My Coaching Background:
Certified Plant Based Nutritionist
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
NASM Certified Behavior Change Specialist
NASM Certified Nutrition Fitness Specialist
Beachbody Ultimate Portion Fix Master Coach
Nerd Fitness Online Nutrition and Fitness Coach
I founded a website called Raw Is Sexy® in 2009 to help others easily incorporate more natural, whole plant based foods into their daily lives. What I learned on my journey has transformed my health, my life and the lives of those around me and I’m thrilled to be able to share that with you!
THE ROAD WASN’T EASY
I wasn’t always the picture of vibrant health. I didn’t always feel sexy or confident in my own skin. Now that I’ve been plant-based for almost a decade, people I meet usually assume that I’ve always looked good. Not the case. I used to joke that any “bad” photos of me were eaten by a tiger (because I wouldn’t share them with anyone), but in fact they were just being saved for the right time, so that I could share them with you. By being transparent about my struggle and journey – I can save you time, frustration, despair and heartache. I can save you from having to walk a similar path and if you are currently on that path, I can help you get off of it. Here is a flashback of a good 8-10 years of yo-yo dieting and battling with my weight.
I struggled with food for years. I had a raging sweet tooth and always felt out of control when it came to processed sweets. It was difficult for me to have just one cookie or donut; I wanted to have six. I would eat heavier foods like pizza and pasta and never felt satisfied. I always felt uncomfortably full and then I would feel bad about myself.
I also struggled with emotional eating, stress eating and binge eating. It was a destructive cycle. My weight continually went up and down. I tried everything from shakes to fad diets to fat burner pills. I’d get some results and lose some weight, but the moment I stopped taking the pills or drinking the shakes, the weight returned. I learned that there was no such thing as a quick fix. I thought I was eating healthy. I assumed that my metabolism was slowing down – but I knew there had to be another answer. Something inside me told me that this couldn’t be it. There had to be a solution.
After much searching and research…
I DISCOVERED A PLANT BASED LIFESTYLE!
I slowly transitioned to a plant based lifestyle. I was eating as much as I wanted, and the weight was disappearing. My energy levels skyrocketed. My seasonal sinus infections disappeared. I felt satiated after eating because my body was getting the nutrition it needed. I need to mentally feel great about what I am eating and with fruits and vegetables, feeling great is the only option. When I saw the weight coming off naturally, I knew I had found the solution.
The other amazing part of a whole food plant based lifestyle is that it’s the only diet or way of living that is scientifically proven to reverse and prevent heart disease.
I eat a whole food, plant based diet which gives me the variety and flexibility I need to sustain a healthy lifestyle for LIFE!
I lost 30 lbs and have kept it off for over a decade!
Fueled with a new found inspiration and fire, I obtained my certification as a Personal Trainer and became certified in Plant Based Nutrition to help others in the same way that I had been helped. I also became certified in Behavior Change and obtained a Fitness Nutrition Specialization and through my studies and new healthy habits, was able to quit drinking as well as triumph over my eating disorder.
I’ve done the hard work to overcome my struggles with food for over ten years, and continue to put in the effort to work towards my new goals. With my own leveled up confidence, I participated in my first ever fitness competition! I also began trying out activities that I never would have thought I was capable of doing… like skydiving and ice climbing, and recently, completing my first half marathon in Newport, RI.
My passions have influenced my coaching methods and strengths. In fitness, I love supporting clients who are working towards functional fitness to be more active in life – from bodyweight training to rock climbing and hiking, endurance training to HIIT and circuit training, even physique coaching and at home workouts! My fitness knowledge is broad, and acumen in nutrition is just as impressive.
With a background in plant-based nutrition, I’m an ace for vegans or vegetarians, but my open approach and nutrition education allows me to successfully serve clients no matter their dietary preferences.
I’m passionate about helping others transform and become the absolute best version of themselves and strive to be a Coach who is approachable, judgment-free, and understanding. With each client, I explores various fitness, nutrition, and mindset goals that suit your lifestyle and help craft a plan to incrementally adjust your behavior. I understand that the journey of getting healthy is one with ups and downs – and that’s normal! I’ll help you discover methods that are sustainable, and share my own tips and tricks along the way.
Living a healthy lifestyle is what helps me to feel sexy, strong and confident in my own skin. My goal is to help everyone quit the crazy fad diets and yo-yo diets and find peace within and on their plate. There is zero judgment here. Only the desire to see you become the very best version of you. Your health is too important to let one more day pass you by.
It would be an honor to coach you on your journey!