Allison Vogel, MS, RD, CDN
I love food, as most of us do. My "go to" for something indulgent is definitely sweets - soft chocolate chip cookies or ice cream to be exact. But this wasn't always the case. During college, I began to fear food as a result of wanting to lose weight. As a lacrosse player I knew I had to eat but I began significantly restricting what I would allow myself. I became obsessed with calorie counting. If I couldn't count it, I couldn't eat it.The constant food noise in my head took over and I began to isolate myself from friends and family, becoming unhappy and not the fun, outgoing person I used to be.
I never had an "ah ha" moment. I just remember sitting on the edge of my bed one night with the 15 different outfits I had tried on sprawled out around me feeling completely exhausted. I was tired of counting calories, tired of missing out on celebrations and dinners, tired of hating me. It took time but I slowly broke down the food noise in my head and repaired my relationship with myself and food.
I went on to graduate school at Columbia University and graduated with a masters degree in nutrition and exercise physiology, learning and experiencing how to use food as physical nourishment and not emotional torture.
I have been counseling now for over 7 years and my aim is not only to help think about what to eat but help empower those who struggle with their relationship with food to find peace and mindfulness. I want to help overcome your obstacles and become the best, healthiest version of yourself.