“I lost 44 pounds and kept it off for 30 years”I did lose a significant amount of weight – 44 pounds – on the Weight Watchers plan, and have kept it off for over 30 years. When working for Weight Watchers, I noticed that it was really important to keep our clients eating packaged food products, and there was not very much information about nutrition or whole, fresh foods. I was sure there was a better way to be healthy so that I could live out my Second Act on my own terms, and make a difference in the lives of others, healthy and strong.
“Real food matters”So, I went back to school to become a dietician and mental health counselor – and earned dual Masters of Science degrees in Nutrition and Clinical Health Psychology from one of the top Medical Schools in the United States. I’m not just ANY dietitian (a fancy name for a nutritionist!). I am a whole-foods based clinical nutritionist, and have learned first hand that eating real food matters. I was also trained as a mental health counselor, since it matters to me HOW people change. I learned how to help people find their own reasons and how to move through obstacles for making change – and I’m good at it. I also believe its not what you eat but HOW you eat. I’m a Certified Yoga Instructor and yoga educator, registered with the Yoga Alliance. I embrace a mindfulness practice in my own life, and have used Mindful Eating as THE WAY to manage my own weight – effortlessly, for over 25 years. I’ve learned that managing weight is complex, subtle, personal. It’s work, and it’s practice. Having a Mindful Nutritionist by your side is what you need to help you sort out what to eat, how to eat, and why it matters. PS: eating mindfully has other benefits. Practicing mindful eating helps you live your life awake, aware and alive! Every bite, just like every moment, is precious – gone in an instant, to be savored, enjoyed, lingered over. Mindful eating helps you be engaged in life, in touch with the world around you, inspired and alive. It’s a practice, and you get better and better at it. PPS: the average woman in this country spends 31 years of her life on a diet. Wouldn’t you rather start living, and stop DIEting? Other things that you should know about me include my professional career as a health care executive with a 50,000 employee hospital system, where I designed one of the most successful and progressive employee wellness programs offered. I worked at the Puget Sound VA Medical Center as a program manager for the MOVE (managing overweight veterans everywhere) program, and helped hundreds of Veterans lose weight, manage diabetes, and other medical conditions through diet and exercise. I was a therapist at a Seattle, WA community mental health agency and worked with many types of clients, helping them get better. I was an executive with Weight Watchers and designed programs and services helping thousands of customers. I was a Weight Watchers meeting leader for 15 years helping to inspire thousands of members to lose weight.