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I want a world where…

All bodies feel worthy.

Where all people get to experience deep pleasure with food and trust they are caring for their bodies.

Their beautifully imperfect bodies.

I want a world where

All bodies feel worthy.

Where all people get to experience deep pleasure with food and feel confident they are caring for their bodies…

Their beautifully imperfect bodies.

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And I believe

You deserve to feel that your uniqueness is purposeful instead of flawed.

Being well-nourished and at peace with your body is your birthright.  

Food and eating should not lead to guilt or self-righteousness. 

And I believe that you can rise above the systems that cause this dysfunction to connect and trust your body again.

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It may not look like we’ve been told it’s supposed to,

but when have things ever?

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Our cultural obsession with thinness is making us miserable.

We’re born into a system that teaches us to distrust our bodies. It has disconnected us from the natural rhythms and messages that our physical and emotional selves are trying to tell us.

In that process, food has become a tool to distract and numb. 

Our cultural obsession with thinness is making us miserable.

We’re born into a system that teaches us to distrust our bodies. We become disconnected from the natural rhythms and messages that our physical and emotional selves are trying to communicate.

In that process, food has a tool to distract and numb. 

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This is why I do the work that I do.

Imagine if you could…

Feel Free and Bold

Buy the new bathing suit and go swimming whenever you want without being constantly in your head about who has a “better body” than you. Stop comparing yourself to others.

Nourish Yourself Well

Trust in your inner wisdom. Grocery shop without having a panic attack. Find a way to cook that doesn’t feel like drudgery. Feel calm and “in control” when deciding what you’ll eat. 

Improve Your Health

Find nutritional approaches to manage health conditions and reproductive health without strict diets. Do this in a safe place where no one is telling you you’ll be better off if you shrink yourself.

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Live Your Life

Start doing that life-affirming thing you’ve been waiting to do until you lose weight. Vacation? Dating apps? Painting class? Theme park? Your life is happening now and now is the time to live it. 

Experience Calm and Clarity

Feel balanced and in control of your food choices instead of pulled by a mysterious whim or intense craving. Understanding your body will help with this. 

Heal

End the intergenerational trauma of dieting and body shame so you can feel proud that you’re raising your children (or our collective children) to feel happy and proud of their body and food choices.

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You’ll learn what nourished feels like, not what it looks like.

I help people – all genders, in all bodies  – disobey diet dogma so they can learn what their bodies are telling them. I’ll be your guide as you connect with your appetite, your sense of enough, and a recalibration of healthy eating.

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Dieting steals your life, your freedom, trust in your body.

You can take that back and improve your well-being.

We’ll work together to unlearn oppressive food and body expectations. You’ll heal dysfunctional eating habits, learn to listen to your body, and experience the pleasure and joy you desire.

About Me

 

I am

 

A non-diet and weight-inclusive dietitian, nutrition therapist, and body image healer. I use evidence-based nutrition science, along with many food and healing philosophies to provide individualized care. No two bodies are alike. 

I’m Health At Every Size (HAES) aligned, trauma-informed, and rooted firmly in nutrition science. (I’m like a food, body image, health, and life coach all in one). 

 

Because our relationships with food don’t happen in a vacuum even though we’re taught that we should be striving for health and perfection regardless of our circumstances. Much harm has been done under this assumption. 

 

I help women (mostly women, but I love working with men, trans women and men, and non-binary people too) liberate themselves from the structures that keep them distrusting themselves so they can connect with their body again and make food and movement choices that honor their body. So they can find peace, calm, balance, and health. And take back their joy.

I’ll create a space for you to unpack and heal your food and body story.

Your “food issues” are safe with me.  

Over the past 8 years

I’ve worked with hundreds of people to heal their relationships with food and their bodies. I guide people through the process of unlearning the restrictive nature of dieting and diet culture.

I hold space for you to unpack the splintering that being a feminist and wanting thinness at all costs has created in you.

Your current reality and future self are both seen and held, while you explore long-held beliefs about how your body is unworthy of love and belonging.

I’ll sit beside you as you unravel the ways you’ve been taught to obey and adhere to eating regimens that have held you back from living a joyful life. 

Then I’ll teach you the tools to rebuild a way of eating that feels joyful, delicious, and deeply nourishing. 

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Over the past 8 years

I’ve worked with hundreds of women and femmes to heal their relationships with food and their bodies. I guide people through the process of unlearning the restrictive nature of dieting and diet culture.

I hold space for you to unpack the splintering that being a feminist and wanting thinness at all costs has created in you.

Your current reality and future self are both seen and held, while you explore long-held beliefs about how your body is unworthy of love and belonging.

I’ll sit beside you as you unravel the ways you’ve been taught to obey and adhere to eating regimens that have held you back from living a joyful life. 

Then I’ll teach you the tools to rebuild a way of eating that feels joyful, delicious, and deeply nourishing. 

I do this with your permission and it is my honor.

Without all the diet culture noise, things get quiet. And then you can hear.

More about my

Professional and Personal Experience

(and what it means for you)

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I have an Masters Degree in Nutrition Science.

I received my MS in Nutrition from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. This education taught me the details of how nutrients are metabolized, what “superfoods” really are, and why your body will never be happy without carbohydrates. IE: How to debunk diet fads and biohacking regimens and guide you through blood sugar imbalances, nutrition insufficiencies, and other health conditions without giving you bad, idealistic, trigger-bait health guru advice.

I have a degree in Human Communication and Relations.

My undergraduate degree is from The University of Texas at Austin. Much effort and heartache have gone into honing my communication skills. I was terrified of sharing my truth and speaking up for myself back in my 20s. Over time, my education (plus some hard-won life lessons) has taught me the benefits of honesty – with others and with myself. This has merged with the work I do today. I am honest with my clients and I believe this benefits them in their healing journey.

I am a Registered Dietitian (RD).

I did the work to get the real deal. Our credential is a little misunderstood, but essentially the RD means that I learned lots about the human body and nutrition science, but also how to treat people for health conditions using evidence-based nutrition intervention, not psuedo-science.

This also means I was trained in the weight-centric, top-down, western approach to nutrition which I have been actively unraveling and expanding on over the years. No shade on the profession though, I love being a dietitian. All health professions have this weight-centric problem. Being a HAES® nutritionist means that I believe that all bodies deserve care, respect, and equitable treatment.

I’m a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor.

I learned from the creators of Intuitive Eating, Evelyn Tribole, and Elyse Resch and I am so glad I did. This model feels like a true healing path toward freedom, liberation, and overall well-being with food and self-care.

I am so grateful that I came across their book in 2014. I knew immediately this was the path I needed to take with my work. Intuitive Eating is the foundation for all my interventions, but I integrate others when needed.

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My Eating Disorder Training is Ongoing and Essential.

Eating disorders are wildly underdiagnosed and undertreated due to a lack of diverse research funding and weight, race, and gender bias. I believe that understanding eating disorders and disordered eating, and how often symptoms are missed due to systemic inequities, (especially how marginalized bodies are prescribed eating disorder behaviors) is one of the most essential pieces of my continued education. This is one reason, but not the only reason, that I define myself as a HAES® nutritionist.

I Love to Self-Study, Evolve, and Be Challenged.

I am continuously evolving, learning, unlearning, and changing. I am actively engaging in my own liberation through reading, supervision, and continued education with those with lived experience of trauma and body marginalization.

I also love to learn about philosophy, psychology, and spirituality, which I have found are all useful and perhaps essential when working with people with one of our basic human needs, and the one that is often so utterly complicated and deeply woven into our experience as humans.

I Practice Embodiment Regularly

I know that the practice of yoga in the west is deeply problematic and appropriated. But this training and practice has benefitted me in so many ways. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to connect with my body and spirit through this practice.

A yoga class is the first place I turn when I need calming, when my body aches, when my spirit is too low or too high. I find calibration, calm, and connection. I believe the room full of people adds to the healing.

Connecting with the body with mindfulness is innately healing. Dance is another place where movement and creativity combine that has unfortunately become way too much about aesthetics.

I Am a Self-Taught Cook Who Worked in Restaurants for Over a Decade.

I have lived in two of the best food cities in the country (I’d say) – NYC and New Orleans. Austin is great too, but not like these places.

I love food. But it wasn’t always this way. Working closely with people who think about the tiny details of the flavor and ingredients in a meal as I did in these restaurants, made me want to learn to cook (plus being on a tight budget in my 20s) delightful meals at a fraction of the cost of a restaurant in NYC. I learned how to eat well on a budget, and how to prioritize flavor and the eating experience. I still think this is one of the most useful skills I teach people.

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I am a total Aquarius sun / Gemini moon / Sagittarius rising.

I’m not gaga about astrology, but the older I get, the more self-reflection tools are useful to me. I’m also into tarot, human design, and the enneagram. So here’s what this means to me:

I’m a daydreamer and someone who needs alone time and who is fundamentally unconventional and anti.

I’m quite emotionally centered and really horrible at compartmentalizing. I’m actually just realizing this as I get older – when I was younger I didn’t think I was. So Aquarius of me.

I am social, optimistic, independent, and honest (some say blunt). I get antsy easily and am a bit impatient. However, I LOVE to get out of this headspace and slow down. This is why I deeply adore and need a good amount of time in nature.

Before My Current Work, I Was Focused on Food Equity, Sustainability, and Policy.

I understand and hold tons of space for inequities in food access and health. I don’t assume everyone has the same preferences, access, time, or resources to get and prepare healthy food. Policy on food access and equity are much needed and I advocate for these causes.

I Know That Health Looks Different For Everyone.

The countless systems of oppression that interact with the way we think about food and our bodies cannot be understated or appreciated. 

I’m going to help you in ways that do not assume you can drop everything and put 100% of your attention on your nutrition plan or even on improving your relationship with food.

We’re going to build strategies that fit into your life, no matter how full it is. I understand women often have caregiving responsibilities, that although may not feel sustainable, are often not optional. It’s super important to me that we don’t replicate the harm that diet culture has already created.

and I continue to learn.

In addition to my official trainings, these people have significantly influenced my work:

Adrienne Maree Brown

Alissa Rumsey 

Aviva Romm

Audre Lorde

Beauty Redefined

Bri Campos

Bell Hooks

Brene Brown

The Center for Body Trust 

Chrissie King

Christy Harrison, Anti-Diet, and Food Psych

Fiona Sutherland

Hannah Thorton

The Health at Every Size™ (HAES) community

Jessica Wilson

Kelly Diels

My mom & dad

Mikki Kendall

Naomi Wolf

Sabrina Strings

Sonya Renee Taylor

Stephanie Clairmont and her team at The Leveraged Practice

Sumner Brooks

Roxanne Gay

Whitney Trotter

My therapist

And so many more…

This does not mean that I know all of these people personally (but I do know some of them!). The work of these folks has inspired and informed me and my work.

I am fortunate enough to have an office on the traditional and unceded lands of the Tonkawa, Comanche and the Lipan Apache, otherwise known as Austin, Texas.

You can find me on Instagram or by email. If you’d like to work with me, you can find more info here on my services.  

If you’d like to book a free 30 minute consult call with me, you can do that here.

And definitely sign up for my biweekly newsletter, Lunch & Liberation.

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It may not look like we’ve been told it’s supposed to,

but when have things ever?

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It all starts with a conversation. 

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