I spent my childhood watching a family member get shamed, blamed and bullied for their weight and food choices by doctors, family, friends, strangers, and society at large. All it did was perpetuate an unhealthy relationship with food and their body. It upset me SO much that I thought, “I’m going to become a Dietitian Nutritionist so I can prevent this with other people,” but what I meant was, by shrinking bodies by all means necessary. I saw the BODY as the problem, not society. I subscribed to the idea for years that weight loss is the answer to everything and that people needed me to tell them exactly how to eat.
Spoiler alert! It never worked. Or maybe if by “worked” you mean made people (and me) miserable in the pursuit of intentional weight loss at the cost of mental health and a disordered relationship with food, then yes it worked.
Eventually, I woke up (actually it was more of a slow, painful, process you can read the WHOLE story here!) and I began counseling clients (and approaching my own relationship with food) in a totally different way. When we stopped focusing solely on weight, we started REALLY talking about the REAL stuff:
- Emotions around food
- What has it been like to exist in their body?
- If consistently eating when not hungry, what are we really hungry for?
- Does their body really need to change, or does society?
- How does the world make it hard for them to exist in their hear/now body?
- Addressing anxiety and fear around food
- What’s the false hope that dieting gives and why do they keep going back?
- What is their “soul food” i.e. what people, places or things make them feel alive?
This approach improves physical, mental, and spiritual health, even if weight doesn’t change. With a weight inclusive, non-diet approach you may lose weight, you may stay the same, you may gain weight – the point is that we don’t focus on intentional weight loss as our intended outcome. We hold space for the desire for weight loss and get curious about it. We focus on putting health behaviors, including prioritizing mental health, FIRST (click here for more info!) and whatever happens with weight is what your body is meant to be at.
A large portion of my work is also inspired from my own food and body image struggles and the maturity and life lessons that come with getting sober at the age of 25, and becoming a yoga teacher along the way. There’s so much to be said about coping mechanisms, trauma and the body, and our relationship with how we care for and respect it. I get it, and I’m here for you on your healing journey!
When I’m not serving my amazing clients, you can almost always find me outside. Most likely my favorite place, the beaches of Cape Cod, MA, where I was born and raised! I also love hiking and connecting with nature, reading the latest self-help book, trying new restaurants or spending the weekend cuddled up on the couch with my boyfriend, Eric, and our cat, Marshmallow. If you follow me on social media, you have surely seen her before with her cute little goattee and overbite!
I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who believes:
You CAN enjoy all foods
You CAN trust yourself with food
You CAN enjoy exercise
You CAN feel better about your body
You are MORE than your body
Life is too short to stress over food
Health is about WAY more than what’s on our plate
When we restrict our diet, we restrict our life
It’s my absolute passion to help people feel better with food and their bodies so they can focus on more important things in life like starting a business, falling in love, and saying YES to the life they want.
I’m so excited to get to know you better too. Follow me on Instagram and let me know what you’re saying YES to!
I am a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist as well as a Registered Yoga Teacher with a variety of health and wellness experience. I have worked at some of Boston’s top hospitals including Beth Israel Deaconess and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Connecticut, and in 2013 completed my Master’s coursework in Nutrition Education at Northeastern University.
I completed my 200 hour registered yoga teacher certification from Radiant Yoga Boston. With my passion for nutrition and yoga, I am able to help clients adopt wellness practices incorporating them both.
I’ve received training from some of the best dietitians in the field including Alissa Rumsey MS, RD, Evelyn Tribole MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, Marci Evans MS, CEDRD, cPT, and Lindsay Stenovec MS, RDN, CEDRDS.
Shanti Nutrition, LLC