I've always been really passionate about nutrition science, fitness, and the human body in general. After experimenting with lots of different diets and nutritional approaches, I had a pretty life changing experience when I started counting macros and discovered that I had limitless freedom in my food choices. It was such a crazy breakthrough for me and so liberating. Since then, I've been pretty inspired to show others how they can do the same thing in a way that fits their life and goals. I want to help other people discover how to overcome food struggles and enjoy life and food.
Certifications / Education / Experience
- Precision Nutrition, Pn1
- CrossFit Level 1
- Crossfit Central East Regional, Team 2014
- Crossfit Central Regional, Team 2016
- 10 years experience competing in gymnastics and cheerleading
- 3+ years collegiate cheerleading experience
- 10+ years coaching competitive gymnastics and cheerleading at a regional and national level
- Instructor for Universal Cheerleaders Association
More About Me
Why did you decide to become a nutrition coach?
I've always been really passionate about nutrition science, fitness, and the human body in general. After experimenting with lots of different diets and nutritional approaches, I had a pretty life changing experience when I started counting macros and discovered that I had limitless freedom in my food choices. It was such a crazy break through for me and so liberating. So, since then I've been pretty inspired to show others how they can do the same thing in a way that fits their life and goals. I want to help other people discover how to overcome food struggles and enjoy life and food.
What do you love most about being a coach?
I really love seeing each of my clients change in their own ways. The physical changes are awesome and make my want to jump up and down and fire confetti out of a canon, but hands down the most amazing part of coaching is seeing the psychological transformation that each person goes through. When a client writes me and says that she didn't hate how she looked in pictures that week or when someone's negative self-talk gradually turns into upbeat, goal-oriented affirmations <- that's the BEST part of being a coach.
What’s the most important piece of advice you would like to share with someone who is looking to improve their nutrition?
I think one of the most important things to know when you're first starting out, is that you don't have to toss your current diet in the trash can and completely overhaul every aspect of how you eat. I know that for some people, completely breaking up with their current lifestyle and starting a new approach can be cleansing, but eventually, the honeymoon phase will wear off and you'll be craving some of your old habits and old foods. So, a great way to combat that from the front-end is to survey your current diet and see how you can work some of the foods your already eat into your new plan. Maybe you have to tweak quantities or move things around, make substitutions, etc., but in the interest of making lasting improvements, taking stock of your current diet and identifying ways you can "fit in" some of your favorite foods is important.
What is the #1 most important thing someone should know about working with their own nutrition coach?
Be honest always. You will never be berated or punished for messing up, but not being forthcoming about mess ups and your numbers with your coach will impede your progress.
How has improving your nutrition changed your life?
It's changed me in so many ways. It's given me freedom to not hate myself when I want cake, or a cookie, or a donut, or ice cream (I have one of these daily, usually). It's brought mindfulness to many other areas of my life. It's given me a place to return to when I mess up. It's allows me to make changes to my body composition and helps me reach goals in a calculated way with my body's best interest in mind. It's sustainable and something I could do every day for the rest of my life.
How do you workout?
Right now, it's a mix of crossfit and Olympic weightlifting. Mostly lifting right now. I train 1 - 1.5 hours 5 days per week, and try to do some gymnastics skill work, some crossfit metcons, and stretching several times per week too.
Are you married? Do you have kids? Any animals?
I have one husband (Bill) and one animal (Sam) - children someday. Stay tuned.
Describe the meal you could eat every day for the rest of your life.
Oh man, I love eating every food so much I'm not sure how I could pick. Probably the Taco Mamacita Grande Chopped Salad and a salted caramel Yasso bar. NOT KIDDING.
What is your favorite treat?
Ice cream, some kind of cake that I make myself, or fluff.
What are your favorite TV shows - past and present.
Game of Thrones, Girls, Chef's Table, The Great British Bake-Off
Do you have any hobbies?
Nutrition and fitness are the main ones. I love to cook food of all kinds, love baking and feeding people, I got a house recently and I really enjoy decorating it, having people over, raising house plants, sewing things, etc. I really love reading and traveling too.
What are you most passionate about?
I really enjoy creating things, communicating with people and building relationships. I love my work, both my 9 - 5 job (corporate communications) and nutrition work that I do. I'm also passionate about my husband and building the best relationship with him that I can. One of the biggest but least important things I'm passionate about is COFFEE of all kinds, in all shapes, in all caffeinated forms.
What is something you want others to know about nutrition?
I really believe that tunneling into your nutrition is one of the absolute best ways to love yourself. I tell my clients (and remind myself) often that figuring out your nutrition and giving your body what it needs is a long journey but you are always, always, always worth the hard work.
What is the biggest nutrition myth that you would like to disappear?
"That's too many carbs" or something along those lines. No it's not. Eat them.
Would you like to share anything else?
This was my favorite quote when I was younger and I think it reigns more truth for me now than ever: "In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark after irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours." -- Ayn Rand