Hi there, I'm Mimosa
Cis-gender person, she/her
Anti-diet and Fat Positive Activist
My story starts just after high school graduation when I took a year off before starting college and volunteer in Peru. I wanted to be fully immersed in the culture and connect with a new way of living.
While I was there, I couldn't help but notice the food.
I was endlessly inspired by the way those around me created meals together — using an oven that was shared by the community to bake bread and the regions famous crop; potatoes.
I also noticed something I’d never seen before: there were no advertisements or billboards filled with photos of people's bodies anywhere. Food was intended to bring people together in cultural celebration and support the body, not replicate a standard or aesthetic that was set by a dominant narrative.
Once I returned to the States, I began the path of becoming a registered dietitian. I was committed to sharing the lessons gained in Peru to help my clients find the same kind of food freedom I’d learned. Except there was one tiny problem: the further I progressed in my career as a dietitian, the more separate I felt from my peers.
I wanted to resist the traditional practices and diet culture that was all around me and find something that fits into a livable lifestyle and connects us to our deep belonging. Surely it must be possible to feel aligned with your body rather than at-odds with it. Surely food can be a powerful connector to one another and our cultural heritage.
Now, I help my clients find food freedom, nutritional balance, and ongoing support without fancy labels or fad diets. If you’re looking for someone to walk with you on your journey, you’ve come to the right place.
University of Vermont
Bagels and Lox
The Little Prince
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that have been built against it.
What's food got to do with it?
In a culture obsessed with not eating too much, we've over-corrected and now, it's easy to eat too little and only get enough through spouts of compulsive eating. Research shows that when we don't get the nutrients we need, we can experience:
increased mood swings
indigestion and constipation
obsessive thoughts about food
lower concentration levels
depressed overall motivation
These are all symptoms of not getting our fundamental needs met. When we are able to meet our needs, it supports our rest-and-digest nervous system and unlocks our body cues to support our nourishment from a place of deep-knowing.
Together we can sift through the food messages within and around you that get in the way of adequate nourishment, look at the latest science, and consider what old information may benefit from an update.
What's weight got to do with it?
For many people, weight has everything to do with-- well, everything! And everything has to do with weight; the way people treat us, our success with work or dating, even our overall self-respect. While our medical system often recommends changes that are meant to impact our weight, the evidence shows that weight-loss interventions most likely lead to weight cycling, which results in:
higher mortality risk
higher risk of osteoporotic fractures
higher risk for gallstone attacks
loss of muscle tissue
Interventions that focus on weight-change can also increase our vulnerability to eating disorders and emotional distress around food.
Luckily, there is another way of navigating food, our bodies, and our approach to health. Research of the highest calibre shows significant improvement in depression and body image, laboratory values that indicate chronic disease, and cessation of weight cycling among individuals whose interventions did not target weight loss.