand, feel blessed because his open-minded palate is enjoyable to feed and his behaviors set a good example for our child.
Athlete Dietitian: I am a competitive individual who loves to run, bike and I wish I could say…swim. I have recreationally raced since college. Exercise does so much more for me than help me keep my weight in check. Going out for a run is the fastest way for me to re-focus, get centered, or generate ideas for my next nutri-bite. As an athlete, there is an overwhelming amount of nutrition information that one must sort through in order to obtain solid, evidence-based science. I promise to offer my athletes nothing but the most well-researched and supported advice. I practice what I preach and enjoy reaping the benefit of a diet that supports my training goals.
Healthy Dietitian: I have had clients say to me, how do you know what it feels like to be 50 pounds overweight if you have never been overweight yourself? I am not for sure how to best respond to this question, but I often remind them that we all have our own thorns to deal with. These thorns and challenges we overcome take dedication, self-evaluation, determination, and the list goes on! Similar strategies, just different thorns. In addition, I have listened to hundreds of men and women who have shared their unique weight struggles. I have both cried and rejoiced with them through their failures and successes along the way. These experiences along with my own success in maintaining a healthy self during stressful times might make me the right fit for many of you who seek weight loss. I strive to maintain my own balance, so I can be the healthy dietitian you deserve and would like to work beside.
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