Hi, I’m Barb
And I’m so glad you’re here! I hope you find inspiration and empowerment to choose whole foods and make healthier choices for you and your family. As you explore my programs, plans and offerings, I hope you find hope.
What I Do
As a board certified health coach and holistic nutritionist, I work with women and families to improve their health by changing their eating habits and optimizing their routines. My programs are designed to help you make healthy choices every single day, one step at a time. By making small life improvements, you can set and reach attainable health goals that make you the happiest and healthiest version of yourself for the long term.
I believe in a food and nutrition plan that is tailored to you and your unique lifestyle and goals – one that focuses on a balanced approach to eating whole plant based foods and fits into your existing life. Restrictive diets, radical fads and quick fixes are not a part of my prescription for your success. I will work with you to create a sustainable plan and balanced approach to eating for your body type, food interests and lifestyle.
“I inspire the inclusion of plant foods on your plate, in new and fun ways, that support where you are in your health journey and that of your family.”
No matter where you are in your health journey, a personalized health program can be designed to help you make positive choices regarding nutrition, exercise, lifestyle and well-being. Together we can explore concerns specific to you and your health to ensure a lifetime of balance and happiness. My goal is to educate, inspire, and equip you with the tools to make better, healthier, more empowered choices in your day to day life.
I haven’t always been predominantly plant based or particularly fond of “healthy food”. A peek into my past and childhood would unveil that I grew up like most American kids - on a variation between homemade meals, fast food and fruit roll ups. Growing up in a small town in upstate New York on the border of Vermont, I spent my childhood building forts, swimming, hiking, kayaking, playing sports, running …and consuming a whole lot of processed foods.
My plate hasn’t always been colorful or full of whole foods. For far too long I neglected my health, continuing to make decisions that perpetuated my intestinal discomfort and inflammatory symptoms. It wasn’t until, after years of experiencing severe bloating, digestion, and hormone issues, that I decided to look for answers. Following years of choosing food for comfort, food for celebration, food as tradition and food as a reward, I finally decided to search for a solution.
After a long journey of dead end roads, a misguided diagnosis of IBS, and endless visits to gastroenterologists, gynecologists and the like - I took matters into my own hands and started making small, simple changes to my own diet. I quit my job as a corporate paralegal and later in the nonprofit sector, to pursue my own dreams and put myself and my health first. I chose food as my freedom, rather than my fatality. I started eating more whole foods, making exercise and movement a priority, and getting more sleep. My symptoms started to disappear. I studied every chance I could get on how food impacts, reverses and prevents many common illnesses and health issues including high blood pressure, blood sugar, autoimmune disease, cancer, IBS and IBD. I was fascinated, all consumed, and wanted to share my knowledge with those around me - empowering them to make changes for themselves, reassuring them that they weren’t destined to fail, that they weren’t destined to die of the cancers and diseases that their parents, grandparents and family before them suffered with.
Auto-immune disease runs in my family, so I’m no stranger to the symptoms or side effects of these conditions and how they impact our lives. I’ve grown up watching family suffer in pain, unable to eat the abundance of beautiful, wonderful, healing foods that this earth offers us, unable to enjoy vacations, unable to participate in family parties and events. Battling and rectifying my own chronic bloat and IBS related issues, while watching my father endure Crohn’s Disease my entire life, I felt called to do this work - with the goal of helping people find answers, and freedom and relief. Beyond my own struggles with health, I’ve seen firsthand how illness, hormone disruptions and autoimmune conditions impact not only those that are suffering but those around them.
I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be this way.
I’m here to educate you on the role that lifestyle and diet changes play in improving your health, equip you with the tools to make sustainable change, and empower you to take control of your health once and for all.
For me, my health and my lifestyle choices are always a work in progress. There is no finish line when it comes to your nutrition, food and health. It has taken me YEARS to make the changes I see on my plate today, and experience in improved mood, digestion and sleep. One small step at a time, I have integrated changes into my life that have improved my health for the longterm, supported me through two healthy pregnancies and postpartum recoveries, and continue to give me the energy I need to take care of two little ladies every day.
I am always growing and always learning; sometimes struggling, but always adapting to where I’m at in my day and season of life. I both practice and preach the notion that progress trumps perfection. Throughout my own journey, I’ve learned that food is healing and sustaining. I believe that food was intended to give us energy, vitality and life. And that when we put real whole foods first we live longer, happier, healthier lives.
Barb is a board certified holistic health coach and nutrition consultant. She works with women and families to improve their health by enhancing their habits; and specializes in supporting women through fertility, conception, pregnancy and postpartum.
She received her nutrition training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2014 and has since been working with clients one-on-one and in group coaching workshops. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Pre Law from Siena College. Combining her expertise in food policy, nutrition and holistic health; while drawing on her firsthand experience and knowledge of prenatal and postnatal health, and childhood health and wellness, she works with women to help them make sustainable lifestyle changes that produce real results and reach optimal health long-term.
With a love for cooking and eating healthy food, Barb loves to share her passion for a plant based lifestyle, pregnancy and women’s health, and believes in a balanced approach to health and nutrition.
She lives with her husband and their two little daughters, toddler Eloise, and baby Lilia, in Saratoga Springs, NY. Her two year old, Eloise, loves lentils, apple, avocado, black beans, berries, oatmeal, kale salad, roasted broccoli, banana, quinoa, pesto, hummus, nut butters and her very favorite, sweet potato. Lilia’s favorites include: kale, peas, blueberries, banana, apples, peaches, tomatoes, avocado, watermelon, lentils and zucchini.