I struggled with maintaining a healthy weight my entire adult life. I have tried every diet out there from Nutrisystem to LA Weight Loss to Weight Watchers and Atkins (just to name a few). They all worked, at least while I was “on them”. But I felt like I was always “on a diet” (except, of course, when I was “off the diet” and overeating, causing the need for another diet). I was a chronic yo-yo dieter. I ate prepackaged frozen diet meals, drank diet shakes and used artificial “frankenfoods” such as zero calorie butter spray. For me, diet had always been about weight, not health.
All that changed when I turned 40 and started to experience symptoms of menopause. My period stopped, I had uncontrollable hot flashes, my moods were inconsistent and I gained a lot of weight in a short period of time. I felt as though I was too young to be going through menopause. So I went to see my OBGYN, Dr. Cary Mantell, to ask him to prescribe hormone therapy. Much to my surprise he refused to give me a prescription. Instead, he sat me down and gave me some advice that literally changed my life. He told me that I was experiencing peri-menopause and these symptoms could last up to 15 years. However, if I cleaned up my diet by eliminating processed foods and ate only whole, real foods, my symptoms would diminish. I thought he was crazy, but out of respect for him (as he had been my doctor for over 20 years), I said I would give it a try. After just one week I was amazed at how much better I felt. It was the beginning of my awakening to the connection between food and health.
Within one month my symptoms were GONE! No more hot flashes, my moods were stabilizing, my period normalized and the weight was melting off. I was eating quality, real food in abundance and felt wonderful. No calorie counting, no cravings or feelings of deprivation, just pure energy and bliss! I couldn’t believe the difference it made to eat real, healthy food, rather than “diet food”. I eat mostly fruits, vegetables, high quality organic protein, whole grains and nuts and seeds. And when I make the decision to eat processed food, I can immediately tell the difference in the way I feel both physically and emotionally.
I knew that I needed to learn more about the connection between food and health, so I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I have learned over 100 dietary theories and have been trained in coaching and counseling techniques to help others create sustainable healthy diet and lifestyle changes. Upon graduating from IIN, I studied under Dr. Sara Gottfried, Harvard educated OBGYN and author of The Hormone Cure. I have been trained in assessing hormonal imbalance and implementing the Gottfried Protocol to help bring your body back into balance naturally.
I love my job! I truly enjoy helping people find the secret to living a healthy, balanced life!
I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole.
My approach is not to dwell on calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. It is not to create lists of restrictions or good and bad foods. Instead, I work with my clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding.
Together we’ll work to reach your health goals in areas such as achieving optimal weight, reducing food cravings, increasing sleep, and maximizing energy. As we work together, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you, and implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance, and health.