My name is Erinn, and I’m a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist living in Phoenix, Arizona. I’ve toyed around with starting a blog for YEARS, I mean years. I actually started and stopped quite a few times, but my heart wasn’t quite in it. Since then, I’ve realized that sharing my experiences with addiction and attempting to maintain a 70 pound weight loss can help others seeking guidance. Five years ago, I ventured down the long, and tiresome path of becoming a dietitian for two simple reasons. I wanted to become a credible professional understanding the science behind food, the human body, and the miraculous wonder that is metabolism, and I wanted to help people overcome the same difficulties I faced. I’ve read HUNDREDS of blogs over the years, and feel they all have the same storylines and filled with misinformation. Blah. I was sick of reading “the sames” as I’ll call them. Fast-forward 5 years, and I’m finally done with school, done with my supervised practice internship, and am embarking on a new journey of opening a private nutrition practice specializing in weight management and living your best life, outside food obsession.
So what does FOODBALANCE mean?
I’ve never been a fan of that age old saying “everything in moderation,” because I felt like it sets people up for failure. You may be fine including everything and anything in your diet, but this person over here struggles with late-night bingeing, and this person over here is dealing with IBS. How does one find moderation in a world of gluttony? The key is finding a balance of what makes you happy and what also keeps you healthy. I’ve found that when I have pared down not only the volume of food and food messaging in my life, I was able to rediscover my personal relationship with what I eat. We often get thrown so many messages about things to ADD in our diet, MARATHON workout sessions, and basically just too much information about needing to do MORE. When we subtract, our focus shifts to taste, texture, flavors, mood, likes, and dislikes. Newsflash: you may not actually LIKE the Oreos you downed on the way home from work or even that protein shake you make yourself drink for breakfast because someone with abs on Instagram told you so. My goal for FOODBALANCE is to help others find their personal balance with real food, like I did, and then move on with their life. It all boils down to self-worth. No amount of protein bars or #paleo can take the place of loving who you are today.
P.S If you need to chat, I offer one-on-one counseling sessions both in person and over Skype. For more information, check out my Nutrition Counseling link at the top of the page.