“My relationship with food has fluctuated greatly throughout my life. As a collegiate athlete, I didn’t think twice when it came to fueling my body. It was when the structure of athletics ended that my relationship with food became abusive, so to say. The trend of competitions based on visuals of bodies became more popular, and it was then that food became my enemy. I no longer viewed food as fuel, but as something that was potentially destructive to my goals. It was the extreme decrease in fuel, along with the obsessive physical activity that put me in a city far from home as an inpatient in treatment for Anorexia Nervosa.
With great amounts of therapy (and food, of course) I was able to restore my body and mind to a healthy standpoint. I was then discharged and became completely lost in my hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. Weight loss came quickly and I struggled to find help locally in the realm of nutrition. I was blessed to find Hanna and partner with her to continue my improving relationship with food and also be accountable for fueling it correctly. Working with Hanna has been different than previous nutritionists that I have interacted with as she truly takes the effort to mold plans to my specific goals. As a nurse and athlete, I need a nutrition plan that is easy and flexible. It also must allow me to continue being the active and energetic person that I am. Hanna has always tailored to my goals while also kindly educating me on what I may lack in my thoughts of nutrition as well as what I am putting in my diet. Hanna’s calm manner, her open availability for questions, and pure knowledge has allowed me to put my trust into her. I continue to meet my goals and food is no longer my enemy. Food is now nourishment, a venue for social gatherings, and necessary to sustain my love for movement and laughter. I am grateful to Hanna for her motivation, partnership in my journey, and compassion towards those that are looking to better themselves.”
“When I reached out to Hanna, I felt desperate. Even though I didn't have a lot of weight to lose (15lbs) I needed motivated. Hanna knew how I felt because she herself has walked in my shoes. Hanna and I clicked right away, at the initial consultation. Hanna is very knowledgeable, energetic and passionate. She truly cares and wants others to lead and live healthy lifestyles. Hanna has given me the tools to reach my goals.
When I need encouragement, she's there to be my cheerleader. If I have a nutrition question or just can't decipher a label, Hanna is always receptive to answering my questions. If I'm down in the dumps because the scale hasn't moved, Hanna studies my weekly log and offers up suggestions. Her recipe suggestions and blogs are helpful too. I'm grateful I had the opportunity to be a part of "The Healthiest Me" program. I've been given tremendous support, resources and the bonus is I've made a great new friend and work out buddy.”
“I can’t say enough good things about working with Hanna. Initially, I came to her wanting to lose weight quickly, but walked away with knowledge that will help me for the rest of my life. She creates a plan that fueled my body for whatever the week brought – running, the gym, or a long day at work. I’ve had so much more energy from the changes that she suggested. I’ve also felt fuller, longer between lunch and dinner. Most importantly (to me anyways), I’ve kept my sweet tooth through the entire process. With Hanna’s guidance, she assured me that it is normal to indulge in something “bad” for you every now and then. I feel so much more confident trying to come up with meals for the week or even make better choices when going out to eat. Going on vacation used to stress me out, but she helped guide me into making healthier lifestyle choices while still enjoying myself (and coming back weighing less). Almost everyone knows you should be eating your fruits and vegetables, but she really made it attainable for me. She is capable of helping anyone with whatever their nutritional goals are.”
“I worked with Hanna for a couple of weeks and I could not be any happier that I did! Not only did she make me feel comfortable with myself and bettering myself, but she has me now addicted to cooking healthier meals even after our time together. She taught me how to balance out training and relaxing, that it is okay to sit back and relax every once in a while. She also showed me how EASY it is to cook healthy meals in such a short amount of time span. She really did change my life and I wish I could’ve worked with her more than I did, but for personal reasons, I could not. Hanna is an amazing person, teacher, and friend in health and fitness!”
“Hanna was a pleasure to work with. She asked a lot of questions to really understand my daily activity. She also took my allergies and preferences on food choices in account to set up a meal plan that would work for me. She gave me plenty of options of different foods I could eat at my meals. I’ve been using her meal plan for two weeks and have never felt better!”