Hello and welcome! I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a whole-person (holistic) approach. I specialize in: heart health (heart disease, heart attack, heart failure), prediabetes and high blood pressure. I have a Masters’ degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University which is well-known for their training in both natural health and evidence-based approaches. I completed my Dietetic internship (with a concentration in Wellness) at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
My mission is to help you improve your health, diet and vitality by providing guidance on making healthy lifestyle changes for the long-term. I do this through my podcast, my blog and my upcoming book which will be published in 2023.
To book a one-on-one nutrition session with me, click on the “Nutrition Consultations” page in the menu for this website and this will give you the option to book online.
I have been well-trained in Motivational Interviewing and other proven behavioral change techniques. I frequently use these techniques successfully with clients to assist and guide them in identifying and reaching their goals.
For work experience, I worked at Microsoft’s on-campus wellness clinic as a Health Coach where I successfully coached their employees in reaching their wellness goals – improving their diet, increasing their physical activity, managing stress and losing weight safely.
I also worked as a Clinical Health Coach for a health plan where I helped members with chronic conditions learn how to self-manage their condition, improve their diet, engage in regular exercise, improve their sleep habits, manage stress and attain and maintain a healthy weight.
I pride myself on staying up-to-date with the most current research and information on nutrition and physical activity. I’m trained and educated on a wide variety of topics in nutrition.
“Vitalita” means vitality in Italian. I chose this name for my business for a few reasons:
- Number 1: My greatest aim is to help you increase your vitality and improve your health.
- Number 2: I was raised in an Italian-American household. Italians have a healthy, joyful relationship with food. As a child, I was praised for having a good appetite – mangia, mangia! You might think that would lead to overeating but in fact it’s been quite the opposite. I am slim and do not struggle with weight because I enjoy a variety of foods in moderation rather than having a restrictive mindset about food.
- Number 3: I’m a proponent of the Mediterranean eating pattern which is often identified with the Italian lifestyle. Whole foods, home cooking, fresh vegetables, fruit and seafood and moderate intake of healthy fats – all of these are key parts of this eating style. Research has shown that the Mediterranean diet is beneficial for: weight loss, heart health and diabetes and has anti-inflammatory effects.
My talents include: personalized nutrition consultations, podcasting, interviewing, writing, blogging, cooking demos and recipe development. I am also available for media interviews and consulting. You can connect with me directly by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org