Hi! I'm Amanda
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist | Spiritual Life Coach | Āyurvedic Wellness Educator | Reiki 2 Practitioner | 500-hr trained Yoga Teacher | Intuitive Eating Counselor | Plant Based Nutritionist
I always knew I wanted to be involved with the healing process of others. This is my dharma.
At a young age, I made potions and healing elixirs for my stuffed animals. I climbed trees and created little coves where I was the "wise witch" that people came to for comfort, healing, and support.
Through college and high school, I devoted my focus to the path of Western medicine as it was the only way I knew at the time that I could impart healing on others.
However, as new interests and passions emerged in my life, the path to healing started to diverge right before my eyes. I was given the choice to either stay on the conveyor belt of my past conditioning, or I could look courageously into the unknown and evolve into my highest self.
As a Registered Dietitian
Food is medicine.
My interest in nutrition piqued during my first year of college, when I learned about a plant-based diet. When I discovered the relationship between what we eat and our modern health statuses (as well as with the ethical and environmental status of the world), I decided to major in Nutrition and Dietetics as my pre-med degree in order to better serve my future patients. I studied at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California and extended my education to Plant-Based Nutrition through the e-Cornell Course compiled by Dr. T. Colin Campbell.
Food is truly medicine. However, my experience in the clinical and acute setting taught me that the medicine of food only works when we eat what has been suggested by our practitioners. I spent hours with those afflicted with heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, obesity, cancer, and more. Even with all this time, my teaching and resources were only as effective as their emotional and mental relationship with their food.
This is where I discovered Intuitive Eating, a self-care eating framework, which integrates instinct, emotion, and rational thought. Intuitive Eating combines external wisdom (recommended guidelines, from practitioners, etc) with internal wisdom (hunger cues, fullness signals, and emotional states) in order to make the best, nurturing decision for the body. It is a weight-neutral practice in line with Health at Every Size and can be practiced with a variety of health conditions. Coming from a background of disordered eating myself, I knew that this was something I wanted to teach to others and could do so with genuine experience and understanding.
As a Spiritual Life Coach
My newest manifestation of love and service.
The deeper and more involved I got with Intuitive Eating counseling, I found that the conversations I had with my clients went beyond food and into daily life, family, parents, school, jobs, and ultimately, purpose. Again and again I would encounter and help a client move through their want to do more with their life. I’d help them see the bigger picture to realize that there is more to this life than just food, weights, sizes, or shapes. Without even knowing it, I was practicing life coaching.
In my personal life, I have always been the person trusted with wounds, stories, and confidentialities. I’ve grown up with an innate desire to hold space for others and give them a space to think and breath without judgement. Holding space, asking thoughtful questions, and being present- these are my love languages.
As my desire has and will always be to support others in their healing journey, I decided to bridge the gap to become a Spiritual and Dharma Coach. It is a great privilege to use the love that comes from me naturally to serve and help others find their purpose and reconnect to their truest selves.
As a Student of Life
Always learning and growing.
As a graduation gift to myself, I enrolled in a 200 hour yoga teacher training program in Rishikesh, India. During the teacher training, an Āyurvedic doctor shared a class on the basics of Ayurveda, which is the world’s oldest health system and the sister science of Yoga. I fell in love with this way of healing instantly, but had to restrain my curiosity because I had a “planned path” to go to medical school after I came back from India.
While studying for the MCAT (medical college admissions test), however, I started to feel a pull toward Ayurveda. Although I promised myself I would be able to study Ayurveda after Medical school, the universe tugged harder. I was confused, terrified, and slightly ashamed to change the path I had publicly set forth on. I felt like I would be disappointing so many people and that I would make the wrong choice.
After confronting work on my own fears and limiting beliefs, I decided to pursue Āyurvedic medicine instead of Western medicine. It is one of the most courageous things I have done for myself, and a big step in living a more authentic life. Alongside coaching, hosting retreats, and offering my gift as free content, I am endlessly learning about the healing science of Ayurveda so I may add more quality and wholeness to my offerings.