Hi, I'm Caroline!
I am so glad you are here!
I am a dietitian, diabetes educator, and self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist.
I spent years of my life living in diet culture and feeling stuck. Now I am passionate about helping people like you drop dieting and finally feel successful with nutrition!
- Let’s see… It all began in 1994 in Nashville, TN. Since then, I moved approximately eight times until I was an adult.
- Growing up, I was always interested in food, always slightly overweight as a child, and never ate a green vegetable unless there was an ultimatum on the table (like most kids if we are being honest).
- My mom was a Pampered Chef consultant and was always bringing home new recipes and fun gadgets. In our house, food was how we gathered together. We got creative, and always tried new dishes.
- Despite the lack of nutrients in my diet when I was younger, I always loved to cook, grocery shop, plan meals and recipes. One of my earliest memories is making spaghetti with my grandma. I had to stand on the step stool to reach the sauce, but she would let me stir it.
- Preparing for college (ahem, move #9 of my life), I decided to “get healthy”. I started exercising after school and eating vegetables for the first time in my life.
- I lost a noticeable amount of weight and got lots of affirmation from friends and family… but by this point, the seeds of disordered eating were already sown.
- I had turned into an obsessive cardio bunny that couldn’t stop calorie counting despite the fact that I was miserable.
- So I packed up, and I went to college thinking it would be the fresh start I needed. Of course, moving can’t fix everything. College turned into years of disordered eating and exercise compulsion, and of course – ever so fatefully – deciding to become a dietitian so that I could figure out nutrition once and for all! (Hilariously, I thought more nutrition information would solve my obsession with nutrition.)
- Eventually, things started to change. I was tired of feeling obsessed, chained to the scale and the gym, and tired of poor body image.
- I started noticing how other people acted around food. “Wait… normal people just eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full? But how???” It was a rollercoaster, and took more years of work before I eventually felt like my years of disordered eating were behind me.
- Today, life is looking quite different from my past. I recovered from the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting and decided diet culture wouldn’t take one more precious moment of my life.
- After working as a Corporate America Dietitian and diabetes educator in an Endocrinology clinic in North Carolina, my significant other Joey, our precious pup Brody, and I finally packed up for Virginia. We wanted to be closer to family, have farm animals, breathe the fresh mountain air, and grow our own food. (Also, after moving around every 2 years my whole life, nothing sounded more comforting to me than staying put for a long while.)
- Shortly after moving to Virginia in 2020, I started my private practice, and as they say, the rest is history. I had what can only be described as a lightbulb moment when I realized that my disordered eating history combined with my education made me pretty dang excited (and hello, relatable!) for helping people heal their relationship with food.
- And so it began. But I didn’t want to give up the rest of my career that I had worked so hard for either. So today, you will still find me working with people with diabetes and training them on insulin pumps when I am not seeing my own clients.
- Along the way, I started acquiring new interests like working in the media. Now, I write for Eat This, Not That! and other publications on the regular. You could say I wear a lot of hats.
- Today you can find us doing all the “homestead things” walking along an old dirt road, playing with Brody, making my own kombucha, watching Brody try to chase the chickens (hasn’t caught one yet), or digging up some veggies in our garden.
Want to be closer friends?
Here’s what you can do next:
- Say “Hello!” at email@example.com
- Connect with me on the socials at @notyouraverage.dietitian where I especially love to give you the inside scoop on daily life on the farm + all the drop-the-diet tips you could need!
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