Welcome to Wholehearted Nutrition-I am so happy our paths have crossed! At the core of this site you'll see is a lot about finding joy and freedom in what we eat, how we move, and the relationships we have with our bodies.
I'm Amanda, a non-diet Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living and working in the Bloomington, IN area, with my husband and built-in personal trainer, Matt, and our beloved corgi, Miya May.
I know, I know... we must be so healthy. But I want you to know, sometimes we skip our workouts when we're just not feeling it. We do not always get the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. We rarely ever turn down the opportunity for dessert. And all of these things are, and can be, a part of a completely healthy lifestyle.
The wholehearted story
I love food. Not just eating it, but enjoying it, making and baking with it, creating memories with family and friends around a full table, experiencing new cultures through it, revisiting the past with it and even how it can comfort us.... Food serves so many wonderful purposes but I, like so many others, haven't always had a good relationship with it. Just a few years ago I would only allow myself to eat a donut on National Donut Day... and I really like donuts.
Growing up, my parents did a wonderful job of providing for my siblings and me. There was always food in the home and I never felt pressure from them to eat or to look a certain way. In fact, I lived a good majority of my young life without an association between what I ate and how I looked or any other glimpse of diet culture. I now know what a privilege it is to have had this kind of childhood.
During high school, I felt a pull to find a career in a health field as it seemed like a sure path to serve others. Around the same time, I was exposed to diet and wellness culture. After hearing a story about a chef who saved their client's life through a vegetarian diet, I modified my own diet accordingly and discovered the field of Dietetics. It seemed like a perfect match. Throughout college, the path did not stray too much. I was determined to become a dietitian, hoping to work with others, help them lose weight, and become “healthy”. During the next five and a half years, I bounced in and out of various forms of diets, food rules, and unnecessary restrictions, often at the expense of my favorite foods and enjoying life's experiences.
Somehow along the way, during a swift but sweet week long rotation, I was briefly introduced to Intuitive Eating by a preceptor and a seed was planted. Now that seed was not properly nourished or cared for, so it stayed dormant for a little over a year, just waiting for the rain. Then, one day after talking to yet another patient about their failed dieting attempts and them breaking down in tears, it began to pour. This person confided in me about their desire to diet for family, for their kids, for their providers, and in pursuit of health, but the diets did nothing but take them further away from all of this, further away from themselves. You could hear in their voice that they were a strong and capable person who wanted nothing more than to do what was “right”... but diets were creating a constant feeling of failure and wrongness that was diminishing their passion and self-esteem. After sitting with them for a while, and just taking time to listen, I finally revisited Intuitive Eating with new eyes, found this fierce and amazing Health at Every Size community, and fell in love with the idea of helping others improve their relationship with food and their bodies that I had struggled so long to find for myself and have allowed myself to enjoy donuts anytime I want, without the thought of turning back.
After finding out that wellness culture runs deep and wide, I brainstormed for a while. Then, with some encouragment, support, and a bit of unexpected bravery, I quit my full-time job and opened my private practice, Wholehearted Nutrition. From here, I hope to reach as many people as possible by helping them own their body knowledge and guide them along their journey to food freedom and body peace.
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The wholehearted philosophy
A comprehensive approach to your wellness and nutrition that takes into consideration the whole person
No diets or restrictions or food rules or punishing yourself for what you eat
Intuitive eating, food freedom, and eating in a way that makes you feel good-sometimes this includes dessert, regularly
Movement that should not only feel good but you find enjoyable
Exercise should not be used as punishment for what you ate, how your body looks, or any other reason
Health at Every Size and weight neutrality-everybody can pursue health and our worth does not lie in a number
Food is more than fuel, movement is not just exercise, and all of our bodies are deserving of love, compassion, and care
So there you have it, a little bit about Wholehearted Nutrition and the Dietitian behind it-check out the blog to follow along as we discover ways to eat, move, and live wholeheartedly. Now, I would love to hear from you-so drop a comment on the blog, say hello on social media, or email me! If you'd like to stay up to date on all things Wholehearted Nutrition scroll to the bottom of the page and sign up for my monthly newsletter!