Hi there! My name is Katie and this will be my blog where I talk about all things related to nutrition, mindset, lifestyle, and performance. Over the past twelve or so years, I have become quite passionate about these different (yet connected) areas of focus. I began this journey when I competed as a swimmer for my local swim club in Northern California. I experienced quite a bit of pre-race anxiety which became frustrating because I didn't know how to handle what I was experiencing. It wasn't until my coach introduced several sport psychology concepts to me (imagery, productive self-talk, goal setting, and energy management) that I finally started having great races.
While in college pursuing my BA in psychology, I stumbled upon a sport psychology course while looking for one more class to add to my schedule. Thank goodness I did! I had no idea that sport psychology was a thing, let alone a field where people actually worked with athletes on their mental performance. I knew this was the field for me!
I eagerly applied and enrolled in a Master's program in sport psychology (at John F. Kennedy University) and spent the next two-and-a-half years focusing on my education and future career. When I graduated in 2010, I began actively working with individual athletes and sports teams in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 2013, I was given the opportunity to work with the U.S. Army teaching sport/performance psychology and resilience to our Soldiers, their families, and the civilians that worked on the installation. I spent 5 years working with the Army and had such an incredible experience helping others enhance their performance.
While my career in sport psychology was extremely rewarding, I became fascinated by the field of nutrition and the power of food. I went through my own diet and lifestyle changes at the beginning of 2017, which left me feeling like a whole new person. I had struggled with low energy throughout the day (despite the countless cups of coffee I was drinking), would become quite hungry (or "hangry" as described by my colleagues) and irritable before meals, and just overall felt...blah. I did an elimination diet for 30 days, followed by careful re-introductions of the eliminated foods and I was amazed at what had happened. My mood had improved, I was sleeping better at night, I only drank about a cup of coffee a day (more-so for the taste than the needed caffeine boost), and I just felt amazing. I had no idea that swapping out a few things in my diet that weren't doing my any favors could make such a difference.
At that point, I wanted to know more about how nutrition could make such an impact on how someone was feeling. That was when I decided to look into going back to school. The very thought of starting up school again was a bit terrifying. I hadn't been in a class in over seven years...would I be able to handle it?!?! After much encouragement from my friends and family, I decided to give it a shot. I found Bauman College and knew
it was the right fit for me. I could take classes from afar, which allowed me to continue my career with the Army. 18 months later (plus a new baby!!), I completed my coursework. I learned so much through my time at Bauman...and not just about nutrition. Nutrition plays a part in our overall well-being, but there is so much more than that. The way we live our lives, how we handle stress, the products we use in our home and on our own bodies, how we think...it is all connected.
In June of 2020, I decided to take my nutrition practice one step further and focus on specialized programs for couples who are planning to conceive, for pregnant women, and the postpartum phases. I became an Instructor for the Feed Your Fertile Body!™ program, the Feed Your Pregnant Body!™ program, and the Feed Your Growing Family!™ program. Navigating those different phases of life is something that I have found particularly interesting after experiencing them myself. I felt like I received a lot of conflicting and confusing information on what I was "supposed" to do, but many of the recommendations did not fit with my lifestyle. I will be sharing more information about these programs in coming week, so stay tuned!
The connection between nutrition, our daily choices, how we think, and how we perform is what I am here to help you with today. Helping folks optimize their lives to feel and perform at their best is at the core of what I do. I am excited to share the things I am most passionate about with you all, and cannot wait to connect!