I love all things health and wellness. I love learning from others, and questioning theories. Nutrition is literally the best field in my opinion- it's always changing, new research is always coming out, you always have to be ready to try new things and be okay with failure- like remember when everyone thought fat was bad.. now we are all psycho about avocados and coconut oil. However, for the general population- nutrition can be broken down to the basics, the information that we know is factual and helps improve body composition can be used to help people develop a healthy relationship with food. I am so excited to help LunchBox clients improve the way they feel about themselves and food in general. Feel good, look good!
Certifications / Education / Experience
- Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and Health, Miami University
- ACE Group EX
- ACE Health Coach
- NASM Personal Trainer
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Coach
- Coaching & Personal Training for 6+ years
More About Me
Why did you decide to become a nutrition coach?
I have always loved helping people improve their health and wellness, and I love learning in the ever evolving science of nutrition. As a personal trainer, it was vital to have clients understand that nutrition is a HUGE piece of the puzzle that a lot of people seem to be missing. When I learned about LunchBox taking such a simple, educational approach to helping people- I knew I had to be a part of it.
What do you love most about being a coach?
I love showing people that they can do whatever they put their mind to. I also love that I get to wear sweats for work :)
What’s the most important piece of advice you would like to share with someone who is looking to improve their nutrition?
Look at the ingredients on packaged food- no matter how it is labeled. ie "protein bar" "heart healthy" etc.
What is the #1 most important thing someone should know about working with their own nutrition coach?Be honest, and look at this as a lifestyle change/ learning process. This isn't going to be a 30 day cleanse, or drop 5 lbs in a week type of plan. This is going to help you improve your relationship with food, and understand what it needs to function at it's best capacity.
How has improving your nutrition changed your life?
I used to get a lot of anxiety about food.. if I had a donut with breakfast, I would stress about how I was going to work it off, or if the family wanted pizza for dinner I would have a huge internal struggle with how I was going to have the smallest slice of the pizza and avoid the crust (my favorite part) and go hard in the gym the next day. Not to mention the guilt I would feel for eating that scoop of peanut butter, or the extra Cape Cod chips. Knowing that a lot of people still go through this makes me very sad. You should never feel bad or guilty about food.
Tracking my macros has changed everything. Sure- quality of food definitely matters, I am well aware of that. But it is still very possible to stay within your macronutrient goals and have your favorites- for me it's pizza and peanut butter. :) You just get to know your limits and understand the true meaning of balance.
How do you workout?
Currently I am doing CrossFit and working on my strength. I love everything though- biking, running, hiking, beach volleyball, and swimming. I have always been a group exercise junkie- think step aerobics, turbo kick, bootcamp classes, till finding CrossFit and pretty much diving head first into "drinking the koolaid".
Are you married? Do you have kids? Any animals?
Not married and no kids... someday!
My boyfriend, John, and I do have a pup- Jackson. Jackson is an 80lb pit boxer mix who thinks he is a 5lb lap dog and loves playing tug of war and hiking.
Describe the meal you could eat every day for the rest of your life.
I could legit eat a medium cooked filet mignon, roasted potatoes, and a glass of cabernet every. single. night.
What is your favorite treat?
Peanut Butter & Jelly (but only if it's Trader Joe's crunchy and Smuckers grape)
What are your favorite TV shows - past and present.
John and I are Netflix junkies- you name it and we've watched it. I think our go to classic is SNL, and newest addiction is Black Mirror.
Do you have any hobbies?
I love learning new crafts, and the past year and half it's been jewelry making. While in Chicago I took a few courses on beading, and then metal-smithing. I love being taken out of my element (the gym) and learning from others. I find it very humbling and cool as hell to see how artists do what they do.
What are you most passionate about?
Happiness. I know that I am in the driver seat of my life and refuse to do things that I don't believe in. I know it sounds cheesy, but I truly believe in living each day to the fullest and with purpose. This doesn't mean climbing a mountain daily, or setting records, instead it means surrounding yourself with people you love and inspire you, and being the best human you can be.
What is something you want others to know about nutrition?
Nutrition is much more simple than we tend to make it in today's society.
What is the biggest nutrition myth that you would like to disappear?
That our bodies need "cleanses" via pills and juices. I am in awe that this is even a thing.. but it is.