I am a registered dietitian and fellow food lover! While I consider myself a foodie and enjoy the sweetest of treats (born with a major sweet tooth!), I believe that it is important to find a balance between healthy eating and indulging so that health & weight goals can be reached/maintained without feeling deprived. I refer to this approach as "flexible eating": - flexible so that favorite foods and eating in general can be enjoyed without guilt. That is a big part of my mission - to help people reach their goals while enjoying & appreciating food. I personally started really appreciating food when I learned the connection between how our eating & lifestyle habits strongly affect our health & well-being. I love being able to share my passion for how we can use food to heal, recover, nourish, energize, and FEEL GOOD from the inside out.
I believe (and can personally relate to the fact) that eating is much more then a physical act – it’s very psychological and we don't always eat because we're hungry. That's just how the human brain is wired. Whether stressed at work, feeling sad, celebrating a birthday, or just plain bored, how we feel and what is going on in our life/environment may trigger certain eating behaviors and choices. Learning and practicing strategies to help manage and cope with emotions is a big key to reaching and mainlining health goals. It takes much more then simply knowing or being told what to eat or what to do. I love helping individuals develop strategies and goals to accomplish healthier lifestyle behaviors that lead to RESULTS. .
While my philosophy involves a flexible eating approach, emphasizing whole foods, and addressing the psychological piece of eating, I am also dedicated to providing personalized nutrition.
Why personalize nutrition?
So many diets and food claims promote a one size fits all approach. I believe in the opposite and that one size fits one as every person and everyBODY is unique. I founded Pro Lifestyle Nutrition so that I could help individuals reach their personal wellness goals by finding what behaviors/strategies work best for them.
Over the past 5 years I have been privileged to work with hundreds of individuals, one-on-one and within group settings, to help them improve their health and form lifestyle behaviors that lead to sustainable results. When working towards a weight or health goal it is important to develop individual strategies that involve delicious, quick meals, flexible eating, realistic lifestyle changes/tweaks, and a “progress, not perfection” mindset. I love being able to cheer my clients on every step of the way. I am here to provide on-going support, accountability, and motivation which are all key ingredients to forming and working on healthy habits.
I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition & Food Science from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA. I was lucky to have found my passion in nutrition and helping people improve their health through a holistic approach, which led me to complete a Master’s Degree in Nutrition & Wellness and dietetic internship from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.
I believe the most important catalyst to change is to enable people to feel empowered so that they can make a difference in their lives and that they recognize that small changes often lead to big results in the long run. I believe that this philosophy will enable people to say at the end of it all, not that they were the “Biggest Loser” but instead the “Biggest Winner”. I believe it is important to look at all aspects and measurements of health and not just a number on a scale. Most important is my belief in people as a whole. I feel that all individuals are capable of so much, but sometimes simply need some guidance, support and little reminders along the way.
I have a dual background, starting out in the Social Work field, working as a Coordinator for a homeless shelter, catering to teenage moms. It is here where I first encouraged people to value themselves and recognize their worth and capabilities. After serving in this capacity for over 6 years, I decided to branch out in another direction, incorporating my training in the nutrition and dietetics field.
Today, while healthy eating and weight loss is my primary focus, I believe without the ability to appreciate, understand and establish rapport with individuals, a climate of change and general well-being will be more difficult to attain. In the process of coming up with a healthy eating and living plan, people need to be understood and valued for the uniqueness they possess!
I graduated from Suny Albany with a degree in Psychology and following that, went to graduate school at Yeshiva University where I earned a Master's degree in Social Work. After practicing as a social worker for several years, mainly in a homeless shelter, I went back to school at West Chester University, where I obtained a degree in nutrition and dietetics. I then did an internship with Sodexo, which was mainly based in a hospital, where I did all aspects of clinical care and intervention.