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Grab some tea. Get comfy. Pull up a chair. There’s so much to tell you…
I’m Stacy Fisher-Gunn, the founder of Living Upp. I’m an author, speaker, and self-care designer with 18+ years of experience in the healthcare industry as a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, working with large companies such as Dell, Boeing, and Nike.
Individuals and organizations hire me to help them design self-care strategies using my unique 8-dimensional self-care system.
Fun Facts About Me
- I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator who has worked in just about every health care setting you can think of…hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, doctor’s offices, private practice, and corporate wellness.
- I’m an INFJ (if you’re into the Myers Briggs thing), which means I prefer snuggling up in a warm blanket and reading a book over going to an all-night rager.
- I appreciate colorful language. Sometimes I say f*ck. To me, there’s something refreshing about people who speak their truth without letting inhibitions get in the way (as long as the intent is to be humorous and not to inflict personal pain). Do you have a warm heart and a sailor’s mouth? Then you’re probably my people.
- I want my life to count for something. I share George Bernard Shaw’s desire to be thoroughly used up when I die.
- I’m in a deeply romantic relationship with nature. There’s just no other way to say it. Growing up on my family’s small farm in Ohio, I learned a lot from the natural world: how to use what you have, what it feels like to work to physical exhaustion, how to solve problems creatively, and what the circle of life truly looks like. Perhaps that’s also where I fell in love with nutrition. The garden was a magical place for me…an art studio, my sanctuary.
- I LOVE chickens! Sadly, a black bear incident this spring left me brokenhearted and chicken-less, but I’m planning a coop redesign so I can welcome a new flock of feathery friends to a safe home.
- I believe real, whole food outperforms manufactured products (including supplements). But even if you don’t agree, I promise to respect your choice to nourish your body in a way that makes sense to you. I also believe that eating is personal, and that there is no single “diet” that’s right for everyone. Each of us brings our own set of beliefs, traditions, experiences, medical needs, and flavor preferences to the table. I love helping people discover their own personal eating style.
- I’ve learned that imperfection is underrated. I don’t dig the shame-based, judgmental approach that many health professionals take these days. I won’t pretend that I have all it all figured out, but I do know that if we’re doing our best, that’s enough. I’m cool with being imperfect and I hope you are too.
- I’m committed to creating a positive, empowering community for you to grow and express your inner truth. I sure hope you stick around.
“Thank you so much for being an impartial voice, providing insights from a different perspective and truly caring to help me help myself. You are amazing. I know many will benefit from your sage advice and enlightened perspective.” – Coaching Client
Oh, and one more thing…
You see, my life hasn’t always been rainbows and unicorns. I discovered self-care during one of life’s heavy moments, and it was then that I developed the 8-dimensional self-care model that I now use to help others navigate life’s challenging moments.
I mean, we’ve all experienced a heavy moment or two, haven’t we?
An unexpected job loss. A promotion that never came. Relationship challenges. Financial difficulties. The loss of a friendship. The death of a loved one. A debilitating injury or illness.
Those unexpected curve balls life sometimes throws our way can take a toll on us. But having a plan in place before we face those challenges can make all the difference.
Not quite sure where to start with your self-care plan?
Stacy's Training & Credentials
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) are food and nutrition experts who have met the following criteria to earn the RDN credential: 1) Completed a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree at a US regionally accredited university or college and course work accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2) Completed an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency, or a foodservice corporation or combined with undergraduate or graduate studies. Typically, a practice program will run six to 12 months in length, 3) Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), and 4) Complete continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration.
Certified Diabetes Educator
Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) under the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) must be a) A clinical psychologist, registered nurse, occupational therapist, optometrist, pharmacist, physical therapist, physician (M.D. or D.O.), or podiatrist holding a current, active, unrestricted license from the United States or its territories; OR b) A dietitian or dietitian nutritionist holding active registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, physician assistant holding active registration with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, clinical exercise professional holding active certification with American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM CEP), previously known as ASCM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, clinical exercise professional holding active certification with the ACSM as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist® (ACSM RCEP), health educator holding active certification as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist with the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing; OR c) A health professional with a master’s degree or higher in social work from a United States college or university accredited by a nationally recognized regional accrediting body. It also requires a minimum of 2 years of professional practice experience within a health-related field (as noted above) and a minimum of 1000 hours of diabetes self-management education (DSME) experience, along with a certification examination.
Wellcoaches Certified Health and Wellness Coach (CHWC)
Certified Health and Wellness Coaches must hold at least one of the following: 1) A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a health related field, 2) A license, or license equivalent, in a health related field, 3) A Bachelor’s degree, or higher, in an area of study unrelated to health and wellness and a certification in a health related field, or 4) No degree and a certification in a health related field, with a minimum of 2,000 hours of work experience in the field. After completing either an 18-week online course, or a 4-day live course, students must pass a written exam, a practical skills assessment oral exam, complete a 2-day organization course, and submit practice client records.
ACE-Certified Health Coach
The ACE-Certified Health Coach requirements include the following: 1) must be at least 18 years of age, 2) must hold a current adult CPR and AED certificate including live skills check, 3) must hold either a current NCCA-accredited certification in fitness, nutrition, health care, wellness, human resources, or a related field; or hold an associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university in fitness, exercise science, nutrition, health care, wellness, human resources or a related field, or two years comparable work experience in any of these specified industries, and 4) pass a certification exam.
Level 1 & 2 Certificates of Training in Adult Weight Management
The Commission on Dietetic Registration’s Certificates of Training in Adult Weight Management are intensive programs that provide in-depth training related to the treatment of adult weight management, and include topics such as pathophysiology, dietary modifications, physical activity, pharmacotherapy, appetite regulation, intensive behavioral treatment, bariatric surgery implications and complications, relapse prevention, weight maintenance and counseling strategies.
Stacy has obtained the Heartsaver® CPR AED certification through CPR Seattle, an American Heart Association partner.