I'm a "non-diet" dietitian and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) with a master’s degree in dietetics and nutrition.
Even health professionals like doctors and other dietitians often give misguided advice, making health and recovery a challenge. I love helping people uncover what it is about their bodies and about their eating that they are struggling with, and help them heal - using a non-diet approach.
Using nutrition therapy to help people find peace with food allows me to be part teacher, part scientist, part therapist.
I am obsessed with intuitive eating, self-compassion, body acceptance and living life according to YOUR values. I also know in my soul that your worth is not determined by the size of your pants or the number on the scale - and I want to help you believe that too.
I fully believe that you can eat for satisfaction while still honoring your health.
I grew up in a small town in Iowa. I’ve always been into teaching, science and psychology. Before studying dietetics I thought about becoming a special education teacher, and then a criminal profiler.
I studied dietetics at Iowa State University (go Cyclones!) and attended grad school at the University of Kansas Medical Center. While working with breast cancer survivors in and after grad school, I encountered the deep psychology behind the way women feel about their bodies, and the way this drives them to make decisions about their eating. From there I landed in the field of body image and eating disorders.
I now have built my business around helping women ditch dieting, stress less about food and make peace with their bodies so they can feel comfortable in their own skin and live life more fully. I'm all about eating the foods you love, unapologetically, and without going overboard.
"Honesty, when I wake up in the mornings and remember I don't have to track/weigh my food, diet or step on the scale, I'm instantly so happy." — Chastity R.
"It feels like I have total freedom. Becoming more engaged in life has been the most fun.
"and I know how to listen to my body to know when I am full or hungry, if something is enjoyable to me or not, and if a food is upsetting my body in any way." — Keturah S.
"I am no longer afraid of food. I enjoy food in moderation...
"but I asked my body, and it actually wasn't interested! So I listened and I didn't have one. I'm still very new to intuitive eating, but I was so happy to find that it's all sinking in!" — Leigh A.
"Someone brought in a big box of donuts to work yesterday, and normally I would have one...
The Office, parks and Rec, Criminal minds, law & order svu
the TV show Modern Marvels
Maintenance Phase, The First Degree, & My Favorite Murder
my high school sweetheart
In addition to my signature online course, Non-Diet Academy, I also have several other digital products and programs to help YOU find freedom with food.
Since I've been full-time I started my blog which now has over 500 posts!
I saw a handful of clients on the side while working my regular full-time job between hospital and corporate wellness.
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Looking for a presentation for your audience? I love speaking on topics you are interested in, or I can work on a custom presentation for your group!
Health At Every Size: Applications for Dietitians (Kansas City Dietetic Association)
Getting Clients Out of Their Heads and Into Their Bodies (Florence Crittenton Conference)
Hitting the Wall of Self-Care (Eating Disorders In Sport Conference)
Walking the Tightrope: Managing Co-Occurring Illness and Inflammation in Eating Disorders (International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Webinar Series for Professionals)
Exercise: Friend or Foe? (Children’s Mercy Kansas City)
Simple Strategies for Surviving the Holidays (Menorah Medical Center Bariatric Support Group)
What is Normal Eating? (Middle and high schools)
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