"Our great-grandmothers didn't constantly obsess over calories, force-feed themselves swamp water smoothies, or live on $60 powders from the health food store and neither should we."
Whole, natural foods are the foundation of my approach to wellness, but that's just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce, kidding). Holistic Nutrition is about way more that what we put on our plates. It's what we think, how we feel, and how we talk to ourselves. Here are my core beliefs when it comes to building healthy habits that actually last a lifetime.
Start Where You Are
Whether you're coming to your first consultation as a nutrition newbie or a level 5 vegan, I'm right there with you. There will be no overwhelming meal plan full of exotic foods to follow. I will not direct you to the Food Guide for more information. I'll work with the habits you already have, ask you questions that matter, and help you take the smallest possible step in the right direction (while seeing the fasted possible results).
Focus On More, Not Less
I will never hand you a mile-long list of foods to avoid (okay, unless it's super necessary). By focusing on dietary restrictions, we create an unhealthy relationship with food. Instead, I love to focus on adding an abundance of healthy foods into your diet. Don't worry, there is always room for dessert.
Enjoy Your Food
Anthropology nerd alert: did you know that humans are the only species that dines? Think about it, we don't feed we dine. What a phenomenon! Food is fuel, yes, but it is also a source of pleasure, comfort, and connection. Families gather around dinner tables, and I don't ever want to take the fun out of food. There is a whole world of deliciousness out there, and you're allowed to experience it all.
Listen To Your Body
No one, not even your Nutritionist, understands your body like you do. What works for me probably won't work for you. Stop looking at magazines, listening to dogmatic health "experts" and reading diet books! I teach my clients to tune in to their unique needs, respect their bioindividuality, and hear what their bodies are saying. Once you learn to listen you'll realize bodies almost never shut up, they're like your mom's most annoying friend who always has something to say about everything you do.
Above All, Balance is Key
A healthy relationship with food means never skipping a birthday party because you "can't control yourself" around cake. It means never saying "fuck it, I'll start on Monday" and finishing off the whole sleeve of Oreos before your boyfriend comes home. It means never feeling obligated to order the salad when what you really want is the pasta primavera. Understand that your body remembers what you do most of the time and that some foods feed the soul. All foods are good foods in moderation.