Kenda is a Holistic Nutritionist, Student Midwife, Certified Lactation Counselor, Reproductive Justice and Maternal Health Advocate, Iridologist, Birthworker, Vaginal Steam Practitioner, Reiki Master, Reflexologist, and Master Herbalist . She attended Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, and John Tyler Community College. Kenda is a passionate advocate of healthy foods, maternal mortality, reproductive justice, alternative medicine, and nutrition education. She believes that health starts on your dinner plate and she uses herbs, diet and lifestyle shifts to mitigate and reverse health conditions. Kenda focuses on addressing her clients’ metabolic individuality as a key factor in her functional nutrition protocols and health coaching.
Kenda, Holistic Vegan Nutritionist and Lifestyle Coach, specializing in hormone healing because, really, that’s what it all comes down to. As a Holistic Nutritionist, I recognize that there is no “one size fits all” diet or “magic bullet” which is going to cure all illnesses. I focus on having a thorough understanding of your personal goals, needs, likes and dislikes, support networks and lifestyle in order to create a food and lifestyle approach that suits YOU. If your hormones are out of balance, chances are you will not be looking, feeling or performing at your best.
Professional Background: Prior to my private practice as a holistic herbalist/nutritionist, I spent years as a Executive Director working with individuals at a skilled nursing facility and those with developmental disabilities. This experience greatly improved my communication skills, compassion, flexibility, and understanding of individual’s specific needs. She became passionate about birthwork while working with her late grandmother who was a Granny Midwife.
Personal Background: I became interested in nutrition trying to heal myself. I took a nutrition class and was amazed at how little I knew. It wasn’t until a few years later when I began to seek out alternative medicine, than my obsession with the idea that “food is my fuel” started. It was during these long workouts with my husband that I experimented with food to help fend off hallucinations (from sleep deprivation), prevent muscle cramps, and more importantly, avoid bonking. I learned what worked and what didn’t work. What foods kept my muscle glycogen topped off, and what foods repaired my body. Regardless of how big or small it has taught me that it requires proper fueling for optimal performance and recovery.
FOOD is FUEL. If you put crummy food into your body, you can expect crummy results!Regardless of whether you are a competitive CrossFitter, a triathlete, a weekend warrior, or just someone who wants to feel consistently healthy, learning what is in your food and what you put into your body is the best thing you can do for yourself! It can be the difference between feeling energetic and alive or stressed and depleted. It can also be the difference between success and failure.Goals: One of my professional goals is to create individualized, custom nutrition programs for my clients. I enjoy teaching clients about the benefits of eating “whole foods” while learning about their specific needs without judgment. I do not believe in quick fixes or unrealistic diets. Nutrition programs are a lifestyle change. That can be an overwhelming concept at first, but change takes time. I believe in setting realistic goals, making a commitment to those goals, and working together to accomplish the goals with patience, compassion, and encouragement.
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