Hi I'm Kristen,
"I BELIEVE IN AN INTEGRATED SYSTEM OF NOURISHING FOODS, A HEALTHY MIND, DAILY MOVEMENT, AND TRUSTING OUR INTUITIVE NEEDS."
I believe, health is defined as viewing food as an enjoyable part of our human experience(not the enemy at every turn) but where “DIET” is just an acronym that stands for “Did. I. Eat. Today?”
I believe a “Healthy Foundation” is like building a house.
If we rely solely on one pillar, the house collapses; therefore we must identify our strengths and weakness and build up what areas need support. A few of the founding pillars I believe in consist of:
- Foundational Foods & the “Why, When, and How” of our Eating Experience
- Our External and Internal Environment
- Mindfulness, Breath, & Stress Management Techniques
- Movement, Activity, & Strength Training
... note that I did NOT include “calories” or the word “DIET”!
IF YOU ARE CHAINED OR SUFFERING FROM TODAY’S TRAGIC “DIET CULTURE”, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. YOU ARE THIRSTY FOR HEALTH AND DIET FREEDOM, AND YOU KNOW IT IS POSSIBLE --- I KNOW IT IS POSSIBLE!
HEALTH, VITALITY, AND CONFIDENCE IS ATTAINABLE WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS.
My holistic perspective stems from my own journey with a focus and passion for food and nutrition, and integrates the principles of our mind, sleep, stress, relationships, environment, behaviors and habits. I am a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, Registered Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer, and Wellness Coach with a zest for life and an enthusiastic passion for nutrition
and helping others attain their healthiest selves.
My enthusiastic energy stems from an encouraging cheerleader of 10+ years which started at a young age in Boston, MA. However, my roots as a Dietitian were planted on Virginia Tech’s soil, where I found my passion for nutrition (aka Dietetics) and Exercise and Health Promotion; I began exploring the medicinal qualities of food and exercise and the practical applications for preventative health – light bulbs went off! I threw myself into learning everything possible, and using my leadership qualities to share the incredible impacts of food, nutrition and exercise.
However, parallel with the excess stress and anxiety of my studies and pressures I constantly put on myself, I began controlling too much of what I ate. Before I knew it, I was underweight, had lost my menstrual cycle, and had the most awful GI cramps and stomach pains. The more my anxiety spiked, the more separated I became from my body and disordered eating patterns would frustratingly follow.
This important area of my life led me down to the insightful path of yoga, mindfulness, and mindful eating, which has served to be a truly transformative journey. I went on to complete two, 200-Hour Teacher Trainings (in Seattle, WA 2013 and in Rishikesh, India in 2015). Up until this point, I was already sharing how delicious, easy, and nourishing foods could be, but now I was practicing breathing techniques, providing yoga instructions, and more intimately asking about the emotions related to our food choices, in my nutrition sessions… the wheels kept turning and my clients continued growing!
In this time of integrating yoga and nutrition with clients, I went on to work as the Personal Nutritionist, Trainer, and Executive Assistant to CEO, Joe Cross at Reboot With Joe. Joe, the main star of the award-winning documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 1 and 2 was one of the founding sparks of our grassroots revolution for healthy change. With gratitude and great joy, I had the opportunity to travel all over the world and was introduced to leaders in the wellness industry and exposed to new ideas in the integrative space of nutrition…. Joe made me realize, my work as a dietitian had to be much deeper than just foods - our behaviors, habits, and the power of community and human connection was essential for sustainable health changes I aimed to provide.
And so, in tying together my enthusiastic and warm energy, my history of overcoming anxiety and disordered eating through yoga and meditation, and my unique experiences as a Dietitian these past several years, I am excited to bring an Integrative Wellness Specialist to the Roots Reboot team!! In finding the deeper connection behind what we choose to eat, I aim to understand why, when, and how we approach our daily choices and the emotions and meaning behind it; This is where sustainable and lasting change occurs.. Food is medicine, and our mind can be an antidote to using that medicine to our best ability.
I am passionate. I am grounded in this space of wellness. I am motivated to support my clients in every way possible.
INTEGRATIVE WELLNESS DIETITIAN OF ROOTS REBOOT
ROOTS REBOOT SPECIALTY:
- Adult and Adolescent Loss/Weight Management
- Mindful Eating
- Integrative Wellness Dietitian
- Women’s Health
- Yoga and Meditation
- Eating Disorders
- Group Coaching
- Personal Nutritionist, Trainer, and Executive Assistant to Chairman and CEO, Joe Cross from the hit documentary, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead at Reboot With Joe (2014, 2015)
- Leading Medically Supervised Non-Surgical Weight Management Programs (TriHealth, Cincinnati Ohio, HEALTHONE and STRIDES programming)
- Group Coaching in Weight Management and Healthy Living Classes
- Cooking Demonstrations & Hands-on Cooking Classes/Workshops/Events
- Outpatient Counseling at Women’s Health Physician Practice (TriHealth Kenwood Women’s Center)
- Nutrition Blogger and Dietitian Consultant (Reboot With Joe, Shea Training Systems, Haylie Pomroy The Fast Metabolism Diet)
- Program Development for Healthy Living Workshops (Adult Nutrition, Aging Population Nutrition, Kids/Adolescent Nutrition)
- Sports Nutrition (Shea Training Systems)
- Nutrition on Social Media (Shea Training Systems)
- Recipe Development and Meal Planning (SimpleMeals, SimpleMost app development)
- Registered Yoga Instructor (Virginia Tech University, Chicago Cheetah Gyms, The Yoga Bar, Individual/Private Instruction)
- Personal Trainer (Virginia Tech University, University of Cincinnati)
- Fitness Instructor (Bootcamp, Strength, Cycle/Spin, Pilates)
- Guided Juicing Reboot Program Nutritionist, Reboot With Joe
- Corporate Wellness Seminars/Presentations/Health Fairs
- RD: Registered Dietitian, American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association
- LD: Licensed Dietitian, Ohio
- BS: Bachelors of Science in Human, Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise (Dietetics Option and Exercise and Health Promotion Option), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- WellCoaches, Individual and Group Coaching Certificate (2016)
- Integrative and Functional Medicine Practitioner, DIFM (Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine), (currently in training courses for certification, halfway completed)
- Balanced Bites Masterclass Paleo Certified Practitioner
- CPT: Certified Personal Trainer (American Council Exercise), 2009-current
- 200 Hour Certified Yoga Alliance Teacher, Vinyasa Hatha School, Rishikesh, India (2015)
- 200 Hour Certified Yoga Alliance Teacher, The Yoga Center of Seattle (2013)
- YogaFit, Level 1 Certified (2010)
- Yin and Meditation Training Certificate (currently undergoing, half of the course completed 2018)
- Skier (favorite places to ski: Killington where I met my husband, Stowe VT where my sister lives, Big Sky Montana, Mammoth (some extended family live), and Vail CO;
- Runner (half marathons are my favorite)…. I did a marathon once and that was “one and done!”;
- Healthy Food Enthusiast (you might often find me in a juice shop or hours lost in a cooking store),
- Traveler (my love for experiencing culture has brought me to Africa (medical volunteer trip), Spain (with Taylor!!), France, Iceland (honeymoon), Canada (west to east coast), London Europe, Singapore, Australia (west to east coast), India (for yoga training) and Thailand.
See what my clients are saying
- "Working with Kristen has changed the way I live my life by making much better food choices and setting attainable goals to become a much healthier person. Kristen is so excited about what she does and that motivates me even more!" - Kathy D, 1/26/2017
- "It is an honor to give a testimonial for Kristen! Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for her being a part of my life. Kristen is genuine, kind, and has unlimited information when it comes to nutrition. She has given me the foundation of what a healthy lifestyle is for me personally. She understands the mind games our brain plays on us and has increased my knowledge around shame, habits, and self-compassion. I know food is more than just calories and I am now confident in the qualities I look for in food. For the first time in my life, I have and still am experiencing success with avoiding the traps of yoyo dieting. My liver enzymes are back in range, I have lost 90 pounds, and learned how to stop the yoyo dieting. I have been on my journey for since September 2015 and have broken many bad habits that I have been able to replace with realistic healthy habits. September 12, 2018 will be my three year anniversary of my lifestyle change that includes me being 90 pounds lighter. Although Kristen says, I did all the hard work... I know the work was easier with her guidance and inspiration. If your looking for more than just weight loss, and want a new lifestyle, Kristen is the dietitian for you." - Jeannie Jones, 3/19/2018
- "Working with Kristen was great! She was always available and responding to my personal questions. I feel like she customized the program just for me!" - Colleen Ferlin 6/12/18
- "I’ve learned how to eat, what to eat, and how to portion foods. I’ve learned healthy eating is not the only recipe to weight loss. Exercise, support, accountability and more come in to play. I started with several routines, and now those routines are habit. My energy level has gone through the roof and filled me up with positivity. I’m getting ready to turn 41 and I haven’t felt this great since high school. I always blamed my aches and pains on my lower back which I had surgery on. After losing the weight I’ve realized the aches and pains came from my weight. I love having the energy to hang out with my boys. I can truly say I’ve missed a lot, but have gained so much more by getting on this journey. I’ve tried many diets and have spoke with many people and nothing had worked. After my family recommended Kristen I was skeptical. I was wrong! The time and devotion she’s put into me and all the other participants is amazing. She looks at everyone as an individual and not as a group. There’s so much to say. The main thing I’ll continue to say is you won’t be disappointed. Thank you Kristen! – Kevin Sousa (now down to 170 lb. loss)
- "I've learned it's never all or nothing anymore. You don't have to wait until tomorrow, you don't even have to wait until the next meal.. if you have an unhealthy choice, you can have a fruit or vegetable with it. It's about the planning ahead, I think completely different now. Things come up, and life is busy and I always have things I grab. One of the biggest things I've learned is it is not all or nothing anymore. It's stuck with me the water, exercise, the protein and fiber pairings. It was hard and it didn't come overnight, but it is a journey. The scale is not my anymore." - Gina Caruso 2/18
- "I enjoyed the classes. I learned to rethink my nutrition that there is no good or bad and there is no perfection. It was also helpful to learn how to pair my foods to eat healthier. The most important point was to eat every 3-4 hours, this helped stabilize my sugar so I no longer feel starving and then overeat. Kristen has a lot helpful tips and her approach is kind without any pressure." - Carla Colvin 6/12/18
- "Kristen is the real deal. She is so enthusiastic and warm. She meets each individual where they are. She teaches a way of life not a diet.. It is obvious she is passionate about nutrition and educates with genuine care and concern." - Kelley 6/2018
- "On October 30th, 2016, my doctor’s office gave me my blood test results. My A1c (diabetes test) was 6.3. I asked what that meant. I was told the following (Less than 5.6 is totally normal, non-diabetic, 5.7 - 6.3 is pre-diabetic, Greater than 6.4 is diabetic) I was told to follow up with my doctor in 6 months, and I made my appointment. No advice, no instructions, no medications. See you in 6 months. Yikes!!!! After a brief freak-out I gathered my senses and thought “how much more damage is going to happen in 6 months!?! What am I going to do?!?” I know a little about diabetes, but not enough. I knew the doctor would want me to do some sort of diabetes education, lose weight, increase my activity, eat right…etc. But where do I start? When do I start? How do I start? I can’t wait 6 months!!! The logical place for me to start was getting control of my eating, and thus my sugar. I could not let it get worse. Eating right means what? How do I do this? Why me?! You have to understand, all these thoughts are rushing through my head in a frenzy. I was overwhelmed, frustrated, angry, scared, and under-educated. I wanted to cry! My life had taken a huge turn, and I wasn’t happy with the new view. I had to take control, get control, and keep control. OH! I’ll ask a dietician, a nutrition specialist, someone who could give me some guidelines. So I called and made an appointment with Kristen. Honestly, I wasn’t looking forward to the changes I needed to make. But when I sat down with her, she gave me a lot of information all at once, but made it easy to understand. (Deep breath. I can do this.) Kristen made me realize that with some changes in the way I eat, not just what I eat, all of the things would start to fall in place. She gave me guidelines, knowledge, and empowerment. It was the first time since hearing my results that I actually felt like I could do something about my health. It was the first and most important step on my new journey. The view started to change. I followed the guidelines using the handouts Kristen gave me. That was pretty easy, and it just keeps getting easier. My sugar cravings and my carb cravings basically went away in about a week. Wow, my daily sugar levels are really improving! I grocery shop with Kristen’s paperwork in my hand. It keeps me from buying the less healthy items. I started walking. Every day. Not far, and not fast. Just walking. I now try to walk a mile every day, but if I don’t do it, I don’t beat myself up. I just try again tomorrow. I can go out to eat with my friends now. I know what the better options are, and howthey will affect my sugar. I log everything I eat. If I have a bad sugar day, I know why. I just try again tomorrow. If I have a great sugar day, which is happening very often, I know why. I log my activity. Walking, housecleaning, gardening, everything counts! And now for the biggest news: I have lost 50 pounds in just over 4 months and still going strong! My A1c test is now 5.7 (barely pre-diabetic) and that was tested just 3 months after starting the better way of eating. I’m doing it! You can too! Thank you Kristen!" - Beth Bussen, 9/12/2017