Nutrition Counseling & Education

nutrition counselingIndividual Nutrition Counseling

An individual nutrition counseling session to discuss your goals and concerns is a time when it truly is all about you – in the best way.

It is easy to question your nutrition habits with so much advice about what to eat or avoid, including conflicting information from all kinds of “experts.” I prefer we work together. You are the expert of your body, your story and your current lifestyle. All of these things matter when you try to change the way you eat. I share what I’ve learned about how nutrition applies to your personalized needs and goals. Together we create a plan that makes sense for you.

Before your first Beyond Broccoli nutrition counseling appointment you will fill out a client intake form that asks about your lifestyle including:

  • Food & water intake
  • Physical activity
  • Sleep patterns
  • Current stress
  • Personal medical history of concern
  • Medications & supplements
  • Physical & digestive symptoms
  • Brief history of your relationship with food

The amount of time it takes to make nutrition changes varies according to your goals, how ready you are to change, and other factors. Some clients come in for a session or two, practice putting a plan in place, then return as needed for support. Other clients benefit from a regular “accountability partner” as they make changes. I’m open to whatever supports you best. I believe in “progress not perfection” and I work at your pace.

Individual Mental Health Counseling or Psychotherapy

Check back for more information on these expanded services.

Nutrition counselingEating Disorder Treatment – Nutrition Counseling

Nutrition counseling is an important part of treatment for and recovery from an eating disorder. Together we address nutrition and related concerns, and work to help you create a positive relationship with food and your body.

As a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD), I prefer to work as part of a  treatment team that includes medical and mental health professionals. This approach is considered “best practice” to treat these complex illnesses. With your permission I work with past providers or treatment teams from a higher level of care to help you make a smooth transition to your new team.

If you do not yet have a treatment team, during our initial nutrition appointment we discuss options for psychotherapy and medical providers based on your needs and goals.

I consider coordination of care with other members of the clinical team part of the process once Release of Information forms are in place. I encourage you to include other members of your support team in our work together – parents, partners, siblings, close friends, or whomever else you trust and want to involve in your treatment and recovery journey.

Family or Couples Nutrition Counseling

Eating is personal. However, changes to eating habits can affect, or be affected by, every significant relationship in your daily life. Nutrition counseling where you make changes with those close to you –family, partners, friends, or co-workers can provide support, encouragement, ideas and motivation. A family approach is especially important for children who need to make dietary changes since they do not make the major food decisions (shop, cook, etc.). Family changes are a great way to improve everyone’s health and well-being.

To prepare for a family or couples nutrition counseling session, each person fills out an intake form (described above). We then focus on individual and collective goals in session.

Nutrition CounselingOther Beyond Broccoli Nutrition Education Services

Many people learn best by doing rather than simply listening.  Beyond Broccoli provides a range of experiential nutrition education options to guide and support long-term changes.

Private Small Group Nutrition Classes

If you have 4-8 people you can choose from the complete list of past Beyond Broccoli classes and programs for your group– or suggest a new topic! Content from past classes is updated and to meet your group’s needs and goals. (See list of class ideas below in Past Classes section).

Grocery Store Outing

The grocery store can be confusing. Every package boasts bold health claims and difficult-to-read ingredient lists. Grocery store tours are a great way to ask questions you think about each time you reach for something at the store and wonder “is this really healthy?” or “is this important for my nutrition/health goals?”

Home Nutritional Consult or Cooking Instruction

Eating well requires thought and planning. Home consults are a great way to explore your kitchen together and brainstorm ideas to support your nutrition goals. This is not a food shaming session! Instead of the “good food/bad food” way of thinking, I embrace the opportunity to help you see what is working and not working for you. I also share what we know from food psychology research about making your home food environment line up with your health and nutrition goals.

Finally, I believe healthy foods can and should taste delicious! My background in the restaurant business combined with my nutrition education and my longtime love of good food come together with practical tips and ideas to help you put quick, easy, healthy meals together.

Past Nutrition Classes, Presentations & Programs

Beyond Broccoli Nutrition Classes
  • Eat to Perform, Feel and Be Your Best (Dancer’s Workshop)
  • Nutrition educationIntuitive Eating to Feel Your Best
  • Sports Nutrition for Girls (JHHS Swim & Dive Teams)
  • Food & You – Explore Beyond the What
  • Eat to Boost Immunity
  • Food & Mood
  • Healthful Foods in a Hurry
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  • Hockey Nutrition for Girls (USA Hockey Development Team Camp)
  • Beneficial Plant Compounds and Your Health
  • Nutrition Tips for Recreational Cycling
  • Fuel for Hockey Tournaments (specific to women &/or girls)
  • Conscious Eating for the New Year
  • Backcountry Nutrition (many variations)
  • Improving Blood Cholesterol with Food
  • Eat to Improve Blood Pressure
  • Chronic Inflammation – What You Eat Can Make a Difference
  • Sustainable Nutrition – Making Informed Choices
  • Eat to Boost Immunity
  • Food & Mood
  • Healthful Foods in a Hurry
  • Food for Your Heart
  • The Blood Sugar-Food Connection
  • Flash in the Pan – Nutrition for Menopause
  • Food is Fuel – Nutrition for the Weekend Warrior
  • Re-think Sweets & Treats
  • Vegetarian Meals for Omnivores
  • Calcium Without Cows
  • Healthful Holidays
Bastyr University Nutrition Courses

While in Seattle from 2009-2013 I taught as Adjunct Nutrition Faculty for the Department of Nutrition & Exercise Science at Bastyr University. These courses can be adapted for small group classes or presentations by request.

  • Cultural Perspectives on Food

Core requirement for undergraduate nutrition students focused on awareness and appreciation of various ethnic cultures to develop a foundation for cultural competency. Topics include intercultural communication, beliefs related to food and health/healing, body image, and religion.

  • Bastyr Food & Society

Elective open to all students, focused on nutrition in a broad social context. Explore environmental, political, biological, economical, agricultural, ethical, and psychological factors that influence what humans eat.

  • Nutrition educationEntrepreneurial Nutrition

Elective open to all students, focused on variety of aspects related to starting a nutrition- or health-related business. Includes approaches to tap into students’ creative entrepreneurial spirit and explore the underpinnings of a business plan.

  • Nutrition in the Life Cycle

Core requirement for nutrition graduate students. This course explores the physiological and metabolic relationships to nutrition through various stages in the life cycle.

Beyond Broccoli Nutrition Presentations

The following presentations include a variety of topics that are also available for a group nutrition class or presentation with updated content.

  • “Food & You: Explore Beyond the What.” St. John’s Medical Center Wellness Department, June 2015.
  • Eating Disorder Awareness Presentations. Jackson Hole High School, January 2015.
  • “Eating Disorders: What Mental Health Care Practitioners Need to Know.” Eastern Idaho Regional Behavioral Health Center, November 2014.
  • Pilot project for Nutritional Cooking Classes. Partnership with Hole Food Rescue and Community Entry Services, fall 2014 and Climb Wyoming, spring 2015.
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  • “Overview of Eating Disorder Etiology, Multi-disciplinary Outpatient Treatment and the Role of Registered Dietitians.” RD Journal Club Meeting, March 2014.
  • Eating Disorder Awareness Presentations. Jackson Hole Middle School Wellness Day, March 2014. (Seven 30-minute presentations to 8th grade classes)
  • “The Media and Nutrition: What You See and Hear May Harm You.” Lunchtime Learning sponsored by St. John’s Medical Center, March 2014.
  • “I Had No Idea: A Discussion about the Myths, Misconceptions and Implications of Eating Disorders.” Eating Disorder Awareness Event sponsored by Thrive!, March 2014.
  • Eating Disorder Awareness Presentations. Jackson Hole Community School, Teton Valley High School, Jackson Hole High School, spring 2014.
  • “Fire & Smoke in Eating Disorder Treatment. Jackson Hole Community Counseling Center Staff Training, November 2013.
  • “The Ripple Effects of Diabetes: Eating Disorders.” Wyoming Association of Diabetes Educators Conference, October 2013.
  • “Eating Disorders: What Health Care Practitioners Need to Know.” Central Wyoming College April 2014 and Bellevue College, June 2013.
  • “Exercise Issues in Eating Disorders.” Parent Education & Support Group, the Moore Center, July 2013.
  • “Insights from IAEDP.” The Moore Center, April 2013.
  • “Life Beyond Binge Eating: Tools to Get You Started.” the Moore Center, March 2013.
  • “Media, Nutrition and Eating Disorder Recovery.” IOP Family Forum, the Moore Center, January 2012.
  • “Hockey Nutrition for Girls – Eat to Play, Feel and Be Your Best.” Pacific Northwest Amateur Hockey Association’s Pacific District Development Camp, May 2011, 2012, 2013.
  • “Planning and Preparing Food for Wilderness Expeditions.” Wilderness Medical Society Summer Meeting, 2009.
  • “Beyond Broccoli’s Whole Foods Alternative to Detox Diets.” Utah Dietetic Association Annual Meeting, 2007.
  • “Cooking Towards Health: The Critical Importance of Nutrition.” Summit for the Cure Regional Conference, Wyoming Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 2006.
  • “Breast Cancer and Nutrition – Is There a Link?” Summit for the Cure Regional Conference, Wyoming Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 2005.
  • “How Much Water is Too Much?” Exum Mountain Guide Training, 2005.
  • “Whole Foods the First Step Towards Wellness.” Teton Wellness Festival, 2004.
  • “Sustainable Nutrition – Making Informed Choices.” Teton County Sustainability Project Eco-Fair, 2003.
  • Co-Presenter “Nutrition in the Backcountry.” Wilderness Medical Society Winter Meeting, 2000.
Past Beyond Broccoli Nutrition Programs
Food & You – Explore Beyond the What
  • Explore the complex web of factors that influence eating and behavior change
  • Practice variety of relaxation and mindfulness techniques to address stress-related eating habits and nurture stress resilience
  • Share ideas and accept group support related to making positive changes
Finding Balance with Food

Explore and improve your relationship with food. Begin with an overview of many factors that influence what and how much you eat, then discover how to manage them.

Emotional Eating Classes
  • Replace emotional or stress eating habits with normal eating
  • Develop a positive relationship with food and with your body
  • View food as nourishment, fuel and a source of pleasure not stress
Beyond Broccoli Whole Foods Alternative to Detox Diets

The class is an overview of the whole foods alternative to the various popular methods of detoxification and cleansing. We explore the myths and unsupported ideas related to “detox diets” and learn ways to support excellent health using whole foods.

No More Diets

A non-diet approach to work towards your body’s naturally healthy weight. Classes based on principles related to Intuitive and Mindful Eating, with emphasis on healthy at any size.

Fuel for Backcountry Adventures

Nutrition is important for basic survival and optimal performance in the backcountry. This class series includes backcountry basics for short and longer adventures with ideas for DIY healthy meals and snacks.