Hey there! Welcome to my site and thanks for wanting to know a bit more about me.
I’ve been interested in health and nutrition for as long as I can remember and after some very positive experiences with alternative medicine in my early twenties, I decided to go to naturopathic medical school. I graduated in 1998 but did not end up practicing for very long due to starting a family and wanting to stay home with my kids when they were little.
In 2009 I started Healthy Green Kitchen as a place to share recipes, gardening, and other green living info, along with healthy lifestyle advice. Over the next few years, I was asked to contribute recipes to a number of cookbooks, then landed my own book deal. My book One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life was published by Chronicle Books in 2013.
During the time I was working on One Simple Change, I wandered into a local Crossfit/strength training gym to see what it was about. Though I’d never lifted weights before, I soon fell in love with barbell training. Among other benefits, I found that over time this type of training led to positive changes in my body (less fat and more muscle), improved my confidence by leaps and bounds, and helped me manage my anxiety disorder. I decided to begin competing in powerlifting in 2014, and I have since competed in the USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Federation at the state, regional, national, and international level.
In 2015, I decided to become a coach. I wanted to learn the best evidence-based practices for introducing others to all of the benefits of strength training, along with eating for body composition goals and athletic performance, that I myself I have experienced. I chose to put blogging/writing on the back burner so I could focus all of my energy on my coaching pursuits. I occasionally pop back in to update old posts on this blog but coaching is now my full-time gig and I love it!
I am currently working part-time as a strength coach at Hudson Valley Raw Athletics in Highland, NY and I am a full-time nutrition coach for Stronger U Nutrition. Stronger U is an online program so I am able to help people all over the world, which is super cool! You can read about Stronger U at our website which is here: https://strongeru.com/. And if you have any questions about online nutrition coaching, macros, or anything else along those lines, please send me an email at winnieATstrongerufitDOTcom.