Hi, I'm Yael.
I'm a Certified Co-Active Coach, Integrative Nutritionist, and fierce advocate for Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size®.
I am also a white, queer, cisgender, Jewish woman who lives in a smaller body.
I hold a deep regard for the inherent wisdom of the body and the ability of each individual to tune into their internal guidance in order to reclaim autonomy over their health & well-being.
As a Food & Body Freedom coach, I empower women & queer/non-binary individuals to reconnect to their intuition, disconnect from diet culture, and redefine their relationships with their bodies so they can become their own best health experts.
My love for food & cooking began at age 12. I pursued this passion to study Dietetics in college and then onto culinary school where I specialized in the nutrition & preparation of plant-based cuisine. I became a personal chef and offered plant-based nutrition consultations and custom meal plans to clients. I lived and breathed the idea of “Food as Medicine”, and everyone who knew me at this point in my life strongly associated me with this.
What they didn’t know was that while I was preaching the “Food as Medicine” lifestyle as the key to health and happiness externally, I was deeply suffering internally. I had developed severely disordered eating behaviors and a strict “right & wrong” mentality of food as either medicine or poison. I equated thinness with wellness, and dwelled feverishly on the appearance of my body. In the name of “health”, I had dug myself into a deep hole of anxiety and obsession. Finally, I sought out help, and everything shifted.
I learned to prioritize my mental health just as much as my physical health. I realized that my relationship with food and my body was so much more important than what I put on my plate. I decided that I could never be truly healthy unless I felt at home, empowered, and liberated in my own skin.
My mission now is to empower other women & queer/non-binary individuals to reconnect to their intuition, reclaim their life from endless diets, and redefine their relationships with their bodies so they can experience health on their own terms. I work with my clients to restore trust in their bodies by reconnecting to their hunger cues, cravings, and other internal messages. As my clients start to rediscover the language of their own bodies, they begin to make decisions about food and their health from this place of deep, inner knowing; and finally liberate themselves from toxic propaganda that has taught them otherwise.
How I finally knew it was time to heal my own relationship with food & my body:
Education & Certifications
Dietetic Internship, Bastyr University, September 2021 - current
Master of Science in Nutrition, National University of Natural Medicine, June 2021
Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, Co-Active Training Institute, September 2019
Introduction to Herbalism, Sacred Journey School of Herbalism, March 2018
200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Breathe for Change, July 2017
Professional Chef, Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts, September 2015- July 2016
Organic Agriculture Fellow, Urban Adamah, March- May 2015
Bachelor of Science, Dietetics, University of Maryland, May 2014