Why I Created Nourished Gently
I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science. I studied nutrition, food science, and dietetics at Utah State University. I had my first two children while I was completing my Master’s program and I decided to stay home and raise my family while my career took the back seat. While I have gotten loads of real-world experience in Intuitive Eating, a shifting body image, and feeding a family, my voice has been little-heard in the outside world until now.
The genesis of this website came about back when I was a senior in high school. I found learning about how the body works to be fascinating. At the same time, I, like a lot of teenage girls, was worried about becoming fat. I had watched the women around me yo-yo diet my whole life and I knew for sure that I did NOT want to do that. I wanted to be healthy, un-obsessed, and, well, skinny. So I decided to study nutrition in college.
I consider myself so blessed to have studied where and when I did. My professors there taught me more than the science of nutrition and the art of counseling. They introduced me to Intuitive Eating and my life has never been the same since. Rather than spending a lifetime watching my weight as I had once believed necessary, I have spent my life enjoying food, valuing my health, and appreciating my body whether it’s skinny or not. Sometimes I get pulled off-course, but I always come back to Intuitive Eating and I am always happier and more stable when I do.
As a stay-at-home mom, I always kept my eyes peeled for opportunities to practice that could work around family life. I didn’t find many. After a while, I started to think that maybe my degrees were just getting too old. And while I yearned to be heard, I thought there were already lots of people out there saying the things that I wanted to say in a better way than I could say them. The world didn’t need my voice.
Then I went to a nutrition conference and heard a talk about podcasting. “We need your voice,” they told us. “There is so much misinformation readily available. Yes, you may not have a new, totally unique perspective, but we need you to speak up so that our voices are heard above the din.” I was hooked. It was time for me to speak.
So here I am adding my voice to the fray. And I am here to tell you that you don’t have to be perfect to eat well. You don’t have to obsess over every bite. You don’t have to have perfect meal plans or gourmet cooking skills. You don’t have to listen to every nutrition press release, trendy diet book, or outspoken acquaintance. You don’t have to beat yourself up every time you overeat. You can be nourished gently.