Hello and welcome.
I’m Michelle- a kindhearted, quirky, wise, and stoic, secretly sensitive individual. I also happen to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Personal Trainer, Writer, and Energy Healer.
My life mantras is, “If it involves mountains, coffee, or adventure, count me in.” I’d also like to add my puppy, Everest, into that catchphrase as well. Fun fact- I received the superlative “Most likely to summit Mt. Everest” two times in my life! Hence the reason I named my favorite creature on this earth after my most exciting endeavor in this life. If I’m not involved with one of the four aforementioned activities, I’m most likely reading, writing, painting, walking, or soaking up esoteric podcasts- and doing any of these outdoors as much as possible. I was meant to be born in the mid-sixties, dream about living in a tepee out West, and love having deep conversations.
A true hippie at heart, in this life I’m just a wannabe artsy hipster who doesn’t realize her succulents from Aldi are real until four months later when they’re dead from dehydration. I think the concept of personality is absolutely fascinating and love taking all the quizzes-even stupid BuzzFeed ones. I refuse to leave the house without a book and/or journal and I am infinitely and wonderfully content with all forms of reading and writing. But, at the same time, I equally enjoy watching terribly angsty teenage tv shows like Vampire Diaries, ELITE, Riverdale and everything in between.
My nutrition/health & wellness philosophy is simple and sustainable for a general population, yet, nuanced and individualized for each client. I encourage whole foods for the gut, brain, and body, and permit “fun” foods for the soul. All foods and activities can fit into a healthy lifestyle, and education, and knowledge and intuition can empower an individual to achieve a balanced, sustainable lifestyle.
Most importantly, I’m a big believer in being who you are, un-apologetically. I know what it’s like to try and mold into the girl or boy that everyone “likes” to no avail, and it’s exhausting. So, in honor of National Eating Disorder week 2020, please, “Come as you are.” I will always show up for you as simply me.
Education and Professional Experience
I attended utopia for undergraduate school, otherwise known as, The University of Dayton, in Ohio. It’s truly a special place, where I majored in Nutrition and Dietetics. After, I attended Saint Louis University in Missouri and received my Master’s degree in Nutrition and Physical Performance, a fancy term for Sports Nutrition. Here, I also became a Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). As a practitioner, I specialize and enjoy working with two main struggles and/or niches including eating disorders/disordered eating, and complicated GI issues like autoimmune diseases, Mold and heavy metal toxicity, Candida, Lyme, SIBO, and IBS.
Writing Experience and Expertise
A couple weeks ago, I experienced a fleeting memory of wanting to be an author “when I grew up.” Fitting, because this past year, I decided to leave my conventional 9-5 clinical job as a dietitian to pursue writing and content creation. In third grade, I won a writing contest for a three page essay describing the experience of sucking on a peppermint using all five senses. I only add that because the subject of that essay cracks me up to this day. From there, I began writing for an online magazine in college, geared towards helping college kids navigate food and nutrition on their own for the first time. In graduate school, I was the first author of a thesis manuscript, “Short Term Effects of The Mediterranean Diet on Exercise Performance,” which was published in The Journal of American College of Nutrition. Additionally, I managed my own WordPress Blog site for two years before becoming a virtual assistant, writing, creating content, and marketing for two different companies. While I wholeheartedly value the relational aspect of counseling and working 1:1 with clients, writing eclipses my ability to reach, inspire, and help others heal in their own unique ways.
I always believed my purpose in this life included helping people. For a long time, I only considered conventional ways, which paved my path towards dietetics and guiding others to create more vibrant lives. Recently, I’ve realized I can help even more people through my words. Whether I’m receiving payment or not; whether it’s through my personal Blog or another brand’s magazine; whether it’s five hundred or ten thousand words- it’s all meaningful. I am still confident my purpose is to serve others, and I’m so thankful I’m being awakened to the infinite opportunities and ways to do so.