My name is Whitney Wilson, and I’m proud to introduce myself as your new Jet City Nutrition Coach. I have partnered with Healthy Steps Nutrition to jump start this new adventure in my life. A lot of you know who I am as a coach and friend, but not necessarily as a nutrition coach. I want to take a minute and tell you about my background and why nutrition is important to me.
For years I’ve struggled with weight and eating disorders. I grew up with stomach issues, and have struggled with being Celiac. I’ve binged, I’ve starved, and I’ve tried many “fads” to help me lose those “20 pounds in two weeks!” Sure, some of those fad diets helped me lose weight, but I never could keep it off. Why? Because none of it was sustainable. There wasn’t a “diet” out there that could help me change the way I viewed food or give me the skills to figure out “how much is a serving size for me.” Especially pizza - I love pizza. Some of you already know this…
Since childhood I’ve been riddled with injuries and other illnesses that have kept me from achieving (in my mind) “peak fitness.” Body image was therefore something I struggled with, and still do. But I no longer strive to be perfect. Perfect is unrealistic. Plus, if you are “perfect” there’s no room for growth. So how did I go from fad diets to comfort with being imperfect? I had help: I worked with a nutritionist.
The impact working with a nutritionist has had in me is profound. Did I struggle? Heck yes! But I learned from the struggles. In fact, I still struggle and I’m still learning. And because of both my struggles and my triumphs I learned a lot about myself. Now I want to share that knowledge with others. I want to teach people that nutrition doesn’t have to be scary, unattainable, or “only for the elite.”
I’m not talking about diets either. I’m talking about behavioral patterns, the way we look at food, and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. Of course it’s hard at first, but the best thing about having a nutrition program at your gym is that you don’t have to do it alone. Changing behaviors or eating habits is hard, but having support makes it easier. I wouldn’t have been able to do it alone. I needed the motivation. I needed someone to tell me all the “wins” I was having when all I could see were the mistakes.
So now I want to give back by being that support system for others who are in my shoes. Helping people and giving back is a passion of mine. And while I can’t “fix” everyone, I can be by their side and walk their journey with them and pay back some of that support and encouragement I’ve received. I can’t wait to work with you!