We know that the choices we make every day have a big impact on the state of our health, both today and in the future. That means that the activity we do (or don’t), our efforts to manage stress productively (or not), the beliefs we carry (adaptive or not), the sleep we get (or don’t), and the food (or food-like substances) we eat are choices between moving towards health or increasing our risk of becoming a chronic disease statistic.
This awareness can feel like a big responsibility, and it can also be incredibly empowering. For better – and for worse – our health is in our hands. Of course, we’re all dealt genetic strengths and weaknesses, but what we eat, whether we exercise, how much we sleep, our mindset, and how much stress we have largely determine which genes turn on and which stay off. Food is an especially important environmental factor, because we eat 5-7 tons of it in a lifetime, and all of it talks to our body. Our food tells our cells to produce or reduce inflammation, to burn or store energy . . . in short, to help or harm our health.
Most of us agree that good health is important, and yet few of us find that that in itself is a practical motivation. Unless we’ve faced a serious diagnosis or prognosis, the idea of better health is usually not enough to get us out of bed in the morning to work out, nor does it give us the motivation we need to walk past the candy bowl at work without stopping.
Part of our work together will involve identifying why the change you seek matters to you. What does it mean to you? What will it allow you to do? How will it help you to align more closely with the life you want to have?
The answers to these questions form the basis of your why: why you will undertake – and what will sustain – the challenge of doing something different?
The Approach: Simplify
Have you ever felt overwhelmed or confused by dietary advice? The basics of healthy eating are surprisingly simple, and don’t involve meal plans, highly specific diets, or calorie counting. Imagine no longer feeling stressed about food and food choices. In our work together, you’ll learn to let your body be your ally in your efforts to nourish yourself.
About True Image Nutrition
Make peace with your food, make peace with your self.
I believe in conscious food choices that align with your core values. Over 10 years of serving clients in accomplishing their nutrition and wellness objectives, I’ve developed deep expertise in working with them to be more mindful in eating. Part of this involves helping clients learn body awareness and trust by establishing a foundation of healthy nutrition habits while addressing aspects of mindset that take them outside of themselves and their experience.
We can always choose to leave the door open to the possibility of transcending our perceived limitations. We embrace growth when we have faith in our best selves.
I have a profound and abiding belief in the key role of food in the foundation of health. This realization struck me very personally as a young mother when my infant daughter’s chronic health challenges completely resolved with the removal of wheat. This was nothing short of miraculous to me – no hydrocortisone for eczema or corn syrup (pediatrician’s recommendation) for digestive issues. Just figuring out what was causing the problem and removing it. Imagine that!
Since then, I’ve been passionate about helping people – including myself – feel better through nutrition. After getting a Masters in Nutrition and some work experience (teaching nutrition to college students, developing an integrative corporate wellness program to keep employees healthy holistically, and working on a team of providers in a clinical practice specializing in functional medicine), I realized that the traditional provider / patient relationship was not the path to lasting change. Enter: coaching.
It’s probably also worth mentioning that during this time, I was personally confronted once again with the role of nutrition in health and disease, this time in the form of my own Hashimoto’s diagnosis and synthroid prescription. Working with a Functional MD, I learned the root cause of this autoimmune condition, and have managed it ever since, med-free, by maintaining a gluten-free diet.
In 2012 I joined Precision Nutrition as a coach and stayed for five years, guiding and supporting teams of 150-300 clients through a year-long body transformation program. Because of my strong belief in the power of a personal coaching relationship to create a safe space for change, I have returned to my own practice, focused on a more individualized approach to client needs and challenges.