Hi there! I’m Emily, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Nutrition Coach here at Think Happy Live Healthy. I am so glad to see you here on this page because it means that you are interested in nutrition and perhaps curious to learn more about how the food you eat impacts not only your body but your mind and moods as well. Maybe you have had great success in your therapeutic process and are wondering how improving nutrition can take your health to the next level.
I know first-hand how sensitive and personal our relationship with food can be, so I would like to share with you a little about my nutrition journey. I initially became interested in nutrition during my college years, and full disclosure, it was for ALL the wrong reasons. If a diet plan were offering me a total life change in “only 30 days” I couldn’t wait to get started. I was willing to give it a try in the quest of achieving a body and lifestyle that, in reality, was not attainable. Especially not in 30 days.
As a competitive gymnast, I was raised on faulty messages about food which ultimately tied the food I ate to not only my sense of self-worth, but my entire identity as a human being. As I continued to get older, the messages I heard early in the gym were reinforced by what I saw on television, social media, other kids at school, and even my family. Have you ever had a parent speak negatively about THEIR body or food in front of you? Even these well-intended and “harmless” messages can stick in our brains and influence the way we view both ourselves and food.
As I mentioned, initially, my interest in nutrition was motivated by thoughts of “what diet will make me skinniest the fastest.” Anyone hear a red flag? Anything that appeals to our need for instant gratification rarely works. It was not until I was able to separate food from my identity and take away the comparison and competition, that I was able to learn the science behind food and find a healthy lifestyle that works for ME, not the photoshopped influencer flooding my Instagram feed. Thankfully, overtime, as I focused less on getting quick results, and more on changing my habits, I found that not only was I achieving my goals but sustaining them. All that to say, I am on this journey with you, and to be honest, it’s one that never ends. Think of it as a relationship that will continue to evolve the more you nurture it.
As I have grown in my work as a therapist, I have also immersed myself in the fitness industry by learning the value of functional fitness and the important role it plays in sustaining mental well-being. There is nothing more empowering than knowing your body will be there to support you through the demands of life. Now, by having a degree and license in counseling, and certifications in functional fitness training and nutrition, I have filled in the gaps on the quest to understand deep health, and I can’t wait to share it with you.