I am deeply dedicated to health – not just of the body, but of the mind, too. Health is not only the absence of disease, as the World Health Organization puts it, but to me it is also a feeling of vitality, of high energy, perhaps even a feeling of happiness. Nutrition plays a great role in health, as does exercise, and believe it or not, relaxation.
I personally realized the importance of good nutrition after a successful change in lifestyle and a resulting significant weight loss and increased feeling of wellness. This sparked a desire in me to help others improve their health, and inspired me to become a registered dietitian (RD). A registered dietitian is a nutrition expert who helps people through disseminating nutrition knowledge and motivating positive change.
On my path to becoming an RD, I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics at UC Berkeley, and subsequently completed the rigorous UCSF Dietetic Internship (with an emphasis on clinical nutrition). I passed the RD exam in the fall of 2017 (California). Since then, I have worked as a clinical dietitian in the hospital setting, helping patients from all walks of life, ranging from infants to the elderly, with many clinical conditions and diet prescriptions. In addition to my clinical dietetic work, I also offer private nutrition counseling online. In January 2021 I received my RD licensing also in Finland.
Through my meticulous schooling and work experience, I have developed a thorough understanding of Western medical nutrition therapy. However, I am also deeply interested in Eastern health sciences, most importantly Ayurveda. My aim is to find the best bits of each “school” of thought and combine them in a way that addresses a person’s wellbeing in a complete way. I lean on both scientific evidence and common sense when designing my recommendations.
In November 2019, I became a Certified Level 1 Yoga Teacher (200 hours) graduating from the Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation, registered through Yoga Alliance. Therefore, I also teach yoga for groups and individuals – at this time entirely online. I teach Ananda style Hatha yoga and restorative yoga, which not only help the physical body, but also support the wellbeing of the mind through positive affirmations and visualizations. Hatha yoga improves the functioning of the body through physical exercise, and restorative yoga aims to increase wellness through rest and relaxation – both of which are necessary for bodily repair.
I’m excited to say that, in my quest to further understand and implement complete wellness, I am now officially also a meditation teacher. I have been practicing meditation for years myself, and look forward to being able to share its wonderful health benefits with others.