Hey there! I'm Alison.
As a Nutritionist, I understand the healing power that REAL FOOD and LIFESTYLE changes can bring. But going deeper than that, as a woman who’s tried to “do it/have it all”... I understand the challenges we’re all up against when trying to actually accomplish this and what can help us along on our journeys.
My wake up call came when I burned out. I hit that wall. I looked in the mirror and had no clue who was staring back. That’s when everything changed. After growing up and seeing my parents and family struggle with autoimmune diseases, diabetes type 2, heart disease, and more - I vowed that would never be me, and yet before I knew it all the signs were there. A stressful career, working/playing hard, and yo-yo diets wiped me out. I faced the facts, and knew nutrition and lifestyle was the route for me. Years later, with years of nutrition education under my belt, and many happy clients later… I’ve been able to make huge strides for myself and my clients through foundational support. I know the importance of getting to the root cause of the symptoms and the best methods for creating long-lasting habits. It’s my mission to help you along on this journey and to provide you with all the tools for success.
oh but wait! There's more
I'm a Taurus and ISFJ . . . a total type A work hard, play hard gal who's learned the beauty in slowing down!
My only real fear is being attacked by a clown. Also, sharks. Oh and add bears to the list after a recent hiking debacle.
I love to paint! Oils, acrylics, you name it . . . and have many of my paintings on my walls.
Times I push the snooze button each morning
Trips to wholefoods
A healthy outside starts from the inside.
Getting in tune with your own body is the greatest way to heal
my happy places
In my kitchen, behind the camera, on my yoga mat, holding a paint brush, under the sun
i'm here to
Inspire others to take control of their health in their kitchens
TAKE BACK YOUR HEALTH
How I Can Support You
Nutritional Therapy Consultant, 2018
Nutritional Therapy Association (Affiliated with NANP)
Certified Yoga Instructor, 2019
Three Sisters Yoga
Holistic Health Coach, 2016
Institute for Integrative Nutrition
What do I eat?
Seasonal, nutrient-dense, properly prepared food. Food that makes me feel good inside and out. The labels on my recipes range from Paleo, AIP, Whole 30 to Gluten-free, etc. as that is what I tend to cook mostly. However, through my healing journey with Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Disease, I go through stages of elimination and reintroductions as I’m able to make progress with digestion and my symptoms. I treat food as my medicine and take great joy in preparing that food. So, I will never strictly subscribe to a diet if my body is craving and can handle something outside of that. In general, I believe the diets I create recipes for are helpful to promote healing and are helpful whether for a short period of time or otherwise. Food is also emotional, it brings people together and is tied to memories - the joy of cooking and sharing those experiences is also very important to me!
Bio-individuality is a huge part of my practice and outlook on health and wellness. This is why I say getting in tune with our bodies is the most important thing we can do – you’ll care a whole lot less about rules of a diet if you know what your body needs and wants. I work with my clients to find what this means for them, as I’ve done and continuously do with myself. There are just too many factors to place everyone in a perfect diet box. And if there was a perfect diet, there wouldn’t be so many!
My Food Tips
• When you buy something that’s considered processed, READ ALL LABELS. Make sure it has VERY FEW ingredients, with all of them being recognizable as actual food to you. Keep the artificial ingredients, dyes, excessive gums, and SUGARS out of your pantry and out of your body. There are many amazing new brands that I frequently mention here or on Instagram that makes life convenient without jeopardizing your health.
• NIX THE SUGAR. But when you do want sweets, get your sugar from WHOLE FRUITS, VEGETABLES, and “functional” sweeteners. I consider a “functional sweetener” to be a non-refined sugar like raw honey, maple syrup, monk fruit, dates, etc. – these sweeteners have some health benefits, unlike refined sugars which have none and ONLY take you out of balance. Baking with banana, applesauce, sweet potatoes, squash, dates, pumpkin, etc. is something I commonly do to reduce or eliminate added sugar. Once you greatly reduce your sugar intake, you won’t like as much anyway.
• Every chance you eat is a chance to NOURISH your body. In modern times, food has become entertainment; but never forget that food is your nourishment. Your body requires nutrients from food that it cannot make on its own. If you are not giving your body what it needs, do not be surprised when it doesn’t work like you want it to. This is where “nutrient-dense” comes in. EAT THE RAINBOW by getting plenty of colorful vegetables and fruits in your diet. Choose organic, grass-fed meat and pasture-raised poultry and eggs. Wild-caught fish when possible. Use good, non-hydrogenated/refined oils like ghee, grass-fed butter, tallow/duck fat, extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, raw (preferably sprouted) nuts and seeds. And drink plenty of filtered water in between meals.
• Practice BALANCE. If that means 80/20 or 90/10, figure out what works well for you in order to be successful while still having some fun.
• Be present, still, and calm when eating. You are what you digest, not what you eat – so give your body that chance and SLOW DOWN. CHEW. DO NOT GUZZLE WATER AS YOU EAT. CHEW SOME MORE. Rest & Digest.
I hope you’ll read along, try some recipes and tips to apply to your own journey while having fun along the way!!
Thanks for visiting.