As a Nutrition Therapist and Certified Intuitive Eating Coach with a background in both nutrition science and psychology, I guide people to find their own philosophy of eating which results in freedom and empowerment around food and weight issues. I consider myself an “anti-diet” dietitian, and my orientation
I am also certified as a Natural Chef, offering personal chef services for those with special dietary needs and health conditions that require therapeutic foods and diets to heal and promote wellness. I also cook for families and individuals who want simple, healthy home-cooked meals with no dietary restrictions.
I went on my first diet at 18 after living abroad and gaining weight as an exchange student. I lived in Switzerland and used cheese and chocolate to sooth my homesickness and culture shock. I gained a lot of weight that year and as soon as I came back home, I was determined to lose the weight. I joined Weight Watchers and became a professional dieter. After many years of dieting, I began to notice that my weight loss was not sustainable, and in fact, I started to gain weight. The more I dieted, the more obsessed with food I became and, ironically, the more weight I seemed to gain. Deep down, I knew something was not right; I knew dieting was only going to further disconnect me from my body and lead to a sad and isolated life.
My soul searching began in college when I picked up the book, Intuitive Eating; finally I could begin to get off this diet roller coaster hell and begin to reclaim my life. It took me a few years to let go of the addiction to dieting and internalized body shame. I’m grateful to have worked with very talented therapists and mentors who showed me the way out and the way back to my truth. I’m happy to report that finding peace and freedom from food and weight worries is possible. And, as the saying ‘pay it foward’ goes, it’s a deep honor to be of service and inspire others towards their own recovery.
Intuitive eating is now the prevention and treatment for all forms of disordered eating. It is now widely recognized that “diet’s don’t work,” and in fact most cause weight gain, and disordered eating (over the long term). Intuitive eating and mindful eating help restore trust with ones body, decrease emotional eating and improve ones overall health.
I teach people how to reconnect to the wisdom of their bodies, helping them to recognize their physical hungers, as well as how to work with emotional hungers so that they can finally get off the yo-yo diet roller coaster.
I help people to reclaim their birth right to enjoy food and eating without having to ever go on a diet again. Without having to feel guilty for eating and without having to apologize for taking up space in the world. Your body is not an apology.
I treat all forms of disordered eating, clinical eating disorders as well as preventative and general nutrition issues.
Also, important to note that my intention is to provide a safe space for all people, all shapes and sizes, all ages, all faiths, all genders, all ethnicities/race and sexual orientations. I want to model an inclusive space for everyone I work with to feel safe, seen and heard.
It’s important for me to acknowledge my many privileges, including my body size, my skin color, my educational background, my sexual orientation, my gender identity (she/her), and my class in society. It is a privilege to teach and practice intuitive eating.
In my personal and professional life, I am a seeker of truth and am always learning and unlearning in hope of growing and expanding in my awareness.
My offices are in San Francisco, Oakland and Napa, California.
I also meet with folks virtually all over the world.
Work With Me
Intuitive eating coaching is for you if you are sick of dieting and sick of hating your body. You are tired of feeling trapped on the diet roller coaster and tired of constantly obsessing about food. You wish you could break out of this vicious cycle and really learn how to trust your body again. You know you need a different approach but are not sure how to make the change on your own. As your coach, I’ll help you to break free from the dieting trap so that you can finally find peace and freedom.
As a personal chef and a dietitian nutritionist, I cook for busy families and individuals who want to eat healthy home cooked meals. I also cook for folks with specific dietary challenges such as food allergies, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets. Services
I currently offer in-person sessions in the San Francisco, Oakland, and Napa California areas. I am available for virtual sessions around the world.