I'm a Japanese American, born and raised in Missoula, MT. Throughout my childhood, I struggled with always looking different from my peers. I used food to comfort and numb my unease. My weight drastically yo-yoed throughout my life until I found the Intuitive Eating book and it changed my life forever. Not only did it direct my attention towards a nutrition degree, but I finally made peace with food and ended the war with my body.
I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in nutrition at Bastyr University in Washington state. After completing my Registered Dietitian Nutritionist certification, I've worked in in-patient and administrative settings within a large hospital. While these positions were great learning experiences, my desire to connect and help others was not being met. I knew my strength lay in one on one nutrition counseling.
So I became a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and started this nutrition therapy practice to help others heal their relationship with food and build self-love and trust. The primary goal of this therapy is to confront the thoughts and feelings that are connected to one's relationship with food and body and challenge them. This isn't a quick fix. This is a process of discovery and experimentation. It'll be hard work but we will do it together. I've lived this journey and I want to help you live it too.
Intuitive Eating is an eating framework that promotes a healthy relationship with food by rejecting dieting mentality by listening in to your body's signals on what/when/and how much to eat. It was created by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S and Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, FAND when they recognized how much harm counseling "weight loss" was causing their patients. These two nutrition therapists have pioneered the intuitive eating movement and brought peace and acceptance to millions. Elyse and Evelyn personally train all Certified Intuitive Eating Counselors.
There are over 50 years of research concluding that dieting doesn't work. Up to 95% of all diets fail and one of the strongest predictors of weight gain is the act of dieting. Weight cycling, losing and gaining weight from dieting, is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, inflammation, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance. So what can someone unhappy with their weight do?
It's time for a change in perspective. What if we focused on practices that support health and left weight out of the picture? Think about toddlers. Toddlers are free from society's messages about food and body image. They don't think about calories, carbs, or fat. They have zero food rules. Study after study shows that if you let a toddler eat spontaneously, they will eat only what they need when given free access. We are born with this innate wisdom. Our weight-centered societal messages mess us up, but we can get back to that through nutrition counseling and hard work!