My basic philosophy goes something like this:
***I believe that the food we eat has the power to influence how we feel physically, and also has a profound effect on our mental health and happiness.
***I believe that true wellness cannot be measured by a number (BMI, weight, etc.). Bodies come in so many different shapes and sizes, and yours is doing it’s best for you every day. Why not treat it well and learn to love and respect it for what it is?
***I believe in the value of eating fresh, whole, colorful food on a regular basis, certainly, but I also believe it is important to eat ice cream, pizza, and croissants, and to truly enjoy what you eat. The media sends us so many conflicting messages about what is "healthy" vs. "unhealthy" or “good” vs. “bad” and when it comes down to it, food is so much more than it's nutrient content. Eating well should never leave you feeling hungry or unsatisfied!
My goal is to help all of my clients to truly appreciate their unique bodies and the incredible things they can do. And when it comes to food, to help them learn how to best fuel and nourish their bodies, using an approach that is intuitive, rather than rigid or restrictive. If you’re struggling with your relationship with food, exercise, and/or your body, my goal is to help you re-learn what it’s like to trust your internal cues and to appreciate all of the incredible things your body can do, instead of focusing on what it looks like—this is something that can be particularly important for the athletic population.
Professionally, I received my Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Spanish at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where I also ran competitively for four years. I got my Master's degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Minnesota in 2013, and completed my Dietetic Internship through the U of MN + The Emily Program after that. I now live in St. Paul, (still) love to run loops on the river, and feel so lucky to live in these cities that are so full of green space, incredible food and beer, and just the greatest people.
If you struggle with an eating disorder / disordered eating / compulsive exercise / have been dieting forever, I would be more than happy to help you. I see clients in-person in Minnesota and for those not located near me, I have the ability to work with clients virtually as well. If you’re interested in working together, head over to my contact page and send me a message, I'd love to hear from you!