Fat Grams and Fudge Rounds
I can recall standing in front of the pantry in my childhood home reading the nutrition label for fat grams in a fudge round. I wondered how many was too many to eat, because they were just. so. good. Counting the fat grams in the 2 or 3 that I ate (in one sitting) never stopped me from eating them, but I do recall feeling a slight twinge of guilt, because I knew it was probably too many. The fact of the matter is, they were a hot commodity in my house and if I didn't eat 2 or 3 in a sitting, once everyone else knew they were there, they would be gone! Later, as a dietitian I would learn, it's NOT about the fat grams, one fudge round really is too many because it's full of processed crap, AND if I really felt I needed to have one, just have ONE and enjoy it. No need to worry about if everyone is going to eat them all, because there's this place called a store where more could be purchased, if necessary. Boy, the things you learn in school.
I didn't always want to be a dietitian. Honestly, I didn't really even know what one was until I had already picked the major. The second I saw "food and nutrition" in the thick college catalog (because let's be honest, the internet really wasn't a big thing yet) I was sold. I eat food, I read labels, this is my calling!!!! Little did I know what I was getting into and little did I know, I had just selected the absolute perfect path.
It's a lot to handle...alone
Eating the right foods, managing your stress level and doing your best to manage your household or your job outside the home, can be a lot to handle. I don’t care who you are or how super you are, something always has to give. Just because you already KNOW what you are supposed to be doing, doesn't make it EASY. Knowing also doesn't translate to DOING, sometimes you need someone to help get you on track and organized. Let someone else help take the load off and help you get back on track.
Get to Your Point Angela
For well over a decade, I have been helping clients prioritize their life to reach optimal health. Yes, you heard it right, prioritizing, not dieting. Optimal health doesn’t have to mean a perfect body, perfect weight, perfect family, perfectly clean house, and so on (you get the point). Optimal health is finding a place where you feel in control; even in the midst of the chaos we call life.
I can provide the necessary support, guidance and education to help people take control of their lives and live the best life they can. If your life feels a little out of control and you would like to start down a path toward optimal health, my 7 Steps to Transform Your Body Inside and Out will get you to your goal. If your weight is in target range, but you know your self-care is lacking and your energy level is low, let's make a plan to get you back on track. My philosophy is, when you feed your body what it needs, it will perform optimally for you. I teach people to eat mindfully, rather than following diets, counting calories and measuring every morsel. Mindful eating allows you to trust your body to guide you and gives you more time to participate fully in life.
Many people like to know what is it that qualifies me to work with them. I don’t blame you, I would want to know too! I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, have a Master’s degree in Community Nutrition and am a Certified Diabetes Educator. I've worked in outpatient diabetes and nutrition centers seeing clients 1:1 and teaching group classes. I am a certified insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor trainer and do contract work. I have a passion for working with people who have Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes, as well. I've been a dietitian for the past 15+ years and have had a private practice for the past 10 years.
- MS - Master of Science in Dietetics specializing in community nutrition
- RDN -Registered Dietitian Nutritionist through the Commission on Dietetic Registration
- LD - Licensed Dietitian
- CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
- Certification in Adult Weight Management
- Certified Personal Trainer and Zumba Instructor
- Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Member of the Alaska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Member of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group
- Member of the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Practice Group