The Blueberry Grandma
Many times, I hear from my clients that when they're tired or can't find anything else to eat, they often end up eating the junk food that's sitting in their freezer or pantry. Because part of my nutritional counseling with them had been to get the junk food out of their house altogether, I usually ask them why it was there in the first place. The vast majority of the time, they tell me the junk food was there because they keep it on hand for when their grandkids come over or for when their kids get hungry for something "snacky." But in moments of weakness, the junk food is what they reach for. It's situations like these that make me love my job even more! I get the opportunity to share the fact that to my grandkids, I'm "The Blueberry Grandma." Why? Because the first thing my grandkids (or my many adopted "grandkids") do when they walk into my house is beg for blueberries. I buy them in bulk from a coop and keep them in the freezer year-round so that they are always on hand. These are just as convenient as frozen processed foods, but so much healthier! I love being able to show people that they don't have to buy in to the lie that convenience equates to unhealthy and that kids will only eat junk. My grandkids don't ask for frozen pizzas when they come over because they have learned over time that healthy treats are something to look forward to at my house. There are a plethora of options available, and I love opening clients' eyes to a whole new world of amazing food!
I'm a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and I obtained my Bachelors of Science degree in Dietetics from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas in 1981. After graduating from college I worked in food service management for a number of years. I left full time employment to raise and homeschool my six wonderful children. During that time, I was very active in the requisition and preparation of the healthiest food possible. To make the food affordable, I organized and ran several types of organic food coops and grew seasonal vegetables in my organic garden.
After my children were grown I worked part-time, then full-time, in the nutrition field. I worked with a functional medicine minded doctor and helped clients with weight loss, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, and autoimmune conditions to improve their health with diet and lifestyle changes. I continue to learn more and more about the role nutrition plays in these and other inflammatory conditions. I found my niche when I discovered food sensitivity testing and saw the wonderful changes in people's lives when they followed their individualized diet plan based on their unique food sensitivity test results. In order to work with a wider circle of doctors, clinics and individuals, I now practice out of my North Texas office, conveniently located between Gainesville and Sherman, just north of Denton. I also do virtual and phone consults with people anywhere in the United States.