Hi, I'm Amy!
I love helping people find food peace and experience the joy of eating.
I live in beautiful Lexington, KY with my husband and two little boys. I became fascinated with the field of nutrition when I realized how widespread nutrition misinformation had become. In a world where banner ads provide tips about how to get rid of belly fat, clarity is needed. Gluten-free for all? Paleo? Keto? Dairy-free? Full-fat dairy?? It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin.
After a couple degrees, I thought I had it figured out. Moderation, variety, and balance (not to mention a healthy dose of willpower and accountability) was the key to health and happiness...right?? But what I eventually realized was that counseling my clients in this way and trying to practice what I preached was not working. I may not have been promoting fad diets, but I was definitely teaching a diet mentality.
Then I found intuitive eating and all of a sudden it clicked. Living with a diet mentality gets you stuck eating in what I call the “context of restriction.” We are always either currently restricting something, have just stopped restricting something, or are planning to restrict something in the future. This can make you feel completely out-of-control around food! Of course you find yourself eating like it’s your last supper. Certain foods are on a pedestal for you BECAUSE they are restricted from you.
But there is a different way of eating besides either “watching what you eat” or “eating everything and anything in sight.” It’s called intuitive eating.
The principles of intuitive eating healed my own relationship with food and I’ve seen them do the same for many clients.
Intuitive eating is a self-care eating framework that rejects the diet mentality. As I slowly stopped weighing myself and counting calories, I was scared…mostly of gaining weight! But what I started to learn was that our focus on weight has actually caused more harm than good by way of weight cycling, weight stigma, and disordered eating. The pursuit of weight loss can wreak havoc on a person’s physical AND mental health!
The journey of eating intuitively taught me to speak compassionately to myself, to give myself space to explore what aspects of food and nutrition were truly important to me, and to RELAX around food so I could finally enjoy it without being stuck in the black hole of counting calories, justifying splurges, and planning compensatory workouts.
And yes, you can still benefit from intuitive eating EVEN IF you’ve been told you need to lose weight for a health condition such as PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).
I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2016 after having struggled with the symptoms for years. But it wasn’t until I adopted intuitive eating that I finally started to see restoration and healing. Two years after starting my intuitive eating journey and one year after discontinuing birth control, I experienced regular cycles for the first time and became pregnant. I believe that if I had continued restricting myself around food that I may not have been able to achieve this.
I would love to introduce you to intuitive eating and be your partner on your journey to a relationship with food you thought you could never have.
For more on how I practice or to apply for nutrition therapy, view my services page.