My Food Philosophy
I believe in a way of living and eating that nourishes and supports the body. It’s not about following a diet - it is a way of learning to crave healthy food, but also feeling satisfaction in indulgence! There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to diet. Each of us are on our own journey finding the movement, meditation and food that makes us feel best. Being healthy is a fluid lifestyle. It is constantly evolving as you listen to what your body needs.
My food philosophy focuses on nutrient-dense and intentional food to lower our environmental impact, while focusing on specific body needs. I’m here to recommend a nourishing diet for someone struggling with an illness, looking to improve their health, or wanting to make more environmentally-responsible food choices. I focus on a plant-based diet to help those who are fully vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, or just wanting to incorporate more plants into their lives (and make them taste good!).
My Health Journey
Do you eat clean and healthy, but are still experiencing digestive issues or acne? I can relate.
I had always struggled with problematic skin as a teenager, but a few years after graduating college, while still following a clean whole-foods diet, my acne became worse. And let me tell you, it is a HUGE bummer to be in your mid-20s, doing all the “right things” with a regimented skin care routine, a balanced diet and regular exercise, yet still struggling with embarrassing breakouts, pain and bloating after meals, and low energy. Maybe this sounds familiar?
I was tired of topical products and pills, and I began to experiment with food as my medicine. I already had an interest in adopting a plant-based diet and took the plunge in hopes it would help my skin and overall health. Within weeks of following a plant-based diet, I noticed improvements and was amazed that something in my previous diet had been causing a reaction: what may have been a perfectly healthy and balanced diet for someone else was not the diet for me.
Fast forward a year while on the same plant-based diet: my skin took a turn for the worse, I lost my menstrual cycle, and was exhausted of blindly experimenting on myself. I began working with a naturopathic doctor who specialized in hormone health. Turns out, my hormones were not the problem: instead, I was diagnosed with Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) – yes, a gut issue. My body was speaking to me through my skin health, a common symptom of gut dysfunction. I was so concerned about my skin that I didn't even realize how many digestive issues I was dealing with! Several months of a strict diet protocol and herbal supplements led to incredible improvements in my skin and digestive issues. Yet another form of proof: nutrition is powerful!
I learned that the typical gut-healing diet protocol is far from plant-based, but I was determined to stick to my beliefs. Navigating a plant-based gut-friendly diet is a challenge because many plant-based staples are restricted – legumes, gluten, grains, corn, soy, seeds, some fruits and vegetables… But! The diet CAN be tailored to include plant-based nutrient-dense foods that make us feel good AND improve our health (and taste good, of course!). My SIBO journey has given me the tools to help others navigate a plant-forward protocol, address their gut issues, and feel confident in their skin!
Education & Credentials
Nutrition Therapist Master Candidate - Nutrition Therapy Institute
MS in Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering - Arizona State University
BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Barre Instructor – Whole Body Studios