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There are three different ways I work with clients. We can do weekly meal services, one-on-one hourly sessions (in person on the Northside of Chicago, or remotely via Phone and Skype), or private and group cooking classes and lectures. Please contact me to set up a complementary call where we can discuss what you're looking for, as well as the different services I offer. Together we can determine what feels most helpful for you. 

General

Sick and tired of being sick and tired? If you’ve been eating a Standard American Diet (SAD) for the last few years or decades, it’s time to discover how eating better can make you feel better. I work with groups and individuals helping them learn to enjoy healthy eating, prevent illness and restore balance and function in the body. I want you to feel educated, excited and inspired- not overwhelmed.

Should you work with a holistic nutritionist? Here are some things that may be common for you, but are not normal. They are signs that the systems in your body are out of order.

  • Intense cravings
  • Dizziness
  • Brain fog
  • PMS
  • Anemia
  • Infertility
  • Irregular, heavy or skipped periods
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Brittle nails
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Hair loss
  • Slow wound healing
  • Blurred vision
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Bad breath
  • Emotional instability
  • Acid reflux
  • Glucose intolerance
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Diarrhea
  • Migraines
  • Joint pain
  • Food intolerances
  • Learning disabilities
  • Behavioral issues
  • Hyperactivity

These ‘common complaints’ are actually examples of your body expressing a greater underlying issue, often times it is multiple nutrient deficiencies. In some cases, diet alone is not enough. Lifestyle changes and sometimes medical intervention are necessary as well. But, making changes without paying attention to the food you eat can only result in temporary improvement of symptoms, not fixing the root cause of the problem. Working with a holistic nutritionist and making simple changes in your diet and lifestyle, you have the ability to build better health, from the inside out.

Ready to get started? Here’s how I can help:
Recipe selection and creation for your specific tastes/preferences and health goals, kitchen clean-out, grocery store/farmers market tours, and private cooking classes. I also work with individuals working to make transitions in their diet, such as removing gluten, grains, soy or dairy, and those interested in learning to follow a new diet direction, such as paleo or vegetarian. 

One-On-One Sessions:
With weekly or bi-weekly sessions, we work together to educate you on what shifts you can start making in your daily routine (both with food and lifestyle changes) to help restore your body to optimal health. There is no one-size-fits-all plan, it is all about learning to listen to your body, and your unique needs. Many people choose to start working together because of a newly diagnosed disease or food allergy/sensitivity. I can offer you accountability, education, guidance with all of the overwhelming and misinformation out there, and most importantly- individualized care and connection.

Kitchen Clean-Out:
Learn what in your kitchen may be derailing your family’s health, as well as healthy alternatives to some of you favorite items. We can also go through your cookware, cleaning supplies and cooking fats and oils.

Grocery Store/Farmer’s Market Tour:
Learn how to read ingredient labels, what items to purchase organic and why, easy snack and meal ideas, and budget saving shopping tips.

Private Cooking Class:
Need someone to show you how to cook? Starting from scratch? Let me teach you simple and delicious, nutrient-dense meals that your whole family will love. Have dietary restrictions or faced with eliminating foods that you consider staples to your diet? Learn great alternatives and new ways of preparing meals. If you simply want someone to help you prepare healthy meals for the week, we can work together, making the most of your health even with your busy schedule.

*If you don’t see an option that fits your needs, please contact me and we can work together to build a custom plan that is just right for you.

 

Blood Sugar Balance

Sugar-free, low carb, whole grain? There is always a new trend in ‘healthy’ eating and quite often the foods that are being sold to us as ‘healthy’ are simply refined processed foods that our body can’t benefit from. When it comes to blood sugar, the terms get even more complicated: high/low blood sugar, blood glucose, insulin dependent, insulin resistant, pre-diabetic, metabolic syndrome, etc. Let’s take a step back and work on balance. I’ll teach you which foods can help balance your blood sugar levels, and keep blood sugar stable throughout the day.

What used to be called ‘Adult Onset Diabetes’ is now know as ‘Type 2 Diabetes’ because it is so often showing up in children. No longer is this a disease only affecting adults.  The foods you eat directly and instantly impact your blood sugar and insulin levels, and over time, a poor diet can lead to metabolic syndrome, high blood sugar, insulin resistance, and diabetes. These are all very inflammatory conditions that come with many devastating consequences for your health.

If diabetes runs in your family, or you’re showing signs of blood sugar imbalances it’s time to start paying attention to nutrition, and feeding your body what it needs to keep disease away and function at its best. It’s all about balance. Eat the foods that keep not only your blood sugar stable, but your mood, energy level and hormones as well.

Some symptoms of unstable blood sugar:

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Extreme hunger and/or thirst
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent urination, especially during the night
  • Anxiety
  • Trembling
  • Palpitations
  • Irritability
  • Clammy skin
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Weakness
  • Unclear thinking
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Fainting, feeling light headed
  • Hungry soon after meals
  • Mood swings
 

Heart Health

Heart disease is now the cause of 1 in 3 deaths in the States. Prescriptions for medications to manage the symptoms of heart disease are skyrocketing, but they aren’t curing heart disease. They have dangerous side effects, and at best manage symptoms, without treating the disease or discovering the root cause of illness. Lucky for you, you’re still in control of your diet, therefore your health. Blood pressure and blood sugar levels are huge predictors of heart disease, and fortunately, they are directly related to the foods you eat. Diet can have a major positive impact on almost every area of your life, and improvements in your blood pressure and blood sugar numbers can be seen as soon as one week of eating appropriately.

Luckily, heart health is easily and quickly influenced by diet. Working together  you will learn how to cook and eat to keep your body happy and heart healthy. Transition your way of eating into a powerful, preventative form of health insurance, keeping you doing the things you enjoy with the people you love, and preventing the need for numerous medications that come with many dangerous side effects.

 

Pregnancy

Is a baby in your future? Whether you’re due three months from now, have a newborn or are hoping to start trying in the next year, there are things you can be doing today to benefit the health of your baby.

Give your child every advantage possible by learning what foods you and baby need to thrive. Maternal Nutrition focuses on many aspects of your health, such as balancing hormones and lowering inflammation, which foods and nutrients help with ovulation and healthy sperm production, and incorporating nutrient dense foods that provide the body with the raw materials to make your baby a healthy, beautiful, super hero.

Regarding nutrition in the time surrounding pregnancy, there is so much more to know than just the simple ‘foods to avoid’ list given by doctors. What you’re eating even 4 years before you get pregnant has been shown to affect numerous aspects of your child’s health, including how straight your child’s teeth are.

Fertility and Conception:
If you’re thinking about starting a family, first learn how to use diet to balance your hormones, helping promote fertility by lowering inflammation, encouraging ovulation, healthy sperm production, building nutrient reserves and reducing toxin exposure and stress. There are many surprising lifestyle factors that influence fertility, and many of these simple recommendations are either free or very inexpensive ways to improve your chances of conception. And yes, the man’s diet in the time before pregnancy can have an impact on the health of the baby and your chances of conception.

Pregnancy:
Already in mourning over the removal of soft, delicious cheeses like brie? But excited to indulge in all your cravings? Let’s talk about what your body really does and doesn’t need during pregnancy. Certain foods can help fight morning sickness, fatigue, nausea and other common pregnancy complaints. More importantly, healthy foods and nutrients can help your baby’s developing body and brain. Make sure your diet is packed with proper nutrition to keep you and baby healthy throughout the demands of 40 weeks of pregnancy.

Baby gets what baby wants. If there is a short supply of a nutrient that your baby needs at any stage of his or her development, mother nature built us so exquisitely that the baby gets dibs on exactly what he or she needs, meaning it is taken from you and your nutrient reserves. Calcium and other minerals can be pulled from your bones, or essential fats drained from your brain, putting you at risk for nutrient deficiencies when your diet is lacking.

Postpartum:
Now that your sweet little angel has arrived, all your hard work over the past 9 months has paid off. Your baby is beautiful, amazing and of course- a brilliant genius. And as you know, he or she is taking it all in, watching you and the people in your life. Learning behaviors and developing an incredible personality. So take this time and remember that you are still who is nourishing and providing for your baby. Through breastfeeding, the foods you eat are how baby gets all his or her nutrition. Learn what foods help boost lactation, which foods that you eat can help keep your baby sleeping through the night, and why certain foods in your diet can show up in as eczema or colic in your baby. Learn what in your diet can fight off postpartum depression, rebuild your nutrient reserves, and restore balance to your hormones.

The sad truth is that many doctors do not spend time studying nutrition, so while they may be a crucial part of your labor and delivery, there are areas of your health and your baby’s that are best served through a nourishing diet. Unfortunately, many doctors recommend dangerous foods for your baby in the first year of their life that their little bodies and developing digestive systems cannot yet handle. We will cover not only what foods are ideal for baby, but also how you can make them yourself at home, saving you money and giving you the peace of mind of knowing that you’re giving your sweet babe the very best.