My Purpose in Life
We all have a unique purpose in life…a gift that enables us to help and serve others. My purpose, then, is to help you realize how much power you have in controlling the quality of your life through what you eat, how you move, and what you think! Once you understand and implement this concept, your entire life will change.
You can achieve your highest level of health & fitness in a way that doesn’t evoke stress or shame around food or exercise. I will teach you how to satisfy your body on a biochemical level. After you properly quench your body's need for real nutrients (vitamins, minerals, & phytonutrients), food cravings and addictions naturally subside.
Health is Wealth
A Bump in the Road...
We all face "bumps" in the road or obstacles in our lives. Sometimes these issues are financial, personal, or health-related.
Health is the driving force behind my wellness mission. To best understand my fervor for this topic, you'll need to know why my own health prompted me to adopt a special kind of love for a diet based upon colorful, nutrient-rich foods (in other words, healing foods). Here's why...
I've had to deal with a few ass-kicking conditions in my life, including uterine problems & thyroid cancer. In a way, it's been a blessing in disguise, as it prompted me to further research the profound benefits & effects of healthy eating on certain health conditions. Now I can relay all of my findings to you! And, because I take care of what goes into my body, I put the odds in my favor that I thrive optimally.
My point is, no matter what type of health or medical affliction you’re facing, symptoms can be lessened and quality of life improved when you change up what goes into your body. At the very least, symptoms do not worsen when eating an anti-inflammatory & nutrient-rich diet. In some cases, changing your eating habits can make some conditions disappear completely! Awesome.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a pretty tough-standing gal. I kind of have to be. Even so, hearing I had papillary thyroid cancer was flat-out scary.
I’ve actually chosen, at least thus far, to keep my thyroid in place. You may have heard people say, “Oh, that’s the best type of cancer to have!” This may be true to an extent...but PLEASE, nobody wants to hear that because the word cancer is freaking scary. Period. Thanks.
Diets rich in antioxidants and plant-protein versus animal protein may help prevent cancer
We know that diet, specifically a plant-based one that eliminates animal protein, can help protect us against cancer. Whole-food, plant-based diets help flood our body with the protective antioxidants it needs to fight off free radicals and even promote cancer cell death (known as apoptosis). Remember the aforementioned age-defying phytonutrients? Well, they are a significant reason why colorful, plant-based foods help fight cancer. In addition to having large amounts of these special nutrients, plant-based diets that eliminate animal-based protein sources decrease levels of the hormone, IGF-1 (insulin-growth factor 1), thereby decreasing tumor growth. Works for me.
When I was diagnosed, my subconscious mind threw out lots of referrals to the science I’ve read in the past regarding diet (and other lifestyle factors) & and its effect on cancer. I felt slightly relieved. But, and this is a big but… I am currently closely monitoring the thyroid nodules for any growth or indication that I should remove the gland altogether. My docs are okay with keeping a close eye on the thyroid. I don’t want to lose a whole, very important gland, unless it’s absolutely necessary. I would take surgical action immediately should the nodules grow or do anything sketchy.
In the beautiful meantime, I feed my body a super-protective diet filled with nourishing, plant-based juices, smoothies & food. I listen to my body and exercise most days of the week. I feed my mind constructive, positive & uplifting thoughts. This is the equation for health & happiness.
There's no fun way of handling this sock-knocking condition. I’ll spare the exact physiology behind the condition that essentially causes exorbitant amounts of pain each month. Nobody knows for sure what causes it, though there are several theories. A hormonal imbalance is for sure at play. But, we know that diet, exercise, and mind-body practices all affect hormones, as they affect most things in the body. I choose to have my diet and lifestyle positively affect my health.
The quality of what we eat, how we move, and what we think affects how we feel – either for the good or for the bad. When I realized that modifying my diet (to one that doesn't increase estrogen levels), exercising in moderation, and healthy mind/relaxation practices could potentially help this condition – I jumped all over it.
Since I’ve adopted a high-nutrient, high-plant-based diet that omits inflammatory foods, supplemented with some helpful vitamins and exercise, I’ve improved how I feel during these times. Did I cure endometriosis? No. Do I feel better, overall? YUP.
While endometriosis can be a very tough thing to handle (and tough I am)… I constantly recognize and appreciate that my health-promoting lifestyle makes the world of a difference. We know that symptoms of any condition would be much worse without the implementation of a healthy body & mind practice.
Rachelle's Education & Experience
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Here's the deal with my education and work experience. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Food & Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics from Framingham State University in Massachusetts (a school known for its superb dietetic program). I completed the following supervised internships as part of my dietetic coordinated program:
Acute-Care/Hospital setting: Veterans' Administration Medical Center, West Roxbury, MA
Foodservice setting: Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
Community nutrition setting: Community Servings, Jamaica Plains, MA
I basically worked my butt off studying organic chemistry & biochemistry (which I LOVED), while other college students were out partying. I'm so fascinated by the biochemical interaction between food and our bodies, that I spent many years working in the "clinical" or hospital setting. I provided nutrition therapy for people in their sickest state. I have extensive experience alleviating conditions including, but not limited to: diabetes, obesity/overweight, cardiovascular disease, eating disorders, bariatric surgery, chronic kidney disease & end-stage kidney disease, children over the age of 5 in need of healthier eating habits, tube-fed and critically ill patients and healthy eating guidelines in general.
I have ample experience counseling individuals 1 on 1 and in group settings for various conditions, most notably for weight loss and optimizing health. After all my years practicing clinical nutrition, teaching nutrition classes, and subsequently counseling friends and family on the side, I have adopted and use an "integrative approach." Basically, I think outside the box and look at the body as a whole in order to provide my clients with outstanding results.
Certified Nutrition Support Clinician
I became a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC) in 2016 through the American Society of Enteral & Parenteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N). This meritorious certification represents my specialization in patients requiring nutrition through feeding tubes and/or intravenously. I thoroughly enjoyed studying for this exam due to my love for biochemistry and science!
Certified Personal Trainer
Nutrient-dense diets and exercise go hand-in-hand. That’s why I hold my Certified Personal Training certification through The American Council on Exercise (ACE). I’ve always enjoyed athletics since I was a young girl. Everything from track & field, cross-country running to Tae-Bo, kick-boxing, & weight lifting.
Nothing makes you feel better than that surge of feel-good chemicals from a nice workout session! Throughout all of my years in athletics, sports, and exercising for fun, I now realize you can reap all of the benefits in a relatively short amount of time - without even having to go to a gym!
Presentations, Classes & Clients with whom I’ve worked
I love love love presenting lectures and classes on my favorite topics: health, nutrition, & fitness!
I’ve taught numerous presentations and classes to the community, patients, physicians and medical students. I’ve presented on topics such as: weight loss, healthy living, heart disease, diabetes, prediabetes, and nutrition support.
Additionally, I have extensive experience providing nutrition therapy and counseling for a wide variety of clients, including but not limited to: physicians, nurses, entertainment professionals, teachers, lawyers, engineers, scientists, and children in need of healthier eating habits.
Psssst! A side note...
Just in case you were wondering, I was not born a plant-loving health enthusiast. I always loved & engaged in athletics, but -- diet wise? Quite the contrary. I used to consume sugary drinks, snacks, & fast food. Of course, at the time, I didn't have a desire to eat nutrient-dense foods, because junk food induces cravings for more junk food. Added sugar, saturated fat, and salt keep you reeled right in! This is why the saying, “your body knows what it needs” doesn’t always have validity. You have to take a step back and think "what does my body really need?" The answer is never actually soda or candy. Together, we can train your body to crave real, whole food, all the while stopping the calorie-counting madness!
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