Hey Friend! Welcome to my website! I am honored that you are here taking a look around to learn more about who I am and what I do. I am first a wife to my handsome husband, Frank, and a mom to my 3 kids - Brock, Addison (Addy) and Evelyn (Evie). My family is my WORLD.
I have an undergraduate degree in Music Therapy and a Masters Degree in Elementary and Special Education. Before Frank and I started our family I worked as an autistic support teacher for our local Intermediate Unit. I left my full time job after Brock was born to be a stay at home mom.
At 4 months postpartum, I found myself feeling discouraged about all the extra baby weight I was holding onto. I couldn’t fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes and, while staying at home with my babies was a lifelong dream of mine, I didn’t feel fulfilled in the way I had hoped I would. I knew I needed to do something for me, but had no idea where to begin.
Let's back it up a bit though...
Growing up, I was teased and abused due to being overweight; hearing comments such as, "she'll only run to catch the ice cream truck" and "that's not cute baby fat anymore, she needs to do something if she wants to change." These comments hurt, but I continued to eat, UNTIL a friend in high school told me that her sister was on this diet where she could only eat 1200 calories per day and she was losing a ton of weight.
Obviously, I wanted to lose weight, too, so I started to 'count calories.' Having a competitive personality, I thought that if 1200 calories was good, then LESS than 1200 calories was better. This cycle of intense calorie restriction, coupled with excessive exercise led to weight loss and lots of it, but also crushed my metabolism, led to amenorrhea, and made me less than friendly to be around. Thanks to the support of MY wonderful mother, I learned what I was doing to myself before I spiraled completely out of control.
For the next 15 years, although I remained extremely active, I fell into the starve/binge/exercise cycle more than I would like to admit, maintaining a decent weight, but never where I felt comfortable. Little did I know, my problem was not focus or needing a more “strict” plan, my problem was years and years of disordered eating.
Weight maintenance became even more difficult when I got pregnant. Despite going to Crossfit regularly and eating 'clean,' I gained over 50 pounds. I felt blessed to be carrying a healthy baby, but hated the changes my body experienced.
In November 2014, I came across an opportunity that changed my life. The opportunity to not only become a coach with BODi (formerly, Team Beachbody) and to help others, but also to begin on a journey myself. A journey to re-invest in my health and my education in the areas of emotional eating, nutrition and gut and hormonal health.
Now, as an Integrative Nutrition Certified Health Coach, with several additional advanced certifications, I empower women to live a healthy, joy-filled life without using food to fill the voids!
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How can I best serve you? We can work together in a few different ways.
I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories – Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between. I studied with the world's top health and wellness experts including:
Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
Mark Bittman, food writer for The New York Times and bestselling author
Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing
My education has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention. Drawing on my expertise, I work with my clients to help make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results. You will develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that work best for you, improving your energy, balance, health, and happiness.
Each session will leave you feeling inspired and motivated. We will talk about things beyond food, seeking to bring balance to important elements of your life such as love and relationships as well as career and money. I will personally and carefully guide you to make simple, small changes that transform your life.