I'm a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. In my fantasy, our house is white and bright with no clutter and rooms filled with tasteful pops of color and Pinterest-worthy decor, but in reality it is a happy chaos with lots of laughter and kitchen dance parties. I love to read, take classes of any kind, try new workouts, drink wine with friends, travel, cook new recipes and old favorites, fall into the rabbit hole of Instagram, and spend time with the crazy crew pictured, my friends, and family.  I also run a blog where I share vegetarian recipes, products, and wellness tips, Feed Me Greens.  
Don't be surprised if you see me eating pizza or drinking wine (because, balance!), however, the majority of the time I focus on making food choices that will help me feel my best.  I know from experience that making small changes in your life can make real, lasting differences. A few years ago, I realized that if I was being honest with myself, although I generally ate "healthy" and was active all day chasing little ones, I was too often in a bit of a negative mindset, anxious and worrying about things that didn't matter, getting out of shape, and unwinding by watching bad reality TV.
I made a few changes in my life, including waking up early, before the kids, to spend time on a few things that help keep me sane.  I found a work out program that I enjoyed, was able to stick to, and could do from home. I started every day with a green smoothie and got real about sticking to whole, real foods as much as possible. I finally enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and loved every minute of the year long program. I made other small changes too, over time, and ended up feeling better than I had in a long time.  I realized that although what we eat is very important, there are many aspects to health and as we go along our journeys, we need to continuously evaluate and challenge ourselves to be at our best!  Read more in My Philosophy.
 MY BACKGROUND 
My path to becoming a health coach was long and winding, but as I think back on it, everything that came before has only made me more ready for it now! I've always been a science nerd at heart, and majored in Zoology/Biology at Miami University in OH. After college I worked in Research and Development for Procter and Gamble, but eventually landed in a clinical research position with a company called Medpace, where I traveled and worked on pharmaceutical studies for 8 years.   
I've always been interested in trying to live and eat "healthy", but when I was younger, I wasn't educated on it, and what I ate was with an inappropriate end goal of looking a certain way (olestra and Diet Coke anyone?!), instead of focusing on how I felt and whether what I put in my body was actually fueling me. 
As time went on, I learned more and more about nutrition and just how important it is, for so many reasons.  During my years working in the clinical research industry, I saw firsthand that many people were reliant on medications to control their diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, and many other common health issues plaguing Americans today. In many of the studies I worked on, patients would partake in a "dietary lead-in" where they followed a basic TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet, and I observed that many had incremental improvements in their diagnosed conditions, some to the point where they no longer qualified for the investigational trial. It got me thinking about how what we eat can affect our health in so many ways. 
 
After leaving the clinical research industry, I finally decided to follow my heart and passion, and enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), where I completed training to become a certified health coach. At IIN, I studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. I finally feel like I am following a true passion and I hope to share it with you! 
WHAT I DO
I work with groups and individuals, to guide them to becoming a healthier version of themselves, in order to live each day more fully!  Okay but what does that really mean?!  Learn more on my Services page and in my blog post about Health Coaching.
My biggest passions include vegetarian cooking and incorporating more unprocessed foods (see more at my blog Feed Me Greens), getting people into the kitchen (kids too!), and helping people to find more energy. I love teaching cooking classes, as well as working with clients to find ways to create new habits that will move them forward into feeling their best.
I don't advocate any specific diet, or counting calories. Although I eat vegetarian, I don't force that on anyone or advocate it across the board. I believe that we are each unique, and that what works for one person may not be great for another. What I DO believe in is eating more real, whole and unprocessed foods.  Letting your body operate optimally by giving it the micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals that nature has to offer. 
I will help you dig deeper to see what will work best for YOU, and get you taking small, manageable steps to feeling and looking better, living longer and fuller.  Health coaching is not about telling someone what they should or shouldn't do, but rather about co-creating personalized actions, based on your goals, to move you toward your ideal vision of health within your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and more. 
Read more in My Philosophy.