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Hi!  I am Stephanie.

What really fills me up is helping you gain perspective on the healthiest and happiest version of yourself,  and to find the peace of mind that it may not look how you thought it would.  My mission is to help you find your optimal wellness by cultivating realistic food and lifestyle habits to support your goals and needs. 

I am a certified nutritional therapy practitioner, but by no means "a picture perfect nutritionist".  I don't expect to fit into a size 2, nor was that ever my goal.  I strive to fill my life with health, love, and experiences fueled by nutrient dense, delicious, colorful food.  

 
With all the things in this big world that I can't control; I can harness love and respect for this perfectly imperfect bod, and you can for yours, too.
 
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After years of struggle,

trial and error, severe food sensitivities, IBS, thyroid disease, crippling bouts of hopelessness, fear and doubt, I’ve finally embraced a healthy relationship with my body that does not depend on a number on the scale.  

I feed it beautiful, nutritious food that I make with love and care.  I take it for walks, adventures and show it many wondorous things.  I nourish it with all the love I can, and make self care a priority, not a best case scenario.  I surround myself with good people, get quality sleep, and work to allieviate the toxic load I'm exposed to.

With all the things in this big world that I can’t control; I can harness love and respect for this perfectly imperfect bod, and you can for yours too.  

The Long and the Short:

I am in love with food, family and my life (in no particular order (but, I do really love food)).  It was only a handful of years ago that I was crippled by depression, fear and self-loathing.  My progress from then to present day more accurately resembles an EKG graph than a straight line to badass.  

Like most things,  I have to show up for, and recommit to momentum daily.  This commitment is reinforced with the daily practice of healthy habits, honing in on mindset, and having help.  

I was on the sidelines of what could be mistaken for my life, smoking a cig and afraid to try for anything better. Despite having an incredible, handsome, and fabulous life partner, I was paralyzed by fear and felt undeserving.  I was full of excuses as to why I couldn’t participate in physically demanding adventures (like gentle walks in flat woods).  I was not confident on my own two feet, or in my own skin.   

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 "...the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin
 
 
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It wasn’t going to work.

As Anais Nin so aptly put it,  "...the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."  I remember that day.  It was hard, but I had help. My imperfect, but consistent efforts to show up for change got easier to muster. 

It all started with healthy movement.  I went from walking, to hiking, to elliptical-ling to cross-fitting. I crossfit, but I am not 'fit'.  I rock out in the garage gym, hustling my little (big) ass off.  I am grateful for every single plump sweat angel I imprint as I peel myself off the floor.  That's how I show up. 

After movement, then came food.  I went from weight watchers at age 12, to disordered control/ binging behavior through my mid 20's, trying all the weird diets and frankenfood protocols.  I found Whole30 which forever changed my relationship to food.

 
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Food had always been my obsession, but not in this way.   I felt incredible.  I had accomplished what I'd always assumed was an impossible feat- and felt inspired to run with it.  I sunk my teeth into every nutrition book I could get my hands on and set off to cultivate the healthiest and happiest life I could. 

I was driven toward my purpose to help you, help yourself.  I've spent the last several years in school as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and taking culinary classes.  I want to give you the nutrients your body needs and make it taste damned good.  While I do share recipes, recipes can only get you so far.  I empower people to have confidence to get in the kitchen and whip up something beautiful using what you have, no recipe needed.  Getting proper nutrition is life changing, but is actually sustainable because food is delicious, not just nutritious. 

It’s been a long road, and it's never going to be done.  Life is a continuous evolution and our goals evolve as we do.  I look forward to helping you gain traction towards your happiest and healthiest self.  

 
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Credentials and Schooling

Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Class of 2017 -  Learn More:  Nutritional Therapy Association

Culinary AA (in progress) - Learn More: Cascade Culinary Institute

Marketing/New Media Certificate, 2013 - Learn More: Empowered UCLA Ext. Marketing and New Media

Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Politics, 2008 - Learn More: University of California, Santa Cruz