Hi, I’m Amy! I live in beautiful Lexington, KY, with my husband and little boy. I became fascinated with the field of nutrition when I realized how widespread nutrition misinformation had become. In a world where banner ads provide tips about how to get rid of belly fat, clarity is needed. Gluten-free for all? Paleo? Keto? Dairy-free? Full-fat dairy?? It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin.
After a couple degrees, I thought I had it figured out. Moderation, variety, balance…not to mention a healthy dose of willpower and accountability…was the key to health and happiness. But what I eventually realized was that counseling my clients in this way and trying to practice what I preached was not working. It may not have been a fad diet, but it was definitely a diet mentality.
That’s when I found intuitive eating and all of a sudden it clicked. Living with a diet mentality has you always eating in what I call the “context of restriction.” We are always either currently restricting something, have just stopped restricting something, or are planning to restrict something in the future. This can make you feel completely out-of-control around food! Of course you find yourself eating like it’s your last supper. Certain foods are on a pedestal for you BECAUSE they are restricted from you.
But there is a different way of eating besides “watching what you eat” or “eating everything and anything in sight.” It’s called intuitive eating.
The principles of intuitive eating healed my own relationship with food and I’ve seen them do the same for many clients.
Intuitive eating is a self-care eating framework that rejects the diet mentality. As I slowly stopped weighing myself and counting calories, I was scared…mostly of gaining weight! But what I started to learn was that our focus on weight has actually caused more harm than good by way of weight cycling, weight stigma, and disordered eating. The pursuit of weight loss can wreak havoc on a person’s physical AND mental health!
The journey of eating intuitively taught me to speak compassionately to myself, to give myself space to explore what aspects of food and nutrition were truly important to me, and to RELAX around food so I could finally enjoy it without being stuck in the black hole of counting calories, justifying splurges, and planning compensatory workouts.
And yes, you can still benefit from intuitive eating EVEN IF you’ve been told you need to lose weight for a health condition such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).
I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2016 after having struggled with the symptoms for years. But it wasn’t until I adopted intuitive eating that I finally started to see restoration and healing. Two years after starting my intuitive eating journey and one year after discontinuing birth control, I experienced regular cycles for the first time and became pregnant. I believe that if I had continued restricting myself around food that I may not have been able to achieve this.
I would love to introduce you to intuitive eating and be your partner on your journey to a relationship with food you thought you could never have.
For more on how I practice or to apply to work with me or a team member, view my services page.
Hi there! I’m Jaime – a registered dietitian and New Jersey native currently residing in Oklahoma with my fiance and our two-year-old red lab, Leo. I am passionate about helping individuals find freedom around food and their bodies and reconnect with their authentic self.
I believe that nutrition and health are just one aspect of our being, and should be used to nurture our life, not take away from it. In our work together, I will empower you to ditch diet culture rules, learn to trust your body’s innate wisdom, practice flexibility, and honor your health through gentle nutrition and self compassion.
I know all too well how overwhelming nutrition and health messages can be and how participating in diet culture robs us of our life, happiness, and well-being. I struggled for years with an obsession around food and nutrition and would feel so much guilt if I ate “too much” of one thing and “not enough” of another. I also experienced severe digestive distress which ultimately led to a lot of fear around food and my body. This led me into the field of nutrition and dietetics and has helped shape how I practice today.
I also know that each of our stories are different. Together, we will unpack your individual experiences with food, as well as the beliefs and judgments that impact your food decisions. You’ll learn to tune into your body’s internal cues and let go of the noise and messaging that only make things more confusing. We will use the evidence-based principles of intuitive eating, mindfulness, and a Health At Every Size® approach to honor your health and rediscover satisfaction and joy in eating.
I am now a big fan of going out to breakfast, homemade pizza nights, and getting ice cream in a fresh waffle cone. I enjoy supporting my body through gentle movement by going on long walks with Leo or hiking and skiing with friends. On a typical day, you’ll find me talking on the phone with family and friends or snuggled on my couch watching cheesy rom-coms or reality TV.
I have had the pleasure of supporting hundreds of clients as they rediscover intuitive eating and normalize their relationship with food, body, and movement. I am SO excited that you’re here, and can’t wait to be a part of your journey!
*Deep is currently not seeing clients and is solely functioning as a project administrator.*
Hi, I’m Deep! I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Project Manager currently working remotely out of Virginia, while my wife finishes her Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering (I’m very proud of her!). My mission is to help people live healthier and happier lives by teaching them how to ditch diet culture and restore their relationship with food!
Food is more than just nourishment for our bodies; food is a part of our happiness, food is ingrained in our childhood memories, food is an expression of the world around us and the culture of the people in it. So why then can it feel like an enemy at times? Welcome to the perils of diet culture and the massive industry in place to keep you from peace with your body and what you choose to put in it.
There are entire industries whose whole business models revolve around guilting and shaming us for what we eat and look like. That’s why it’s no surprise that many of us living in diet culture feel lost and frustrated with food and with ourselves for not meeting the near-impossible expectations set for us by society. In fact, dieting is hurtful and the weight cycling that results can be detrimental to your health and any health conditions you may have.
Don’t worry, there’s a solution. (Enter Intuitive Eating)
Intuitive eating is exactly what it sounds like; you learn to listen to what your body needs AND wants, NOT what diet culture wants. This can help prevent intense cravings and honestly just help you feel less stressed. In another world where diet culture didn’t exist, we would just call this eating.