I was humbled when SD Voyager Magazine reached out to me, saying they wanted to interview me for their "inspiring stories series" as part of the local entrepreneurs, professionals, and community leaders in San Diego. I love to help inspire others in entrepreneurship and especially as it relates to nutrition and fitness. So, of course I said YES!!
I've always had a passion for health, nutrition and fitness. It started at an early age and continued to blossom while running Varsity Cross Country and Track in high school. I saw the direct correlation of what I put into my body and my sports performance. I went on to study Nutritional Science with a focus on Dietetics and Minor in Chemistry at the University of Arizona and graduated Cum Laude in 2007.
I successfully completed my Dietetic Internship at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and passed my Registered Dietitian Exam in 2008. I have been working as a Registered Dietitian (certified through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) for 11 years now. I became a Certified Personal Trainer (certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine) in 2010. I have so much passion for helping others heal their bodies through nutrition, lifestyle behavior modifications and fitness.
My private practice, Nutrition For Body and Mind is focused on lifestyle behavior modifications, fitness, overall wellness, sports nutrition tactics, pregnancy nutrition, supplementation protocols, hydration needs and customized nutrition plans to accomplish your goals and address food allergies or nutrition-related disease-specific concerns. I focus on intuitive eating to create a healthy relationship with food and your body that will give you long-lasting energy and help meet your weight goals.
I emphasize pre and post-workout nutrition, pregnancy-specific nutrition needs, portion control, nutrition facts label reading, dining out strategies, travel nutrition, and personalized macronutrient needs, which give you the tools to enable you to have a healthy relationship with food to nourish your body the right way!
I don’t believe in diets. There is no “one fits all” approach with nutrition. Each person has specific and individualized nutrition needs based on height, weight, goal weight, age, activity level, and past medical history. I provide customized nutrition based on these factors, which is one thing that sets me apart as a Registered Dietitian.
I was honored to be selected and happy to share my story with SD Voyager Magazine and the community. I hope that it helps to inspire and motivate others to continue to strive for success and reach for their dreams in their professional and personal lives. Remember that it is about progress, not perfection. There will be obstacles or "speed bumps" along your journey, but it is about persevering through even the toughest storms.
Each day I wake up thinking about the things that I am grateful for and I write down at least 3 major things that I want to accomplish in the day. If your "to-do" list is too long, then you might not be able to accomplish all of the items on your list, and feel that you didn't meet your goals. It's all about staying focused, living in the moment and working hard but also making time for the quiet moments to recharge and hit the "reset button" so that you're ready to tackle the next day with the same high energy level.
Check out my full interview with SD Voyager Magazine here: (thanks again for the shoutout!)