Stacy holding Butters, a yellow buff Orpington hen

Yay, you’re here!

Grab some tea. Get comfy. Pull up a chair. I have so much to tell you…

I’m a self-care designer and down-to-earth dietitian who helps people design positive living strategies that help them bring their highest value to the table. Whether it’s helping clients design a self-care practice or a develop a personal eating style, my mission is to help others design a life they love.

Let’s just say I’m not your prototypical dietitian.

Fun Facts About Me

  • 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’m in a deeply romantic relationship with nature. There’s just no other way to say it. Growing up on our family’s small farm in Ohio, I learned a lot from the natural world: how to overcome hardship, 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. And I LOVE chickens!
  • I’m a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator and Certified Health and Wellness Coach with over 17 years of experience working in just about every health care setting you can think of.

In all of my years of practice, I’ve seen people struggle to follow restrictive diets and meal plans that just aren’t a good fit for their lifestyle. After a few weeks, they’re riddled with disappointment, embarrassment, and guilt. And they feel like failures.

No matter how sharp, smart, or disciplined you are, adopting an eating style that doesn’t fit your uniqueness is a recipe for disaster.

So, what’s the alternative?

My Philosophy & Approach

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.
  • Nutrition involves both art and science. Take away the art, and eating loses its sense of enjoyment. It becomes fuel and nothing more. Take away the science and eating becomes a free-for-all gorge fest, leaving us susceptible to weight gain and chronic disease.
  • Imperfection is underrated. There’s no such thing as perfect eating, and I don’t dig the shame-based, judgmental approach that many health professionals take these days. Doing your best is enough.
  • A positive mindset is a must. When you focus your attention on what you want rather than what you don’t want, you feel more empowered and motivated.
  • Self-care is the most powerful preventive health tool we have. (Some might even call it an act of civil disobedience.)
  • Eating is personal, and 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. My job is to translate those elements into an eating style that is uniquely right for YOU.

 “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

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Oh, and one more thing…

You see, I’ve been keeping a secret.

My life hasn’t always been rainbows and unicorns, and I suspect yours hasn’t either. We all have this in common, yet we go to great lengths to keep our struggles hidden. I mean, I get it. We do it to protect ourselves from the criticism, judgment, and shame that often comes with revealing our imperfections.

Yet we’re all imperfect, are we not?

Not long ago, I found myself in a job that was no longer fulfilling to me and facing the prospect of a second divorce. It was paralyzing, to say the least. And while I could have easily turned to any number of numbing strategies, I didn’t want to feel numb. I wanted to feel alive.

That’s why I developed the 8 Dimensions of Self-Care: to navigate my way through those challenging times and redesign my life.

Job titles and personal achievements aside, we’ve all experienced a heavy moment or two: An unexpected job loss. A promotion that never came. An extramarital affair. 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. Whether you’re a new business owner or a successful executive with decades of experience, one thing is clear: You cannot expect to bring your highest value to the table if you’re in poor health. 

This community is here to help you define, design, implement, and own the life you were meant to live.

“Just a big THANK YOU, Stacy. This was such a treat. I wasn’t really expecting much b/c I thought I had the self-care area of my life handled. I love what came up and how you were able to help direct me with powerful questions. I really enjoyed the experience and got a lot out of it. I hope you learned a lot, too!” – Coaching Client

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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-wellcoach-logoCertified 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

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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.

CPR Certification

cpr-logoStacy has obtained the Heartsaver® CPR AED certification through CPR Seattle, an American Heart Association partner.