Hi! Thanks for taking the time to come over to my website! I wanted to introduce myself and share how Nutrition & Grace came about. I am a wife and mom to 2 boys ages 7 & 8 – feeding my 3 guys while juggling our busy schedule is definitely my biggest nutrition challenge, but I find a lot of joy in it (usually!). I enjoy good food, exercising, spending time with friends and family and reading.
When I chose nutrition as my major in college, I had no idea what a dietitian did… but I thought nutrition was really interesting and wanted to learn more. As I took upper level classes (and managed to survive the insane science classes that were part of the core curriculum), I realized that it was a field I was interested in pursuing and applied for internships after graduation to help me meet the requirements to sit for the Registered Dietitian exam. Not long after graduating from Texas A&M in 2003, I started my internship and graduate school at Texas Women’s University and found that it really was a good fit for my interests! I loved learning how the body works, how disease affects it and how nutrition can have a great impact on health, especially preventing and managing chronic disease. Admittedly, I subconsciously hoped I would find the holy grail of being at the “perfect” weight and having the “perfect” diet. Over the last 17 years of professional and even more so personal trial and error, I have had a major shift in perspective. Now, instead of wanting to achieve an unattainable appearance that would probably never be good enough, my focus is on how I can best nourish my body to function at its best and have a healthy relationship with food. I love sharing evidence-based principles with others. I believe there is a time and place for weight loss, but having a healthy mental approach is essential from the start. Lasting, long term change happens best with small, gradual steps building on each other over time. I try to help people move away from all or nothing thinking and focus on one or two manageable steps at a time, knowing that we are all human beings that won’t get it perfectly all the time. I don’t like to think of food as “good” or “bad”, “clean” or “unclean” but as something to be enjoyed and leveraged well to support good health.
After working for other businesses for so many years, I finally decided to make the leap to open my own practice – something I never thought I’d have the guts or opportunity to do. My goal is to offer grace to you in your health journey so you can offer grace to yourself. Pursuing health is a marathon, not a sprint. I hope to write more here and would love to hear what topics would be interesting and helpful for you, so feel free to comment with suggestions!