Hey there, so glad to see you here!
I’m Beth, a wife, a mama, a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), and a Senior Consultant with Beautycounter. I’m also the owner of SmallBites Wellness and the author of everything you’ll find on this site.
About SmallBites Wellness
SmallBites Wellness is where I channel all my energy (or what’s left of it after toddler wrangling) to support healthier families through whole food and DIY-free natural living. It is the combination of my knowledge as a professional nutritionist with my passion for a somewhat crunchy lifestyle.
At the core of everything I do on this site and for clients is the belief that health can be found through small changes.
Health is not all or none. There is gray area, room for imperfection, and the expectation of trial and error. Any change you make in the pursuit of health for you and/or your family is worthy.
This is me! I live with my husband, Greg, our daughter (born in early 2015), and our goldendoodle, Alfred. Our son is baking and reading to arrive Spring 2017. We keep the kids faces and names private. Our family lives in Seattle, WA.
My real food journey is years in the making, and continues to unfold.
Like many, I tried (and failed) a variety of diets. I went ‘low-carb’ towards the end of college, living off of processed bars and a lot of coffee. Post college, I spent years keeping my weight in check with calorie counting and long distance running. The majority of my food was packaged, because that made for easy calorie counting.
With a diet of food low in fat and high in sugar, I was mostly unsatisfied and constantly thinking about food. And my focus was always on the number on the scale, not on my health.
In 2011, I was introduced to the real food movement via the paleo diet, and was immediately intrigued by a new way of eating. I removed the packaged and refined foods, and started eating a diet full of vegetables, fruits, fats, unprocessed carbs, and a variety of meats.
Within weeks, the digestive issues I’d had for as long as I could remember were resolved. As I continued to eat this way, I saw improvements in my health, including my skin, sleep, and energy.
As I saw what whole food did for my body, I became more interested in natural living as well. I started replacing toxic products in our home with safer alternatives. I started ordering fancy fish sauce and organic coconut milk off Amazon, and buying meat directly from farmers.
(Luckily, so many people have jumped on this whole ‘just eat real food’ bandwagon, you can find both fancy fish accuse and organic coconut milk at the grocery store now. You could not in 2011.)
In 2014, after a twelve year career in technology consulting, I decided to pursue nutrition professionally and became a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. I have loved ever single second of my ‘career 2.0’.
Even the ones where I’m fighting with WordPress or realizing I did MailChimp ALL WRONG.
Five years after starting this journey, I’d love to say that it has been one with no hitches. But we all know perfection is not really a thing.
I struggled with my diet after having my first child in early 2015. Sleep deprivation drove me to finding solace in the Starbucks drive-thru nearly every afternoon. Because she only napped in the car for months, and frosted lemon pound cake made that feel okay.
The foods I started eating, combined with the stress of a child who didn’t sleep (it wasn’t just naps), did not make me feel my best. My skin, energy, and sleep quality plummeted. Imagine being sleep deprived, but unable to fall asleep. It’s a form of torture.
I’ve made my way back to a (mostly) whole food diet, but I share this to remind you that what matters is progress, not perfection. Everyone has set backs in the pursuit of health. Thankfully, I’m a big believer in fresh starts and a healthy dose of grace.
While having a tiny human may have thrown me into a tailspin for a while, there are benefits. Mostly, the tiny human and the intense joy and love she brings to our family. But secondarily, I have a whole new person
on whom to perform whole food and natural living experiments to nourish and create a ‘green’ environment for, and I share that all right here.
Interested in Working with Me?
I absolutely love to help families make the transition to real food and more natural living simple and doable. I currently have openings for one on one sessions covering a variety of real food and natural living topics. Check out my Work With Me page to see my offerings!