EVERYONE HAS A JOURNEY
My passion is supporting yours.
During high school, I subscribed to the “eat less, weigh less” idea, trying to eat as little as possible in order to shrink my body (spoiler alert: this method does not work). By the start of my freshman year of college, because I had spent so much time trying to unnaturally manipulate my body, my metabolism totally backfired on me. I gained the freshman 15 – twice, in just one semester (that’s 30 pounds in 3 months if you’re not a math whiz – neither am I!). Upset by my seemingly unexplained weight gain, I went to see a dietitian for myself, and that’s where my story begins.
I was amazed and pleasantly surprised by the simple concepts that I felt both my friends and I didn’t realize: to maintain a healthy weight, we need to eat. Flash forward from there: I became passionate about nutrition and teaching others this newfound, simple concept.
I continued to study Psychology at the University of Michigan (there was no nutrition program at the time, which makes me feel way older than I am!). After college, I went on to New York University to study nutrition and finally become a Registered Dietitian.
Since then, my views on nutrition have continued to evolve as I’ve learned so much about food, the body and eating behaviors. I now run my own private practice, where I meet with clients individually, work with different food brands on recipe development and spokesperson work, and wrote a cookbook, The Essential Vegetable Cookbook, that came out in Summer 2018.
MS: Master’s of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics with a Clinical Nutrition Concentration
RD/RDN: Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (these are interchangeable!)
CDN: Certified Dietitian Nutritionist – this means I’m certified to practice in New York state
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Michigan
Master of Science, Clinical Nutrition, New York University
Dietetic Internship, James J. Peters Bronx VA Medical Center
“These days, when it comes to nutrition I believe in 2 main points, which are the focus of my sessions with nearly all of my clients and the focus of my content on social media.”
I mean, flat out simple. We have to eat every single day – in order to make this process a seamless part of our day, it needs to be easy. What we eat shouldn’t add extra stress to our lives! I believe in very simple meals, common and well known ingredients, and no crazy superfoods or obscure trends you’ve never heard of. The most common feedback I get from clients now is “I can’t believe how realistic this is.”
When I say this, most people are surprised to learn that I mean all foods really fit. Real, fried French fries; gooey, buttery cookies; and fresh, crunchy salads can all be a part of a healthy diet. In order to make your diet (defined as: what you eat) sustainable and enjoyable, it’s crucial that every single food is allowed. No restrictions, ever – that’s part of what makes this so realistic to do.
Julia graduated in 2017 from Indiana University with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development & Family Studies and a Minor in Nutrition. Currently, Julia is a graduate student in New York University’s Masters in Clinical Nutrition Program.
For as long as she can remember, Julia has had an innate passion for nutrition and learning how to help others feel their very best. During her sophomore year of college, she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. The diagnosis further highlighted the importance of nutrition to her, and showed her not only the value of incorporating nutritious foods into the diet, but also of continuing to include her favorite treats as well.
In her free time, you can find Julia happily catching up on the latest nutrition trends, experimenting with recipes and exercising at her favorite workout classes. Besides a big bowl of roasted veggies, Julia’s day is not complete without some sort of dark chocolate or almond butter (crunchy of course)!