Hello! I’m Helena
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Certified Health Coach
I am a dietitian, a health coach, and a mom, and I’ve always loved being active and eating healthy. I got really interested in nutrition back in 2001, when I started training for a marathon. After several years spent exploring different professions (ranging from a preschool teacher to a consultant to, crazily enough, even an EMT), I decided to turn my love of nutrition and health into a career, and I went back to school to become an RD.
Although I learned a lot about nutrition when I was in school, I think I learned more about putting it into practice after becoming a mother. It’s one thing to take care of feeding yourself – per your own preferences, on your own time schedule. It’s quite another to be responsible for the care and feeding of another human being – per their (very strong) preferences, on their schedule. It’s a whole new ballgame.
About a year or so after my oldest son was born, I started doing something that, as a dietitian, makes perfect sense. I just don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner. I started a meal planning habit.
This involved a few different tasks: figuring out how to find recipes that my family would actually eat; getting those recipes written down somewhere where I could easily reference them; turning those recipes into a grocery list that I could quickly and easily take with me to the store. It’s been a process, and I still have ups and downs, but overall, it’s one of the best things I’ve done for myself and my family.
Now that I’ve got several years of fine-tuning this skill set under my belt, I want to share what I’ve learned with you. I will teach you how to simplify feeding yourself and your family, via my blog and my YouTube channel. You will also discover how to improve your relationship with food, by taking nutrition into account, but not in a rigid way. I will also be showcasing some cooking skills, as well as tips to make your kitchen a more functional and efficient cooking space.
I can’t wait to begin this journey to better health with you! Get started by subscribing to my newsletter and my YouTube channel.
My Approach & Values
Accuracy is so important to me. As a dietitian, I only provide information that is based on facts. There is just too much nutrition misinformation out there. That’s why you’ll find evidence-based health and nutrition articles on my blog. You’ll notice that I include links and references throughout these articles; that’s because I look things up before hitting “publish.” I want to make sure the information I provide is both accurate and useful.
I also believe that food should be enjoyable and nourishing, not another stressor. One of the goals of this blog is to improve not just your health, but your relationship with food too. I do not believe in following strict eating regimens or eliminating entire food groups from your diet (unless it is medically necessary). I came to adopt this philosophy after working as an eating disorder dietitian.
When it comes to eating, it is important to be flexible and have a more neutral relationship with food. Therefore, I aim to have nonjudgmental language on my blog. I also strive to be weight-inclusive, and I believe in the Health at Every Size model. I will recommend resources to help you understand these viewpoints, and perhaps even adopt them.
You can feel confident in how you eat and what you feed your family, and you can enjoy food without feeling stress and guilt!
My Licenses & Certifications
- Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
- ACE Certified Health Coach
- Arkansas Children’s Northwest, Pediatric Dietitian
- Rady Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Dietitian
- Eating Disorder Center of San Diego, Eating Disorder Dietitian
- UCSD Eating Disorders Center, Eating Disorder Dietitian
- Loma Linda University, B.S. & M.S. in Nutrition & Dietetics
- University of Virginia, B.A. in English