I am crazy about people and food.
From an early age, I understood how important it is to have thoughtful connections with both. My mother is a wonderful cook who taught me that real nourishment begins at the family table. Blessed by close relationships with each of my grandmothers, I had a lot of guidance. Marion showed me the power of fresh vegetables straight from the garden and how to nail strawberry shortcake with fruit from the local stand. Mina, how to celebrate with abundant Italian feasts. And my father makes sport of good meals paired with great wine. I’ve been exploring, living and breathing food all my life.
Although I wasn’t concerned with nutrition as a child, I got a kick out of experimenting with flavors and sharing my creations. Once I understood the undeniable link between food and health, I was on a passionate quest to help others develop a positive relationship with what they put into their bodies everyday.
Food is a simple pleasure. Nutrition can be COMPLICATED.
Food is fuel, but eating is emotional. That's why we sometimes find ourselves eating fistfuls of cheesy popcorn or an entire box of cookies when we’re not actually hungry – we want food to give us a hug. Food stirring-up feelings is normal. But, like any relationship, the feelings involved need to be healthy ones.
Eating well begins with understanding what’s right for you. It should be about pleasure and nourishment, not fear or hype. We're constantly bombarded by misinformation. Let’s turn off the noise and get into what you truly need to keep you vibrant.
Like you, I’ve had my share of struggles – fibromyalgia, chronic migraines and problematic skin starting in my teens. I’ve felt frustrated and depleted, tried quick fixes and recommendations that range from just plain bizarre to potentially dangerous. I finally learned to listen to my body and commit to what it needs – no restrictions, no fads. Just real, clean food, well made; daily exercise and getting creative about managing inevitable stress.
NO DEPRIVATION. ALL FOODS FIT.
EAT MINDFULLY & INTUITIVELY.
PLANTS ARE POWERFUL. PERIOD.
HEALTHY HABITS ARE CREATED ONE DAY AT A TIME.
MAGIC BULLETS ARE MYTHS. SMALL EFFORTS LEAD TO LONG TERM SUCCESS.
I coach real people ready to make real change.
My days are spent with clients and staying current on simple and fun ways for you to enjoy what you eat and how you live. No gimmicks or weird science – just pure evidence-based plans designed to promote your optimal health. More than 15 years of professional experience and a lifetime of personal research allow me to be a trustworthy guide on your path to wellness.
Thank you for visiting & I look forward to connecting!
Born in Italy, living and raised in Chicago, I hold an RDN from Loyola University Chicago and a Health Coach Certification from the National Society of Health Coaches.
Integrative & Functional Nutrition
The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
National Society of Health Coaches
Dietitians in Integrative & Functional Nutrition
Behavioral Health Nutrition
I know once people get connected to real food, they never turn back.