If there was one way to describe you, it would be health curious.
Or maybe you are frustrated....
If you are any of the above, this is the right place to be.
The most common question I get is: 'how do I eat more nutrients?'
Not everyone practitioner explains the 'why' behind certain symptoms or experiences. Doctor's don't necessarily tell you why they think your health status is or is not related to xyz. At a first glance, even the best nutritionist could not fully explain or understand their client's symptoms. Quickly my biggest goal as a nutritionist became to teach people what they need and learn how to get enough of it.
To begin understanding what we need, it takes a lot of digging into lifestyle habits and physical symptoms. The goal is not to see each individual symptom, but to understand their connection.
What is the one thing no practitioner fully knows? Exactly what it feels like to live in your body.
What we don't have as individuals? Guides to tracking and explaining exactly what goes on in our bodies. Small physical experiences you may think are variations of being a human can actually be related to nutritional deficiencies. The goal is to not eliminate them to achieve perfect health, but to understand how they all relate so we can track what our body systems might need. It is no longer about tracking specific amounts of fats, carbs, or protein, it is about what your body says you need.
I want to make sure you learn the most from this experience, so I plan to give you ample opportunities to learn about the topics I aim to cover in the resources that I have created. I have reflected often on my own experiences and how I see my clients learn the most from our short time together. I decided the first step for anyone in this process is to learn how to navigate the wide range of nutrient dense foods. It’s not just about choosing all of the superfoods, it is actually about the whole of our life and some aspects completely unrelated to what we eat (like grocery shopping).
My goal is to encourage, inspire and guide you to what your body is telling you it needs. Let's improve overall health with every bite of life!
If there is one way to describe me, it is compassionate and mindful.
I don't follow protocols or subscribe to a serious supplement regimen unless I am not well. I can track what I need and decide by the day, week, month if I need to do anything extra or anything less. I strive for the best relationship with food. That means I sustain self compassion when I indulge. It also means I am mindful of how I am feeling.
It's been a long journey for me. My health history includes hormonal imbalance, stress, mono, several debilitating viruses, candida, leaky gut, and paralyzing anxiety with depression. I healed myself with the help of some amazing nutritionists, friends, food and supplements.
In times of serious need, I always revert to clean and easily digestible food. Refined carbohydrates and added preservatives or chemicals have been some of the biggest agitators to my health in the past. Subscribing to a diet that is low in added sugar (even from natural sources) as well as a lifestyle low in toxins (house cleaning products and beauty products) have helped me achieve higher mental clarity, happiness and success. When in doubt, always assess the color density and natural state of food. I often check in with myself on these questions: Are you eating dark leafy greens? How about purple potatoes over high starch, white potatoes? What is the quality and sourcing of your food? Do you eat the same vegetable every day, or are you including a few different colors, textures and flavors? A collage of naturally occurring food is the key to achieving the range of nutrients your body needs to successfully function every day. Without them, we start to see small signs like brittle nails or fatigue... eventually we have bigger problems and our bodies will set off warning signals. Big things, like heart attack, diabetes, PCOS, divorce (yes, even mood swings from deficiency can cause strain in your relationship) can be the result of those smaller signs.
How A.K. Kitchen & Nutrition got started
I was born and raised in Maryland. I have been interested in nutrition since high school but went to college to find myself through literature, philosophy, anthropology and mindfulness. This has driven me to mindfulness in a whole new level where I continue to learn how to live a conscious and conscientious life- which isn't always a clear path. Never truly seeing the path before me makes life so beautiful. The road to a healthy mind and healthy body has twists and turns along the way, sometimes they are unexpected. My ideas evolve frequently just like my dietary habits. I strive to minimize judgement and negative thoughts or feelings; because believe me, from the person I came from, this is difficult for me to practice and succeed. I believe in the power of logic and philosophy, I want to inspire myself and others to transcend who we are in this moment to be blissful and powerful in the next.
I completed my undergraduate college degree in 2014 from Goucher College. In the summer of 2017, I graduated from my Master's in Clinical Nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly known as Tai Sophia). Along with my philosophy in life, I strive to look at every moment as a lesson to learn from. The circle of life is prevalent and I have found myself, many times, back where I once was before the lessons I have learned. There is synergy in who we were then and who we are now. My goal is to become wiser and stronger with every given moment, even in times of weakness. I want the same for everyone as we all deserve a chance at happiness and a sense of true self.
Along the way, I realized that we all have similar complaints about the healthcare we receive, and we all desire to be able to know what to do on our own. That is when I realized that we don't have one complete guide to tracking what our body says. I completed my master's in clinical nutrition and learned what it takes to heal and support my body, mind and soul, There are so many other people figuring things out as they go but the reality is that we don't have all the resources or educational materials like we should. I want you to have opportunities to heal and transition into a healthy (or healthier) lifestyle that is easy. In search of achieving this goal and to have more art in my life, I created A.K. Kitchen & Nutrition.
Since completing my nutrition program, I have moved to Hudson, New York and began working alongside an amazing chiropractic office, KB chiropractic. For more information head to book an appointment or check out my current and upcoming services.