The Philosophy of Our Work Together
I've found that one of the biggest obstacles to achieving a truly healthy and balanced diet — and a healthy relationship with food — is the misconception that certain foods "should" or "should not" be eaten, leading people to listen to their minds instead of their bodies. Your body gives you pretty clear signs that it needs or wants certain foods — but your mind may take control, thinking, "I don't need that," or "I shouldn't have that."
This type of thinking can lead to restrictive eating patterns that ultimately backfire, because it becomes too difficult to consistently deny yourself foods you want, leading to what feels like a loss of control or lack of willpower - but is really just your body's way of trying to recalibrate and bring back balance!
It was out of this realization that the Body Over Mind concept was born. (In fact, you may remember that my practice was previously called Body Over Mind Nutrition — this is why!)
The name of my practice has changed, but the concept and philosophy remain the same. Body Over Mind encourages prioritizing your body over your mind, rebuilding trust that your body will tell you what it needs, what it doesn't, when it's had too much, or if it hasn't had enough. Your body was born with the tools you need to eat healthfully, but you've been taught that you can't trust it. Together we will unlearn everything you've been taught that broke that trust and rebuild it — so that you can finally let go of the belief that you need the control of a diet or food rules to feel your absolute best.
My favorite question on the client history form I give you is, "What foods can't you live without ... or just don't want to?" My goal is enable you to feel at peace enjoying all foods.
Interested in learning more? Find out what we can do together!
Get to Know Me
Hey! I’m Nicole. I'm a native New Yorker and have lived in New York City - home of the best dollar pizza slice - for over 10 years. I received my Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Cornell University and my Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition at New York University, where I also completed my dietetic internship clinical rotations. Before going into business for myself full-time, I worked in the clinical setting for 6 years, at Montefiore Medical Center and VA New York Harbor Health Care, while I saw clients privately part-time. At the Veterans Affairs Hospital, I was fortunate to be part of the eating disorder treatment team, collaborating with mental health providers and other members of the care team in order to support our patients.
Fun fact - though I ended up studying developmental psychology, I almost chose nutrition as my undergraduate major! So I deeply appreciate that the work that I do with my clients merges both my undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as my passion for helping people overcome their struggles with body image and food.
I love 90s and early 2000s pop music and karaoke (where I get to live out my dream of being a 90s-early 2000s pop star). My favorite feel-good shows when I need some grounding are Friends and Sex and the City. And I get the greatest thrill from home organization and checking errands off my to-do list.
I struggled with my relationship with food for a long time. With the support of a registered dietitian, I was able to heal my relationship with my body and make peace with food. This experience was incredibly difficult, and I’m grateful that it gave me perspective that helps me understand what my clients are going through. I can't wait to help you find food freedom, live without guilt surrounding food, and appreciate and accept the body you live in.