Are you frustrated by all of the conflicting nutrition advice on the internet, TV, and in magazines?
Do you find it difficult to relate to the fitness models and bodybuilders posing on the covers of magazines at the grocery store checkout?
Or are you affected by analysis paralysis, struggling to follow the ‘right’ nutrition and exercise plans?
You’re not alone. Many people—myself included—have grappled with the information—and misinformation—regarding nutrition in the media today.
Welcome to Vitamin PhD: Evidence-Based Nutrition, where the scientific method reigns supreme, and you can be confident that the information you’re provided is evidence-based. While I could use my title of ‘Doctor’ to attempt to convince you that my advice is accurate, I guarantee you that I will never expect my clients to simply take my word for anything. The scientific method and peer-review processes are essential to insuring the validity and reliability of nutrition research, and in turn the safety and effectiveness of my nutrition prescriptions.
I graduated with a BS in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education in 2009. In 2014, I earned my PhD in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech where I studied the role of probiotics on skeletal muscle metabolism. That year, I was hired as an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Georgia Gwinnett College where I teach sport nutrition and anatomy and physiology. I’ve dabbled in quite a few sports since the age of 19. As an undergraduate, I was an avid climber, working as a climbing instructor with the Boy Scouts of America. That was also the period of time during which I discovered my love for weightlifting and powerlifting, having won two competitions hosted by local universities. During graduate school, I competed in numerous trail races throughout the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. In April 2015 I competed in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition after roughly six months of training, and while I didn’t win, I learned a great deal about pushing myself to the limit! In October 2015, I competed in my first bodybuilding competition at the Lee Haney Games where I won first place in the Open Class A of the women’s physique division. I’m currently preparing for my next show which will take place at the end of June. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, camping, weight lifting, and volunteering.
In the past few years, I’ve watched celebrities like The Food Babe and Dr. Oz popularize fad diets, chemophobia, and expensive, ineffective supplements. Their evidence is almost entirely anecdotal and often downright inaccurate, adding to pre-existing confusion and conflicting information. The goal of Vitamin PhD: Evidence-Based Nutrition is to provide safe, effective, affordable nutrition consultation for weight management and sport performance based on peer-reviewed research and scientific method. It is my personal goal to empower my clients with the knowledge and confidence to take control of their diets and reach their maximum potential without resorting to fad diets or pricey supplements. But don’t just take my word for it!