I’m Steph, a certified holistic nutrition consultant and natural foods chef.
I believe that the path to great health begins with good nutrition and positive lifestyle changes. Once you get those right, all that you want and deserve will follow naturally: balanced hormones, better mood, stronger immune system, reduced stress and anxiety, improved sleep and concentration and attainment of your "happy weight."
How can I help you?
Along with offering nutritional advice, I guide my clients to create healthy lifestyle habits so they can achieve balance in all areas of their lives. In other words, I work with you to tailor a diet and lifestyle that helps you thrive, not just survive. I am a firm believer in viewing each of my clients as the unique individual that he or she is and customizing a plan to suit his or her specific needs. After all, no two people are the same so no two plans should be the same either!
When it comes to what’s “healthy,” there is a lot of confusing and competing information out there. One month everyone is on the vegan train, the next they're eating steak and butter three meals a day. Between no carb, low carb, vegan, fat free, paleo, gluten free, and on and on, there are a million different diets and labels, all touting their own as the only way of achieving wellness. I don’t believe in “diets,” and I don’t believe there is one “right” way to eat for everyone. Our bodies are different and it’s my job to help you work out what your body needs to perform at its best. As we work together, we devise an eating plan for you that is not only nutritious but also delicious, enjoyable, and sustainable.
I can help you feel great. For the rest of your life.
In my practice, I gently push my clients to live their best, most healthiest lives. While teaching you how to fuel your body properly is a huge part of what I do, good health is far more complex than just what's passing between your lips. In order to reach optimum health, and find a sense of balance and confidence within yourself, we need to address stress, sleep, exercise, relationships, and work environment.
I am here to empower you to make good choices every day.
I am here to support you on your journey to great health.
I am committed to making sure you live your best life. Because you deserve it.
Are you ready to start feeling great? Let’s do this!
In addition to continual nerding-out reading books, listening to lectures, podcasts, etc. on all things detox, weight loss, hormone balance, fertility, therapeutic cooking and yoga, I do have formal qualifications...
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
- Certified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York
- Certified Nutrition Consultant from the Nature Care College, Sydney, Australia
- Certified Ayurveda Lifestyle Counselor from Ayurveda Elements Academy, Sydney, Australia
- Certified Yoga Instructor from Drishti Yoga International, Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand
- Certified Natural Foods Chef from the Nutrition Therapy Institute, Denver, CO
The reason I am so confident I can help you is because I helped myself.
At 17, my dad passed away in a hunting accident. At the pinnacle of my college applications, I made the decision not to attend his funeral in Australia as it would have meant taking a ‘gap year’ between high school and college and waiting until the following year to apply. I was riddled with sadness, grief, guilt, and overwhelm and found everyday life and all the pressure at school to be too much. I turned to my doctor for help and was put on a cocktail of prescription meds to cope with my distress – Prozac (for grief), Adderall (for concentration), and Ambien (for sleep anxiety). This trio made me a complete zombie, devoid of emotions and indifferent to almost everything in my life, good or bad. I was hardly ever hungry (because of the Adderall, aka speed) so it was easy for me to restrict food as a mechanism of control during a time in which my circumstances and emotional life felt very unmanageable. At the time, I didn’t notice what I was doing – I was protecting myself through isolation and grasping onto anything that I could control.
Shortly before this time, I started taking birth control pills to regulate my cycles and assist with heavy cramping and bleeding. I was also on consistent low-dose antibiotics for acne. I developed various digestive issues, such as bloating and constipation, as well as hormonal issues, namely polycystic ovaries and amenorrhea (absence of menstruation), as a result of the harsh medicines and disordered eating. In hindsight, it’s no surprise to me that these conditions manifested in my body as I dragged myself through the dirt for years in terms of health and self-care.
Starting college, with new people, less pressure and lots of fun social engagements, was a great opportunity for me to begin to let go of my destructive physical and emotional patterns. I was able to allow myself to enjoy the possibility of being happy again. I was able to drop the Prozac (not that I was depressed anyway! Just sad/grieving) and Adderall. Unfortunately, I stuck with the birth control and Ambien. I continued to suffer with amenorrhea, digestive problems, frequent UTIs and yeast infections.
It took me about seven years of dealing with these chronic symptoms to acknowledge I needed to make a change in both my diet and my lifestyle. A BIG one. No more binge drinking every weekend, no more birth control, no more crappy sugar-laden food, no more punishing workouts, and no more negative self talk. I began seeing a naturopath who introduced me to the world of holistic healthcare which regards each human being as a whole (mind, body, spirit). She opened me up to many different healing modalities, such as herbal medicine, yoga, and meditation, which were in stark contrast to my previous ‘pill for every ill’ approach. I became so enthralled by holistic health and my increasing physical improvement that I decided to start studying at the Nature Care College in Sydney, Australia and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC, which I did by correspondence. I loved studying holistic nutrition and couldn’t get enough of this approach to healthcare that deeply resonated with me – viewing the body as a whole and treating the cause not the symptoms of the ailment. I read books and blogs; I saw acupuncturists, massage therapists, holistic health coaches, reiki practioners, acu-energetic therapists, kinesiologists, hypnotherapists; I started practicing yoga; I took at a meditation course; I spent my weekends studying Ayurveda with an Indian doctor in Sydney – basically, I became a sponge to every piece of holistic health knowledge I could possibly soak in. The passion was undoubtedly there and I realized I wanted to help people heal themselves through making changes to their diet and lifestyle… as a job. So I quit my corporate job and headed to India to study Ayurvedic detox, to Thailand to study yoga, to Nepal to trek to Mount Everest Base Camp, to Bhutan to chill out, and finally to Bali to cleanse. After five months of living out of a backpack, I landed in Denver where I am staying put for a little while at least! A ‘professional student’ at heart, I signed myself up yet for another course. This go ‘round, the classroom was a kitchen at the Nutrition Therapy Institute where I studied to become a certified Natural Foods Chef, combining my passions for nutrition and cooking/healing with whole foods. I am now out of the classroom and into the world helping my clients live their best lives with optimum nutrition, positive lifestyle changes, and nourishing self-care.
Regular blog post contributor on Hello Glow, June 2016 - Present
eBook contributor for BINTO: Probiotics, Why you need them for your Reproductive Health, January 2017
Interviewee on Explore Your Fitness Episode 42: Taking your Health and Performance to the Next Level, August 2016
Interviewee on #AskEm Episode 31: What you need to know about Birth Control, August 2016
Interviewee in Denver's 5280 Magazine: The Dark Side of Fitness, April, 2016
Interviewee on Root + Revel, January, 2016
Guest on Sole Nation Podcast, December, 2015
Interviewee on Flo Living, December, 2015
Expert Interviewee for REDSCOUT, November, 2015
Guest Blogger on I Quit Sugar, July, 2015
Photos by Kelley Melvin