I was tired of torturing myself through miserable diets. I was tired of losing the same 5-10 lbs only to regain them the minute I stopped depriving myself.
I used to be almost 50 lbs heavier, obsessed with food, stagnant in my career and relationships, and moody a great deal of the time. Even though life was technically “good,” I still didn’t feel personally fulfilled or very inspired. Although I had various fun and exciting jobs in media throughout the years (I worked in advertising, I was a food & travel writer, and I was an associate producer for a national television news show), I realized that lifestyle had left me worn out, without much passion, cranky, and hungry for a career, way of living, and way of eating that would feed my mind, body, and spirit!
I set out on a path of self-work and self-discovery. While I was trying to lose weight and improve my health, I was overwhelmed by the incredible amount of confusing messages out there: low-carb, low-fat, paleo diet, vegan, raw food diet, Mediterranean diet, cabbage soup diet, weight loss programs, juice cleanses, no snacking between meals, 5 mini-meals per day, etc.
We have been conditioned to think that if we just discover the next best diet, supplement, or health book, all of our health/weight/emotional problems will be solved! But this way of thinking overlooks the deepest issue of all: You are UNIQUE. You are a beautiful, incredibly complex human being with unique needs, desires, and innate responses. What I discovered on my wellness journey is that many of the usual approaches to weight loss, health, and healing are outdated. Anyone who has ever been on a diet can tell you that diets don’t work long-term.
I wanted to find a better way.
I was tired of torturing myself through miserable diets. I was tired of losing the same 5-10 lbs only to regain them the minute I stopped depriving myself. I wanted to actually feel better. To think more clearly. I wanted to actually enjoy exercise. I wanted to be happy, to feel balanced and engaged, and to have FUN!
I gave up dieting (gasp! it was terrifying). I became a certified holistic nutrition coach through Columbia University’s Teachers College, in partnership with The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I studied directly with Dr Annemarie Colbin in her intensive 9-month Food Therapy program, at the Natural Gourmet Institute, learning how to use food as natural medicine.
What I discovered was that the biggest secret of all is that there is no one-size-fits-all diet for everyone. Your health, happiness, and wellbeing rely on discovering what works best and feels best for your individual body and your own bio-individuality. Along my journey I lost many pounds and discovered a way of eating that left me vibrant, satiated, and happy! These days, I love helping our clients reach their ideal weight, find balance in their lives, and feel confident about what to eat. And we get results.
My team and I work with individual clients, run group holistic health programs, and present lectures on various health and wellness topics throughout the country. I also love to get in front of the camera and talk about easy, simple, and fun ways to “renovate your health”!
I live in beautiful Park Slope, Brooklyn, with my husband, Matt, and our 3 nutty cats – Monty, Mabel, and Jalapeno! When I’m not counseling clients, I love to travel, bake up a batch of gluten-free treats, take early morning park jogs, and linger in one of the world’s great cafes with a good book or a good friend.