Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my website. I’m Amanda, and I am a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and the owner of Happily Nourished Nutrition Counseling.
Where I Came From:
While I was in my freshman year at West Chester University, I gained the dreaded “Freshman 15” (and then some!). I never had issues with my weight before that (although I sure thought I did), but suddenly all the late night eating, fast food, and school cafeteria food really caught up with me. My biggest fear and concern was that I was having so much fun and didn’t want to stop. I didn’t want to continue the weight gain trend, but I really didn’t want to sacrifice my favorite food or my social life. So I had to learn what eating healthy meant while still being able to balance it with an enjoyable lifestyle. In the spring, I began to make small changes and slowly started losing weight. That summer, I was able to focus a little more on these changes and lost all of the weight, and in the fall I learned how to stay within a healthy weight range while still having fun and enjoying my food. That’s when I decided to become a dietitian. I wanted to help others learn how to do this. If I could learn to live a balanced lifestyle that actually keeps me both healthy and happy, then I know others can, and I wanted to help!
Where I am Now:
In 2015 I started Happily Nourished by taking on a few clients that I would meet with in a conference room at a local building in Cherry Hill, NJ. Over the past couple years, I have slowly developed the brand and my vision, and at the beginning of this year (2017), I took the leap to rent out my own office space in that same building and to search for the right software and app that would help me grow the business. I’m so excited as I start this journey in my career, and to help others change their life into a healthier and happier one!
I also live in Cherry Hill with my husband, Dan, and our puppy, Josie. We got married in 2015 and honeymooned in Costa Rica- so far my favorite place in the world! We hiked 2 volcanoes, floated down a river in a raft to see the wildlife, ate at a local farmer’s house, zip-lined, and enjoyed some pool and beach time. Oh, and the food was both healthy AND delicious! We got our puppy a few months later in 2016 (we are completely obsessed with her!), and now we are expecting a baby boy later this year! I am so excited to be a mom, and I think Dan is even more excited to be a dad!
In my spare time, I try to be active. I like yoga, walking or sometimes running, and group fitness classes. I also really enjoy curling up on the couch with Dan and watching our favorite shows, new movies, or even binge-watching Netflix! I love trying new foods and spending time eating and drinking with my family and friends. I honestly can’t say what my favorite foods are because I love so many different foods, but I can say ice cream and other sweets are a weakness!
Getting to Know You:
Now that you know all about me, I would LOVE the opportunity to get to know you! I really hope that my story and philosophy on healthy eating encourages you to take a look at my counseling, coaching, and other services. I do take insurance for counseling sessions, and I offer other packages that allow you to keep in touch with me on a more consistent basis for more accountability. Good luck in your journey, and I hope to hear from you soon!