Hi, I’m Andi, a certified therapeutic recreational specialist, health coach, and culinary nutrition expert. I specialize in working with individuals like you who want to decrease stress, and increase their energy and overall health so they can live the life they deserve. I believe that the path to wellness is through nutrition and positive lifestyle choices. Personal health and wellbeing begins from the inside out.
There are many trends and fads when it comes to nutrition. Today milk is the best thing for you, tomorrow it’s the worst. Beyond trying to decipher which foods you should and should not include in your diet, you may be wondering which diet is the one for you: Paleo? Gluten free? Vegan? Mediterranean? What are healthy fats? What foods should you include to lower cholesterol? What are healthy plant-based proteins and do those offer the same benefits as proteins from meat? Things can get overwhelming! This is where I come in. It’s my job to help you discover what eating plan will work best for your specific needs – because after all, no two individuals are exactly the same.
Because I have helped myself, I feel confident I can help you.
My mission is to guide you on your own journey to health and happiness by helping you create a sustainable lifestyle that is right for you. Through nutritional advice, self-care tips and healthy lifestyle changes, I guide people just like you to increased energy, reduced stress and overall balance and wellbeing. We will focus on not just nutrition or weight loss but on you as a whole person, creating the healthy lifestyle you deserve.
No two people are the same, so my approach is tailored specifically to you based on your needs so we can create a lifestyle that works for you.
So, are you ready to save your life?
But first, let’s take a step back to when my health-seeking journey really began.
My nutritional journey became my main focus the summer of 2011 when I was diagnosed with melanoma. My surgeon said I was lucky to be alive and that I had saved my life with early intervention. I intuitively turned to food as medicine and prevention. However, this was only the beginning of my health challenges.
I struggled with fatigue that left me feeling drained of all my energy. I was too tired to have a social life and do the leisure activities I used to enjoy. All of this led to stress and left me feeling unhappy in my job, my relationship, and with myself.
I had created unhealthy habits I was unaware of, which led to a list of contributing factors to my unhappiness:
- I was stressed and anxious.
- I wasn’t getting restful sleep.
- I wasn’t in tune with my body.
- I was unmotivated to exercise, or at least keep a regular workout schedule.
- I was less intimate with my partner because I didn’t like my body.
- I became insecure and lost confidence in myself.
- I was broke – I didn’t know how to budget properly.
- I would feel guilty and beat myself up when I indulged in pizza, ice cream and other sweets.
Then something clicked. I remembered something my surgeon said to me—I had saved my life by being in tune with my body and proactive about my health concerns. I decided that it was time to turn things around and enjoy what felt like a second chance at life. I began to turn to food again as a way to heal myself from the inside out. This lead to other positive lifestyle changes that spilled over into my relationships with friends and family. With the healthy choices I incorporated into my life, I began to notice the positive benefits:
- I have increased energy.
- I sleep better and wake up feeling refreshed.
- I feel happy.
- I am able to do the things I love again.
- I am able to reduce my stress.
- I like the person I see in the mirror.
- I have a healthier relationship with my finances.
- I am in tune with the day to day needs of my body, mind and spirit.
I have learned to be patient, kind and compassionate with myself. The negative choices I had made up to this point in my life took time. It took time to produce harmful effects on my body. So it will take time to heal, nourish and create the healthy lifestyle I deserve. But I am worth it and so are you.
I currently live in Little Rock, Arkansas, where I work as a certified therapeutic recreational therapist. Before moving to Little Rock, I attended the University of Oklahoma, where I received a BA in psychology. Once I completed my degree, I did an internship with Dolphin Human Therapy in Key Largo, Florida. I received my master’s in therapeutic recreation from State University of New York at Cortland. From there, I completed an internship with Sun Valley Adaptive Sports in Ketchum, Idaho, finally ending up in Little Rock by way of Dallas.
I am a certified Culinary Nutrition Expert through the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. I attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I received my health coach certification. I am fascinated by the health and wellness field, and I love that I am always learning—it helps me grow personally so that I can better help future clients like you!
Additional Professional Experience
Culinary Nutrition Expert, Academy of Culinary Nutrition, December 2015
Health and Wellness Coach Certification, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, October 2014
Karma Kids Yoga Teen Yoga Teacher Training, April 2013
Karma Kids Yoga Children’s Yoga Teacher Training, August 2012
Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist, February 2010 – Present
MS: Therapeutic Recreation, State University of New York, Cortland, NY, 2009
BA: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 2005
If I could, I would eat, sleep, and breathe nutrition! I also love running, yoga, traveling, reading, photography and the outdoors. I have a dog named Lucy, and my boyfriend and I train her as a search and rescue dog through a local organization. When I am not working or creating new recipes, we like to take Lucy to explore local restaurants and hiking trails around Little Rock. I love experimenting with smoothies every morning, I’m addicted to avocados and I love when my boyfriend brings me back dark chocolate from his travels around the world!