My passion for nutrition came from playing sports growing up (mainly soccer and cheerleading). I recognized what I ate played a big part in how I performed. I wanted to perform her best so thus began the journey into the world of nutrition. I majored in Nutrition and Food Science at Auburn University (War Eagle!), went on to become a Registered Dietitian, and discovered how much I love helping people transform their lives by taking care of themselves, body, mind, soul, and spirit.
What’s the one supplement you take every day and why?
I take 3: a probiotic for a healthy gut, my prenatal supplements because I am still nursing my daughter, (I love the Metagenics Wellness Essentials Pregnancy pack we offer at the Centre because it has everything I need in one pack so this new mommy brain can remember to take it all), and digestive enzymes for good digestion.
What’s one bad health habit you had to break?
Peanut butter M&Ms. Oh my gosh, I loved those things. I still do, but I have better control now. I used to grab a bag when I would go to Target (which we all know can be quite often) and eat the whole thing in a few days. I had to do a little sugar detox to curb that craving. Now I love to enjoy them on special occasions!
What’s your favorite way to break a sweat/workout that you’re obsessed with?
I love to run and do yoga. I love running as it clears my mind, gets my heart pumping, and gives me a chance to be outside. I love to do yoga as it centers my mind, opens my heart, and aligns my body. I love my yoga studio, Infinity Yoga, which is right across the street from the Centre.
Name one health tip you think every woman should know.
One piece of encouragement I share with each of my clients as you work towards your best health is that there will be times of forward progress and times of setbacks. It is part of the journey. Celebrate the successes, extend grace during the setbacks, and keep going. The key is to understand that it will take time. In understanding that, you can find freedom in the process and strength to stay on the journey.
How do you spend your time when you’re not at the Centre?
You will find me marveling at how fast my 10-month-old daughter is growing up (time please slow down!), doing house and yard projects with my husband (we just moved into a new home), running, or attending my favorite yoga class. You may catch me trying a new recipe while drinking a glass of rosé as well.
What is your favorite guilty ‘cheat’ treat and how do you balance this in your diet?
I’m a sucker for chips and salsa, anytime, anywhere. I balance it by making this my carbohydrate for my meal. I make half of my plate full of non-starchy vegetables, one fourth protein, and the other fourth is chips and salsa!