After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, I spent over 10 years working in New York City as a publicist for some of the most highly acclaimed chefs and restaurants in the country. From Tom Colicchio of Craft restaurants and Bravo’s Top Chef, to The Chew co-host, Iron Chef Michael Symon, I had the best unofficial schooling possible when it came to food and cooking. It was a killer gig that let me write about, talk about, and constantly indulge in incredible food made by chefs at the top of their game. Crazy, fun times!
I didn’t have much of an off-switch back then, so the long hours and parade of over-the-top meals and boozy late nights caught up with me. My tendency towards anxiety was flaring up too. Despite an interest in nutrition and efforts to make healthy choices outside of work dinners, more often than not, I felt puffy and exhausted. Any motivation to cook and eat well was long gone by 8pm. I’d zombie-out in front of the TV with take-out or loads of low-fat Triscuits and cheese.
I dealt with major digestive ick, including an ulcer, an IBS diagnosis, and a string of visits to gastroenterologists and other specialists for seemingly random symptoms, from skin issues to sinus infections. I felt like anything I ate was going to send my stomach into a tailspin (a total buzzkill for someone whose career revolves around eating!). I got plenty of prescription drug suggestions, but no real answers.
Through my own digging and experimentation, I started connecting the dots between my eating habits, thought patterns, and the way I was feeling. As a skeptic who long-considered anything “holistic” as new age, woo-woo crap, discovering this connection was a revelation. I didn’t go on a juice cleanse or sit on a meditation pillow for an hour a day; I just started making simple but surprisingly effective changes in what I ate and, equally important, how I ate. It was frustrating early on – there’s so much conflicting advice out there! But I was determined to heal my out-of-whack digestive system and to make healthy eating coexist with my love for food and a busy social life.
I got hooked. My curiosity and passion for health and the wide wonderland of wellness had taken the front seat in my life. So, I made the leap and enrolled in The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied holistic nutrition and kicked off my health coaching career. Drawing on my personal experience, nutrition education and excitement for the joys of cooking and eating, I’m here to guide and support you in living the healthy life you want. Find out more about my approach, and check out the ways we can work together.
In addition to coaching, I’m a cookbook writer and recently co-authored two cookbooks with one of New York’s top chefs, Marco Canora. Brodo: A Bone Broth Cookbook explores the health benefits, history, and how-tos of making bone broth, and A Good Food Day includes a ton of useful nutrition tips and 125 super tasty recipes for everyday cooking that give you a ton of ideas and inspiration for consistently eating well without depriving yourself of the pleasure of good food.
I’ve also contributed to xoVain, Birchbox.com and Refinery29 and hosted wellness workshops at companies including Birchbox and Pure Barre.
SOME EXTRA TIDBITS
- I have an inner health-nut (that loves dark green leafy things) and food hedonist (helloooo all the Melty Cheesy Things!). Most of the time, they happily coexist.
- I’m full-time gluten-free (that digestive ick I mentioned before? Yep), a part-time meat-eater and a 100% plant food-lover. And no, I don’t necessarily think this is exactly how you need to eat too. The point is finding out what’s best for you!
- I’m a Texan at heart, though I now split my time between two cities I love, Chicago and New York. I get my kicks cooking, writing, dancing, reading, seeing live music, and spending time with friends and family over a great meal. Especially when guacamole and good cocktails are involved.
If you’re interested in how we might work together, contact me to schedule a free, 15-minute Q&A session where we’ll talk about your goals and how I can help you get there.