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Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist I am a Registered Dietitian who became interested in nutrition and wellness during college. Since I was 6 years old, I always told my parents, family members, and friends that I wanted to be a dentist. After spending much of my childhood involved in competitive cheerleading, I went on to cheer at the collegiate level. While cheering in college, I watched my teammates and friends struggle with negative body image and their relationships with food and exercise. I became increasingly interested in food and how it affected athletic performance. I thought “There must be a way to eat what we want, how we want, and still compete at a high level without subjecting the body to faulty behaviors!”. I took that spark of interest, changed my major to nutrition, and never looked back! I knew I wanted to work with people who struggle with body image and their relationship with food from that moment on.
I am a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and also hold a masters degree in nutrition from The University of Alabama. I spent years of my life researching and reading about eating disorders and even completed an original research study on weight and disordered eating behaviors before entering the workforce. Driven by passion, I packed my car and moved sight-unseen to sunny Florida to take my dream job at an eating disorder facility straight out of my internship. I spent 2 years working with adolescents and adults at various levels of care in an eating disorder treatment facility, helping people and families find food freedom. I took a break from the eating disorder world to work in a nursing home and with a physical therapy company, ultimately being pulled back to my true passion. I have a compassionate and loving spirit. My life’s goal is to free all people- no matter their size, age, gender, or ethnicity- from diet culture by finding body and food peace. I am also working towards my CEDRD credential (peep Sarah’s bio for into on what that means).
Health At Every Size (HAES® ) Expert As a HAES expert, I have taken the Health At Every Size pledge to practice and advocate for: size inclusivity, health enhancement, respectful care, eating for well-being, and life-enhancing movement. Check out the Association for Size Diversity's statement of the HAES® Principles here.