I was there: confused, zapped and feeling awful
I was tired of the extra pounds I had packed on, that I could barely fit into my old jeans, and that it seemed as though it was taking more food to feel full. I finally decided enough was enough and I was going to lose the weight that made me feel so insecure.
However, like many, the start of my weight-loss journey was rocky. Although I removed all of the animal products from my diet, was counting my calories, and obsessing over my food, I could not manage to get rid of those extra pounds…what was I doing wrong?
I finally decided to take a different approach and actually listen to what my body was trying to tell me. I began paying attention to how I felt after eating specific foods. Quickly I discovered that some foods made me feel bloated, tired, and groggy, while others gave me more than enough energy to power through my day.
It was then I realized, even though I was staying within the ridiculously low range of calories I set for myself, it was the actual foods that mattered more. I stopped worrying so much about how many calories I was eating and before I knew it, those stubborn last few pounds came off, and finally never came back.
The weight was finally gone, and I felt amazing
I had finally achieved my weight loss goal, but I had also found so much more. I felt confident looking in the mirror at the woman that smiled back at me. I was excited to go clothes shopping again. My energy hit an all-time high, and the person that once was too tired to do anything after work had to actually work to find ways to burn off my new-found energy before bed.
Also, because of my approach of really listening to my body, I was able to create not only a balanced plate three times a day, but a balanced life. I found I was better able to deal with stress and things that would once drive me into a rage were now met with a shrug of my shoulders. I found myself really being present when I was engaged in my work, social settings, and in relationships leading to even richer experiences.
Honestly, I really found myself for the first time actually living.
As a nutrition + wellness coach, I am committed to helping others achieve lasting weight loss, balance, and joy
I have seen from my own experience that lasting changes come from those who not only alter their diet but also their lifestyle. I use the knowledge I have gained as a registered dietitian, the skills I have learned as a health coach, and the experiences from my own wellness journey to not just provide my clients with the tools to reach their goals, but also with the support to help you achieve success! Taking this to heart, my approach is centered around helping my clients achieve their food and nutrition goals, find balance in their lives, and feel empowered, confident and ready for results they have always wanted.
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Michelle’s education, qualifications, and organizations
Michelle B. Smith is a Registered Dietitian and certified integrative health coach. She has a Master’s of Science in Nutrition from Florida International University. She has experience working as a clinical dietitian, consulting private clients, in menu development. Michelle was also a specialty dietitian for a large e-retailer of natural products. Through her work as a nutrition coach, Michelle is a proponent of a whole-foods, plant-based diet. She has seen first-hand the power that food can have on health. She has the goal of helping her clients love what they see in the mirror from the inside out and takes a holistic, full-body approach to help her clients make their wellness dreams a reality.
- Masters of Science in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University
- Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Florida
- Certified Integrative Wellness & Life Coach from the Integrative Wellness Academy
- Certificate of Training in Functional Nutrition from the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy
- Vegetarian Nutrition Certificate of Training from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Michelle is also a member of the following organizations
- Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
- Member of the Washington State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (WSAND)
- Member of the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Group
- Member of the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
- Member of the Vegetarian Resource Group
- Member of the American Botanical Council
Want to know even more? Check out my “fun facts” below
- I love all fruits and veggies. However, for the life of me, I cannot eat a salad that has fruit in it or a fruity dressing. Go figure.
- I have a gift for finding lost animals wherever I go. So much so that I now have a bin in my car with leashes, treats, and towels for my rescues. If I am ever pulled over, that might make for an awkward conversation.
- For some reason, I cannot physically snap my fingers, but I think my future children will be grateful for this.
- My favorite food, hands-down are mushrooms. I am just a fun gal that loves those fun guys (cue the awkward laughter).
- I was on track to become a speech pathologist, but that changed when I sat in on my sister’s nutrition course. Once the class ended, I went to the office and changed my major. I had already fallen in love with nutrition, but that was when I realized this is what I wanted to study.