Welcome to my nutrition and lifestyle blog, Champagne Nutrition! I am a Seattle-based Registered Dietitian who recently relocated to the Pacific NW from Chicago, completely nutrition obsessed, with a passion for cooking, eating, drinking wine, working out, and traveling. The foundation of my practice is integrative and natural health with an emphasis on fun, enjoyment and the pleasure of eating as the underlying theme for everything.
: a French white wine that has many bubbles and that people often drink on special occasions
: the process of eating the right kind of food so you can grow properly and be healthy
: a person whose job is to give people advice about what to eat in order to be healthy
: a specialist in dietetics
Why Champagne Nutrition?: First, champagne is my favorite beverage followed by red wine and the occasional martini. But you can’t have whatever you want all the time and expect to be healthy, look and feel great. Champagne Nutrition knows that too much eating and partying catches up and you need someone who knows what they’re talking about to keep you up to date with legitimate nutrition information. You need a dietitian who loves food.
Nine years ago I was a personal trainer at a big Seattle gym. I loved working with my clients but trainers had to meet sales goals selling supplements. My manager told me to put “nutritionist ” on my business cards because “anyone can say they are one”. Unfortunately there is no licensure for dietitians in Washington State so the public is not protected from people who have no nutrition training but practice anyway. That didn’t sound right to me so I did some research and… I quit! Instead, I spent two years at the celebrated naturopathic university, Bastyr, earning my Masters of Science in Nutrition, continuing on to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I moved to Chicago to complete my dietetic internship at the rigorous Edward Hines Jr Veterans Hospital and ended up staying in city for five years.
Now I live in Seattle, write about nutrition, blog, work with brands who align with my values and combine my specialty in integrative health and cancer care with nutrigenomics and behavioral health change coaching. I work at Arivale but this website is a personal website and is not reflective of Arivale’s policies or beliefs. I specialize in plant-based diets, supplementation, social media and cooking. A background in English literature and writing inspires me to write about nutrition for magazines and on-line platforms. Professionally, I have worked as an inpatient dietitian at a level I trauma center in Chicago, opened a bariatric surgical program as the team’s only dietitian, and specialized in oncology at the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment. I love to eat and travel.
Master of Science degree in Nutrition, Bastyr University, Washington
Bachelor of Arts degree in English, University of Washington
Dietetic Internship, Edward Hines VA Hospital, Illinois
MS: Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Bastyr University
RDN: Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
CSO: Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition
Awards and Certifications
Featured Article of the Year (2016), Food&Nutrition Magazine
Registered Young Dietitian of the Year (2015), Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Illinois State Coordinator of the Year (2014), Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group
Red Raspberries Recipe Contest Winner (2014)
Nominated Outstanding Dietetic Student Award by Washington State Dietetic Association (2011)
Bastyr University Student Scholarship recipient for academic excellence (2010)
Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management Levels I and II, Commission on Dietetics RegistrationCertified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, American Council on Exercise
Chair, Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group 2016/17
Chicago, Illinois Media Representative 2014/16
President, Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2013/16
Bulletin Editor, Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2014/15
Council on Professional Issues Committee member, Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2013/15
Blog Master, Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2012/13
Newsletter Editor, Chicago Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2011/14
“If you drink champagne when you are sad it makes you happy. If you drink champagne when you are happy you can taste the stars.”
― Chloe Thurlow