I laugh that I came out of the womb chubby. I grew up in a family where there was always junk food and fatty food around. We played a lot but we were not in organized sports. I continue to struggle with weight and image issues. To look at me now, you wouldn't think so. The choices I make keep me fit and healthy. Exercise, an integral part of my adult life, helps with food choices, weight maintenance, and my positive attitude. However, it is a continual effort to keep my physical, emotional and spiritual health a priority in my life.
I became a vegetarian in college and have been one since. (Well really a dessertatarian.) A common question I am asked is – “Do you feel healthier and have more energy since you became vegetarian?” Honestly, I don’t know it has been so long. As a source for information on vegetarian options including their health benefits and recipes, I began That’s Vegetarian, a blog and recipe videos available on YouTube.
I decided to go back to school when I needed a change of career. I evaluated my interests and since nutrition has been such a focus of mine for so many years, it seemed like the obvious choice. I enrolled in Institute for Integrative Nutrition to obtain a wealth of information on dietary theories and to become a Certificated Health Coach while completing the science prerequisites for the master's program in nutrition. I earned a Master's Degree in Nutritional Science from CUNY Hunter, completed a nine-month dietetic internship, and passed the national Registered Dietitian exam. I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), national, and Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN) in New York State. Read this link on why you need a RDN.
My diverse careers and interests have built a pool of knowledge and experience which I bring to my clients. I understand the importance of confidentiality and listening in coaching having worked with students and parents as a high school math teacher and tutor; with business owners as an administrative and HR consultant; and as a Weight Watchers leader.
It is a team effort of us working together for your success. Collaborating with people to help them achieve their goals has been the consistent theme of my life. Nutrition, physical, mental, and spiritual health in conjunction with cooking and baking have been a focus of mine since I was a teenager. My passions are combined in Epicure Nutrition.