Whole Green Wellness is a sustainable approach to realistic healthful habits that allow us to live life to the fullest without restrictive eating or obsessive exercising.
Whole = mind-body approach
Green = specializing in plant-based and environmentally-friendly nutrition
Wellness = physical, mental and emotional health
Beyond food + nutrition, this blog includes my musings, insights and experiences along the journey of an eco-friendly, compassionate lifestyle.
I welcome your thoughts, suggestions and questions in the comments section of posts.
I first became interested in the science of nutrition in high school biology when I learned about the chemicals that make up what we eat and how our bodies break down and utilize them (still fascinated by that to this day!). I began my college career as a pre-med student and two years in, I realized becoming a registered dietitian would better align with my passion for helping people pursue health through prevention and lifestyle changes.
I earned a bachelor of science in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University, where I worked as a research fellow on clinical nutrition studies and published my senior capstone project on the impact of dietary fiber on the health of people with type 2 diabetes. I earned my master of science in family & consumer sciences with a concentration in project management from Illinois State University, where I also completed my dietetic internship at various hospitals, schools and community health centers around central Illinois.
I’ve always loved translating science into understandable messages for consumers and other health professionals. Through my academic, research and professional experiences as a writer and editor, I’ve honed my communication skills and continue learning new things every day!
From high school to current day, I’ve enjoyed multiple jobs and volunteer opportunities working with children. From summer camp counselor to substitute teacher, I’ve had the pleasure of working with kids of all ages from a variety of backgrounds, providing guidance and education along the way.
I also hold volunteer positions with various dietetics groups:
State Coordinator Chair and Speakers Bureau Chair of Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group
CPI Committee Member of Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nominating Chair of Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Bringing it all together
Whole Green Wellness embodies my personal philosophy about health, which isn’t just about nutrition. While I’m a huge proponent of using nutrition, physical activity, sleep and hydration to improve how we feel, stress management and emotional health are just as important — and you’ll often see me mention these things on the blog and in my social media posts.
I currently reside in Chicago with my adopted fur child Bella. When I’m not working, blogging or cooking, I enjoy working with private clients, practicing yoga, lifting weights, walking + running along Lake Michigan, visiting farmers markets, drinking coffee + wine, eating chocolate, taking bubble baths and reading. I use up all of my vacation time to travel and am always looking forward to the next big adventure!
[Updated March 2017]
Disclosure: This is a personal blog in which the views are entirely my own, except those expressed in guest posts, which are clearly labeled as such. I do not accept payment or services for writing or featuring any content on my blog. This blog contains no sponsored posts.
Disclaimer: The content of this blog is not intended to treat or cure any disease or medical condition and is for informational purposes only. Always consult your medical provider with any questions about your medical condition and before beginning any exercise program.