Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Licensed Dietitian (Florida)
Hey there! I’m Kait- a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Orlando, and I’m obsessed with ex-dieters lose weight without having to restrict their diet.
My passion for helping recovering yo-yo dieters stems from my own struggles with weight loss & health eating. I know what it’s like to put 110% effort into a diet just to end up quitting after a few weeks because it was too hard. This patterns made me feel like a failure, and I did not understand why I couldn’t stick to a healthy eating plan.
Can you relate? The truth is, diets are designed to provide people with “quick fixes,” meaning they drastically restrict your food so you lose weight from the get go.
This means you’ll tell your friends and brag to everyone you know about this new diet. They buy in, & the diet industry makes more money.
What no one tells you are the consequences of losing weight too quickly. Your brain senses danger and therefore, slows down your metabolism to save energy. Your body does not care if you look hot in a swimsuit- it cares about keeping you alive!
Because many restrictive diets are unsustainable, the chance you regain the weight (and then some) are extremely high. You end up back where you started but with a slower metabolism and crushed spirit.
Like many of my clients, I learned this lesson the hard way…
My Toxic Romance with Dieting:
My entire adolescence and early adulthood was spent trying out different crash diets and committing myself to a new one every season.
Like most toxic relationships, the beginning stages of my diets were typically fun and even exciting. Hopes were high, and I would fantasize about how blissfully skinny I would be forever and ever. But no matter how promising my latest diet seemed, it would always end the same way- a Saturday night binging on chips and salsa between jumbo frozen margaritas and quest-smothered chimichangas.
I’d overeat to the point of feeling uncomfortable & walk away from the table feeling extremely guilty and shameful.
But like so many, I would always stand up, dust myself off, and dive back into the dieting game. As soon as I would catch wind of the latest fad, it was if my previous food failures never happened.
Overtime, my eating habits started to impact my personal relationship. My friends and family got tired of catering to my ever-changing dietary demands at holidays and events, so I found excuses to stay home while they dined out. I refused to “reverse all of my hard work” with a happy hour or parties.
Outsiders and acquaintances made comments about my dedication or wished they had my willpower to my diets. But what they didn’t know was how miserable I was.
For years, I suffered through the same restrict-binge cycle.
No matter how long I was ‘good’ on my diet, I always caved and overate whatever I was limiting this time- carbs, alcohol, fat, sugar, snacks- you name it! Food always won, and I never maintained a weight I felt comfortable at.
After stepping on the scale and realizing I had regained 10 pounds after quitting a low-carb diet, I decided something had to change.
I vowed never to diet again.
Instead, I adopted a healthy and sustainable way of eating that not only fit my lifestyle but didn’t compromise my mental wellbeing and social life. There were no labels or diet products involved.
I adopted an eating pattern that made me feel healthy– I was fueling my workouts and work days with food that make me feel deprived. I ate when I was hungry without worrying about if it was OK.
Social outings were actually fun since they did not have to stop to track my calories.
I no longer felt deprived from having fun and enjoying food with my friends and family.
Instead of spending all my money on diet cookies, bars, shakes, & ice cream, I let myself enjoy the real freakin’ thing without feeling victim to sugar cravings.
The best part- I was actually eating more than ever before but still losing body fat while building muscle.
Today, I’ve mastered balancing health with life. My relationship with food is nothing but balanced. I eat to stay fit and happy while coaching other people how to do it, too. My goal is for clients to achieve their health & weight goals by cultivating a better relationship with food, leaving them feeling nourished, energized, and confident they’ll never need a fad diet again.
When I was in 7th grade, I decided I wanted to be a dietitian. Ten years later, that dream came true when I graduated with my degree in dietetics and nutrition from Missouri State University. I completed my 9-month Dietetic Internship at MSU with an emphasis in public affairs. During college, I taught group fitness classes and worked in the fitness facility at our campus gym.
After passing my board certification exam and officially becoming a registered dietitian nutritionist, I accepted a position as clinical dietitian at Florida Hospital (now AdventHealth) in Orlando. I worked in many areas of the hospital from oncology to intensive care before specializing in cardiopulmonary nutrition. I began working on the side at Nutrition Awareness until March 2019 when I left the hospital to work full time in private practice!
Since starting at Nutrition Awareness, I have been a guest speaker at for local events and organizations including Anytime Fitness, The Florida General Baptist Church Annual Convention, A Tribe Called Venus, Gainesville Academy of Nutrition And Dietetics, and Primus CrossFit.
I also co-host the Nutrition Awareness Podcast and have been featured on 1520 WBWZ, Keeping it Positive Podcast, and Interested Eater Podcast.
I have been featured in Food and Nutrition Magazine, Parade Magazine, & I served on Central Florida’s Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as the Communications Chair for two years.
Still here? Kudos! Here are some random things about me:
- I’m a personal development & self-improvement junkie! Recommendations for podcasts and audiobooks always accepted.
- Speaking on the Nutrition Awareness Podcast is my favorite pastime.
- My celebrity crush is a tie between Seth Rogen Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson. Trust me, I don’t understand it either.
- I was born on Easter, but I won’t celebrate on the holiday until I turn 104.
- In college, I worked two jobs instructing group fitness classes and manning the front desk at our campus rec center.
- My secret talent? Screwing up the lyrics to every song I try to sing to, every time.
- I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Go Cards!
Ready to connect? Click here to schedule your initial consultation with me. I can’t wait to get to know you!