After over 6 years of eating a whole food plant based diet, I reversed my health problems, lost over 30 pounds, increased my energy and stamina, and finally found peace with food. Because of the enormous impact this lifestyle change has had on my life, I was determined to find a way to spread the word. After completing my Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate at eCornell, I am now prepared to offer my services as a nutritional coach.
What is a whole foods plant-based diet?
A WFPB diet includes a variety of delicious plant-based foods such as potatoes, rice, beans, pasta, fruit, and vegetables, and excludes the consumption of all animal products and processed foods, which have been shown to be the cause of a vast majority of health problems.
Do I have to be 100% plant-based with this coaching?
Of course not! My goal is to help you incorporate more plant-based foods into your life - it's that simple. The more you add, the more benefits you'll see. If you want to be 100% plant-based, that's great, but I find that most people prefer to ease into a healthier lifestyle without making a dramatic change overnight. I am here to meet you where you are, and help you achieve your goals.
I need to lose weight. Is a WFPB diet the right fit for me?
Absolutely. I have lost over 30 pounds effortlessly with this lifestyle. With whole plant foods, calorie restriction is a thing of the past. You can eat as much as you desire - never go hungry - and still lose weight. Your cravings for unhealthy foods will slowly disappear, and you'll find yourself feeling at peace with food, in a way that's not possible with other weight loss plans.
What specific benefits did you experience with the incorporation of a plant-based diet?
My ADD completely disappeared, and I was able to stop taking the medication I had been on for over 20 years! My attention span is better than it has ever been. My digestive problems were eliminated, along with my chronic fatigue and hypothyroidism. My skin has completely cleared up, and I no longer struggle with acne and hyper pigmentation (melasma). Strange enough, my personality has changed. I'm more peaceful and patient, less anxious, and more comfortable in my own skin. My favorite benefit is my renewed relationship with food. I only crave healthy food now - I don't require cheat meals or splurges, and it's effortless to stay on track. I used to feel so out of control with baked goods and chocolate, and now I have no desire to eat those things. Weight loss is simply another side effect; I've reached a slim weight with minimal exercise and without calorie restriction.
My rate for nutritional coaching is $100 per hour and $50 per half hour. I am available on FaceTime or Skype, and I have office hours available on Saturdays, Mondays, and Fridays in Franklin, TN. As your coach, I will be available to point you in the right direction during your journey.
After your initial consultation, I will email you an extensive list of plant-based resources which includes websites and videos that provide scientific evidence of the benefits of plant-based nutrition. I can also provide recipes and meal ideas for individuals, families, and children. My goal is to provide you with the information and tools you need to make healthy lifestyle changes on your own, and I will be available as needed. Many clients only need a few consultations; others require more to stay on track.
Please note that nutritional coaching is completely separate from my counseling services. However, the benefit of choosing a trained counselor as your health coach is my ability to determine your need for therapeutic services if any blocks arise during your health journey. I can either begin working with you as your therapist (if you are located in TN), or refer you to a therapist (if you're not located in TN, or if you prefer a different therapist). Changing the food we eat is definitely a mental game, especially in the beginning. We often know what changes we need to make, but taking those first steps can be incredibly challenging.