I grew up in the 1970’s. My grandparents and great grandparents had vegetable gardens that we ate from every day. My mom baked her own bread, made her own yogurt, and did not buy sugary cereal. My sister and I played outside as long as the daylight lasted. As a result, I developed healthy habits early on. I lived in Europe for several years and my parents immersed us in the culture. We ate a Mediterranean diet (consistently ranked among the best diets for overall health) just like the locals. Our main method of transportation was walking -- lots of walking! We were healthy and happy.
By the 1990’s, low carb diets were all the rage and our lives were more sedentary. I was officially an adult and responsible for my own food choices. I got married and moved to San Antonio, home of my favorite cuisine! I worked full-time and ate out often.
Eventually, this caught up with me and I gained a lot of weight. After too many years of stress and bad eating habits, I decided a change was necessary and I quit my job. My husband and I moved to New Braunfels — a much quieter, small town. My stress dissipated and I immediately lost weight. I started researching nutrition for my own wellbeing and became fascinated with the link between nutrition and wellness. My diet improved, I began exercising and felt better as a result. That’s when I decided that I wanted to help others overcome similar struggles through good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.
Today I feel better and am healthier than I have been since the long-gone days of the 1970’s. I know how hard it is because I have struggled myself. I have seen the effects of poor nutrition and the benefits of good habits. The world of nutrition is constantly evolving and will continue to do so. I enjoy sharing what I know about the nutrition-wellness connection. It is my past experiences with nutrition and health that greatly influenced my decision to become a registered dietitian (RD).
During my supervised dietetic internship with Sodexo, a worldwide leader in quality of life services, I was focused on medical nutrition therapy. I spent most of my time at a busy Austin hospital and saw patients struggling with disease, many complicated by poor nutrition. This experience developed my passion for disease management and prevention, the core focus of my practice.
I am licensed to practice in the State of Texas as a registered dietitian and my practice is located in New Braunfels. I am registered with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics where I am a member of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs and Second Career Dietitians. I have a B.S. in nutrition from the University of Alabama, as well as a B.S. in business administration.
Fun facts about me:
Although I’m an early riser, I’m not a morning person. I’m not awake until I’ve had my coffee!
We’re no Fred & Ginger, but my husband & I enjoy ballroom dancing.
My favorite music is Big Band and Jazz.
I like “cozy mysteries” and I’m a big Poirot fan.
I like to cook and bake. I often experiment with recipes to make them healthier.
I exercise daily because it makes me feel good and I know it’s good for me. I enjoy running regularly and have accepted my husband's challenge to complete a 5K per month.
I eat yogurt every day because I know it’s good for me. I also love oatmeal and you should too! These are my top 2 healthy foods to recommend.