MICHELLE YATES, MS, RD, LMNT
I was one of the few fortunate souls to go to college and know exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to help people, and I wanted to help with their relationship with food.
As many teens and dancers do, I struggled with body image and disordered eating patterns. As I began my undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Idaho, I realized that our bodies are much more intelligent than we think. They actually don't need us to control every calorie and every macronutrient. Instead of telling my body to listen to me, I learned to sit back and listen to my body (among many other things that made it a very busy 4 years!). Since then, I have had a world of freedom and let go of the "food police" inside me that caused constant guilt and shame cycles.
After my undergraduate degree and becoming a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, I went on to earn my Master's in Health Psychology. A huge takeaway I had from this degree was the field of positive psychology. Essentially, science supports that if we do what brings us joy, we have more joy. Crazy, right?
Dieting does not bring anyone joy. I learned that in my own life, and (again) science supports it. Science also supports that diets flat out don't work. My goal, should we work together, is for you to experience food freedom, lasting joy, and find out what feeling 'healthy' is really like for you.
So what are you waiting for? Let's work together!