Lisa studied Foods and Nutrition at San Diego State University, in California, and obtained a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist license in 2008. She then earned a Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition at Hawthorn University in 2013. She holds a certificate of training in intuitive eating, certificate of coaching and psychotherapy, and is a primary group exercise instructor as recognized by the Athletics and Fitness Association of America. Lisa has over 12 years of experience in health education and counseling, including corporate wellness, private practice, eating disorders, weight management, and mental health coaching.
What’s your fitness philosophy?
Listen to your body and mind.
Tell us your story
Growing up in a household where food was love, I was overweight as a child and adolescent. Using unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as emotional eating, I was depressed and unsure what to do. I would obsess about food, restrict it, eat too much of it, and feel bad about myself all along the way. It was a vicious cycle. I learned through trial and error that your body will tell you what it needs, as long as you take the time to listen. I decided to pursue a career in health and nutrition in order to learn the proper way to fuel body and mind.
My mission statement is, “inspire others towards health and happiness”. I believe in empowering people to start listening to their bodies and to help them gravitate towards what makes them feel their personal best. I am dedicated to helping everyone make peace with food and the eating experience, through supporting them in exploring the underlying physiological and psychological reasons for emotional and mindless eating.
What three words best describe you?
What is your favorite exercise?
A combination of walking and weight training. I love walking in order to explore and see new things. Weight training keeps me feeling strong, fit, and confident. Both help me clear my mind and make me happy.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Red wine 🙂
What is your favorite workout song?
Diplo “Set it Off”
What is you favorite food?
Tacos with guacamole.
What makes you happy?
Traveling to and exploring somewhere new, cooking meals that make me feel good, expressing myself through exercise, creating through art and education, learning about, observing, and being with people in order to assist them in creating the situation that’s best for them.