What does FoodBalance mean?

FoodBalance is my simple mantra for a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. I’m here to help you balance out the food in your life so you can get out there and LIVE your life. There are three fundamentals to FoodBalance: a balanced mind that focuses on self-reflection, balanced movement that makes you feel good, and a variety of food that fuels (not rules) your life.

Who do you work with as a Registered Dietitian? What kinds of clients?

For my private nutrition clients, I work with individuals who are sick of dieting and want a simplified approach to living a healthier lifestyle. My specialties include intuitive eating, mindfulness methods, and health at every size/body positivity. I also provide worksite wellness services for companies and food service organizations. Think menu planning, lunch and learn classes, private counseling for employees.

What’s a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

All dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are dietitians. A Registered Dietitian, or RD/RDN, is a health professional that has extensive nutrition education and training. In order to become a dietitian, we have to go through a lot of schooling and many hours of supervised practice. Anyone else who refers to themselves as a “nutrition expert” without the credential doesn’t understand the biology of the human body like a dietitian does. Read more about the process here.

What’s your education and professional background?

I graduated and received a B.S in Nutrition (Dietetics) from Arizona State University (go Sun Devils!). I love ASU and had the opportunity to do my clinical supervised practice program (dietetic internship/residency) there with a focus on wellness to receive my RD/RDN which translates to, Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. They’re both the same, I just chose the latter because many people I work with refer to me as the “nutritionist.” Prior to becoming an RDN, I worked in a variety of roles in the fields of worksite wellness, community healthy education, and school nutrition. See more of my experience over on LinkedIn.

What kind of diet do you eat?

I don’t follow a diet but I eat pretty much everything! My balanced approach to eating took some time to understand and fully implement as I was thick in a pattern of disordered and binge-eating. For me, it was about seeing that there was more to life than worrying about how much I could eat at my next meal.

What are your favorite foods?

I love all kinds of food, but my current favorites include: True Food Kitchen’s Kale Salad, cucumbers, red peppers, Costco $2 hot dog specials, pineapple, truffle fries at The Henry, cucumbers, steak salads, my dad’s burgers on the grill, and tomato sandwiches with extra mayo. Yes, mayo. Get on my level.

Why #healthyateverysize?

I’ve made it my personal and professional mission to educate others on a simpler approach to finding health and balance. We’re inundated with messaging that tells us there is one, single body type to aspire to for optimal “health.” In reality, that doesn’t work for everybody. We all have different body structures, gut bacteria (true story!), cultural backgrounds, and lifestyles which will lead to different results for everyone. I’d rather shift the focus away from an outward appearance and to how health makes YOU feel.

What do you do in your spare time?

I fell in love with the outdoors when I moved to Arizona back in 2006, and can often be found hiking on the weekends. My husband and I love going for walks with our dog, trying new restaurants in our neighborhood of North Central Phoenix, and watching too many superhero movies. When I’m trapped in my car or sick of listening to music, I’ve become a fan of podcasts like The Nerdist, TED Radio Hour, You Made It Weird with Pete Holms, Spilled Milk, and The Girl Next Door. Go forth and listen! I also have about 1,000,001 books going on simultaneously from business books, self-help, fiction, and comic books. Fun fact: I was a closeted comic book fan since the age of 6 when I first discovered my brother’s Spiderman comic collection. My favorites include X-Men, Batman, and the magnificent and majestic Wonder Woman, Princess Diana of Themyscira. Yes, I’m beyond excited for the upcoming Wonder Woman movie and the reboot of The Justice League.