Nutrition Counseling & Self-Care Coaching
I help people discover the joy in eating and pursue health and well-being without focusing on their body weight. I use an approach called Health At Every Size® and treat every client with respect and compassion. This is a judgment-free zone.
Want to eat in a way that feels good and enhances your well-being? Are you looking for science-based and personalized nutrition information that doesn’t require eliminating tons of foods or going on a diet?
There is so much confusing information and advice about food, nutrition and health. If you’re looking for someone to listen to your needs and your preferences, I’m here to support you.
I’ve been an ethical vegan for more than a decade (learn about my story here) and help people eat more plant-based without dieting. Instead of using “plant-based” as code for “weight loss,” I’ll help you build a healthy relationship with food and your body.
There is a lot more to health than how much we weigh. Which is why I work with clients on habits such as intuitive eating, joyful movement, sleep, stress management and more.
We’ll talk through your current self-care routine and where you want to go. We’ll discuss any changes you want to make in your health and any struggles you’re currently facing.
Here are just some of the types of clients I work with:
- Current vegans and vegetarians (including pregnancy)
- People interested in eating more plant-based
- Those in recovery from eating disorders
- People with disordered eating
- Chronic dieters
- Individuals with chronic conditions such as PCOS, chronic pain and sleep apnea
- People with depression and anxiety
- Busy students and professionals
If you live in or near Chicago, we can meet in-person at my office in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago (conveniently located near the Belmont L stop). If you are unable to make it into the office or live outside the Chicagoland area, we can meet virtually via a secure videoconference.
The first step is to set up a complimentary introductory call so we can learn a bit more about each other and determine if we’re a good fit. Then we’ll schedule your initial session. Sessions are held in person in Chicago or conducted virtually, via a secure online videoconference.
Before the first session I’ll get you set up in your online client portal, where you will complete an agreement and information form.
Initial sessions are 60 minutes and cost $150. Follow-up sessions are 45 minutes and cost $125.
While I am not in-network with any health insurance plans, I can provide you a superbill to submit to your insurance for potential reimbursement.
I recommend calling your insurance and asking what they cover for nutrition services. Note that telehealth (if we meet over video) often is NOT covered by insurance.
You can pay with a credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover and Diners Club) through my secure online platform. While I have the ability to take HSA cards, that doesn’t always mean your HSA card issuer will approve the charge. I recommend calling your HSA card issuer and asking if they cover nutrition services.
HAES® is a weight-inclusive approach to health and social justice framework trademarked by the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH). HAES does not mean that everyone at every size is healthy, but rather that everyone, no matter their size, has the right to pursue health in ways that are meaningful to them. The five principles of HAES are: weight inclusivity, health enhancement, respectful care, eating for well-being and life-enhancing movement.
Intuitive Eating is a non-diet approach and model that has been in more than 75 research studies. It promotes sustainable healthy lifestyle habits and prioritizes internal cues rather than body weight and external factors. The 10 principles of intuitive eating are: ditch the diet mentality, honor your hunger, make peace with food, challenge the food police, respect your fullness, discover the satisfaction factor, honor your feelings without using food, respect your body, exercise using joyful movement and honor your health with gentle nutrition.
Of course! My approach is inclusive of everyone and we can work through your body and weight concerns together. We will talk through your experiences and feelings and create a plan to help you feel your best.
Absolutely! Research shows that including an abundance and variety of plant foods in one’s eating pattern is associated with many health benefits. I can help you learn ways to incorporate more plant foods into your day in delicious, easy ways without dieting or food rules.
Of course! Many of my vegan or vegan-curious clients are looking for help covering their nutrient needs and may not need help with body image.
This is a very nuanced situation. It’s important to work with a professional who can assess and guide you along the way to ensure your mental health is always the top priority. I can help you determine if this is a smart choice for you right now and if it is, we can develop strategies that come from a place of care and compassion rather than restriction.
Sound good? Let’s set up your free introductory call!
With 6 years of experience in research and communications for the world’s largest food and nutrition organization, I bring timely and factual information to a wide variety of audiences through clear and concise writing.
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My skills in project management, communications and counseling, as well as my expertise in plant-based nutrition and weight-inclusive health care, make me a dynamic consultant for a variety of project needs.