Hi, I’m Kate.
I am a Registered Dietitian, Certified LEAP Therapist and Culinary Nutritionist.
What does all that mean? In a nutshell, it means I can tell you the best foods for your body and how to cook them.
I believe in food and listening to your body. I don’t believe in diets and obsessing about calories. I am fascinated with nutrition, especially gut nutrition, and always do my best to keep up with the research by taking classes, attending conferences, talking to colleagues and reading research articles.
I have worked with and around food for most of my adult life- from bars and restaurants to schools and food service. I love food and I believe in its power to heal both the body and soul.
Sometimes, however, food doesn’t heal. Sometimes food can hurt.
That’s why I became a Certified LEAP Therapist, to be better prepared to help people navigate the tricky waters of food sensitivities. The ones that can lead to migraines, IBS, fatigue and everything from a general “blah” feeling to downright sick. Because we all deserve a good meal, one that nourishes us and one that won’t leave us jolting for the bathroom.
As a dietitian, I was taught about the long-term and lifetime benefits of a healthy diet- when you eat adequate greens over a lifetime your risk of cancer goes down or getting plenty of fiber over time can lower cholesterol.
But there is another impact of diet, a more immediate one- food sensitivities can impact everything from your GI system to migraines to skin issues and they do so immediately, within a few hours or even a few days. These sensitivities impact your daily life in a very real and very immediate way. I understand that, and I want to help!
I work online and over the phone, because that’s usually the most convenient for you, and let’s face it, this really should be about you. You have your own unique needs, preferences and timetable. I just provide the guidance and help you make the right choices for your goals. But, I can help guide you along your journey to health.
I attended Johnson & Wales University in Denver Colorado where I received both an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts and my Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Nutrition. From there I moved out to Kansas City where I did my Dietetic Internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. I worked as a dietitian for a Food Service company in KC for a few years where I worked with schools, wrote menus for Meals on Wheels programs and tried my best to get people to get their leafy greens and whole grains.
In 2014 my husband and I left our comfy life in KC in favor of a life of adventure and unknowns. We traveled the world for almost 14 months, eating, drinking, cooking and walking our way through Central and South America, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia. I made sure to take cooking classes every chance I got!
To finance our travel habit I worked as a consultant, an author, a recipe developer and more, expanding my knowledge and love of all things nutrition and food.
I gained a whole new perspective on health as we traveled. Very few people in third world countries have the luxury of worrying about the long-term implications of the foods they eat. They are far more interested in where dinner’s coming from tonight. But I also witnessed just how much food brings people together.
So pull up a chair, shoot me an email or give me a call and together we will get you well and ready to enjoy food again!