There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to health. Yes, there are basic nutritional principles that guide our eating patters, but the specifics of what, when, and how much vary from person to person. Let me help you discover the tools necessary for you to tune into the messages your body is sending you so that you can take care of it in a way that’s best for you.
Depending on your health and nutrition needs, I want to help you:
- Move beyond the scale to lasting, truly healthful behaviors
- Understand why your health isn’t dictated by your weight, but rather multiple behaviors and factors. Let’s work on the things that really do matter.
- Free you from guilt and anxiety around your food choices. These have become normal in our society, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
- Understand that you don’t have to spend lots of time and money in order to pursue health.
- Eat in a way that supports your body so that you can live the life you want to live and accomplish the things you want to.
- Discover new ways of eating that promote health in every way—physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual.
- Explore any nutrition-related symptoms or conditions you may be experiencing with evidence-based practice so that you can feel and function optimally.
I offer faith-based nutritional counseling to those whose faith is a very important part of their life. I want to invite our ultimate Healer into the process so that you can get a better understanding of who He is, who He has made you, and how that impacts the way you take care of your body. Click here for an article that explains how I think the Bible informs food and body thoughts.
Virtual Nutrition Coaching
For those of you who would like to work with me but live outside of the state of Oklahoma, I provide virtual nutrition coaching. Content of our sessions will look very similar, but will just be conducted online!
Sometimes we need a little boost in skills and confidence when it comes to feeding ourselves and our families. Let me help you grow your confidence in this area! Beforehand, we will discuss your goals and needs when it comes to cooking in the kitchen to determine what you would like to learn to prepare. This can be a great option to supplement what you are learning during one-on-one sessions to help with the exploration phase of finding foods that nourish and satisfy.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Oftentimes, gastrointestinal symptoms can be resolved through regular eating patters, decreasing specific vegetable intakes, decreasing stress, or taking certain supplements. However, there are times when certain foods actually trigger GI symptoms. It's possible that chronic pain and migraines can be tied to foods as well. These foods are different for each person and may be dose dependent. The Mediator Release Test (MRT) is a blood test that can help determine what those foods are for you. It's important to make sure that there are not other issues at play, but sometimes reducing specific foods can be helpful for feeling your best.
What clients are saying:
"My disordered eating history started in my preteen years with an undiagnosed eating disorder. Over the years (I'm 33 now) how my ED has manifested has shifted from one extreme to the other (restricting and over exercising in high school to binge eating in college to secret eating as an adult) but the one thing that has remained constant has been "food rules". I had a rule for everything; when to eat breakfast, when to eat dessert, how much water to drink, when to weigh, when to exercise, "good" foods vs "bad" foods, the list was endless. I was desperate for control and was grasping at whatever straws I thought might break the cycle. I longed for food freedom but in a world of crash diets and calorie obsession, I didn't even know where to begin. The straw that broke the proverbial back came right before a big cross country move this past summer. My ED was in full swing and I found myself having urges to restrict, every interaction with food became a stress and anxiety producing experience, and I was engaging in food binging and hiding it from my husband and family. Enough was enough. Once we completed our move to the Tulsa area, I reached out to a local therapist who put me in touch with Ashley. I went in expecting more rules but what I found instead was a caring individual who wanted freedom for me as much as I wanted it for myself. With Ashley's help, I began to break down the decades worth of rules I had put into place for myself. Ashley brought to the table the radical idea that I didn't have to fight my body, but I could actually trust it and even grow to love it. Instilling her practice and beliefs in mindfulness, I stopped engaging in harmful habits and began to empower myself to make truly healthy decisions that have bettered myself from the inside out. It's a journey though and I still have moments of struggle. It's been a lot of hard work that at times is even harder than it needs to be with our culture where it is. But I'm learning that there's no quick fixes and if anything is worth doing, it's going to take energy and effort. I owe so much of my current success and finally being headed in the correct direction to Ashley." –PG
"Ashley is a dynamite dietitian who has forever changed my life for the better. I am more confident, feel happier, and actually enjoy and savor the act of eating instead of inhaling and bingeing and feeling nothing but a temporary high that crashed hard later into a self-shaming, depressive episode. At the time in my life I first started working with her, I had reached a point where I didn't think I deserved to eat at all. Now, it is one of the most enjoyed pleasures that I look forward to every single day, no matter what or how much.
In short, food is no longer my enemy. It is now my best friend, and so is my body, and my relationship with myself. I could not have asked for more, nor dreamed of it to have ever happened at all. She has liberated me into being the person I never thought I would ever be because I felt trapped by food for thirty years. My gratitude for that empowerment knows no bounds, nor will it ever. Ashley is not just a dietitian. She is a life-saver. I know because she saved mine!" -KM