Why the name Tuit Nutrition? Why not something more edgy, like Thrive Nutrition, or Vital Force Nutrition? Glad you asked!
When I was little, my mother carried around a wooden circle, about the size of a half dollar. (Do they still make those?) One side was printed with four simple letters and it looked like this:
The other side had an explanation of what those four letters meant, and it looked like this:
Get it? A round tuit! Genius!
Have you been putting your health on the backburner? Has your vitality taken a backseat to work, family, or other priorities and obligations? Have you been wanting to lose weight, relieve chronic pain, or get rid of digestive problems like heartburn, gas, and bloating? How about getting that pep back in your step, livening up your libido, or simply remembering how it feels to smile? Have you felt “blah” for so long that you can’t even remember what it’s like to feel good?
It doesn’t have to
Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired?
Have you been wanting to make changes in your diet but are so confused by the mixed messages and conflicting information from all kinds of “experts” that you don’t know where to start? Do you feel that if you had someone by your side to help you make sense of it all, you’d finally get “around to it?”
Well, what are you waiting for? I’m right here. Get Tuit!
If you’d like to learn more about how I think this all works, please read on. But if you’re ready to get started and make you a priority right now, I invite you to check out the services I offer and see if there’s a package that’s right for you.
How a nutritionist can help you:
What’s missing? What is the piece, that if it fell into place, would give us that “oomph” – that little nudge that we need to get started when it comes to diet and health—and of course, to keep going? If you ask me, there’s more than one piece, but they can come wrapped up in one nice, convenient package. Let’s think of it like going on a road trip. We’ve got a destination—somewhere we want to go. We’ll have a route planned out beforehand—which roads we’ll take, where we’ll stop for the night. We’ll have a reason for going there—to visit friends or family, see a famous attraction, or just to get away for a while on the open road. All along the way, we’ll have markers—road signs, billboards—that tell us whether we’re still on the right path. We’ll have gas stations to fill up on fuel when we’re running low, need to stop inside and grab a healthy snack—yes, it can be done!—and, if nature calls, use a clean restroom (we hope!). And we’ll have state troopers patrolling here and there to make sure we drive safely and stay under the speed limit. How does all this translate to nutrition coaching?
Destination = Goal: We need someplace we want to go. It could be as simple as dropping a few pounds for a special event, or as life-altering as waking up without the chronic pain you’ve been living with for decades, or turning the tide on your diabetes, heart disease, or arthritis. The legal beagles tell me I’m not allowed to say nutrition will “cure” anything, but I promise you it can certainly go a very long way toward helping! (And without the funky side effects of modern pharmaceutical drugs. Ever read the fine print on the back of the magazine ads or listen to the super-speedy voice rattling off a mile a minute at the end of the commercials? Yikes! The drugs are often worse than the diseases!)
Reason = Motivation: Why do you want to go there? If you’re going to get to your destination, you need something driving you from inside. Other people can inspire and guide you, but ultimately, you have to take action for yourself, and you won’t do that without a strong reason why. Maybe excess weight, chronic pain, or relentless fatigue have kept you from doing your favorite activities. Maybe you’d like to be around long enough to watch your children or grandchildren get married, or keep up with them without getting winded. Maybe someone in your life didn’t pay attention to nutrition and fitness the way they should have, and seeing them deal with the consequences has sparked you into action. Your “why” will be unique to you, but if you’ve gotten this far, you likely already know what it is.
Route = Direction: We need someone to show us the way—a living, breathing GPS who can tell us where to turn, keep us from hitting dead ends, and steer us back to the right road if we miss the on-ramp. Ideally, this direction comes from someone who’s driven the same course him or herself, knows the route well, and can prevent wrong turns before they even happen. Not every nutrition coach needs to have been unhealthy or overweight in the past, but I do think it makes them more empathetic. Having traveled the route themselves, they know where the potholes and confusing intersections are. They know how frustrating it is when you get turned around and maybe end up a mile or two (or ten!) out of the way. Chances are, they took a couple of unintended detours along their way and can spare you from doing the same. Yes, here I’m referring to myself. If you’ve read the “About Me” page, then you know I came to learn what I know about diet, health, and fitness the hard way. With me as your nutritional GPS, you’ll avoid the dietary potholes and pitfalls you might otherwise get caught in.
You’re doing great!
(And if you’re not, we’ll
figure out why.)
Markers = Support: Just like the signs and landmarks that reassure us we’re still on the right road, we need periodic reminders that we’re making progress. We can do some of this on our own—step on a scale, take our measurements, add another weight to the bar, or try on a pair of jeans that didn’t fit six weeks ago—but health and wellness can improve in subtle ways we might not even notice until someone else—someone trained to spot them—points them out to us: our skin is clearer; we’re less forgetful; we didn’t need coffee the second we got to the office; our joints weren’t frozen in pain when we woke up; our PMS wasn’t as bad as usual; we weren’t out of breath at the top of the stairs. (And many of these important things can improve while the other markers, like weight and shape, stay the same. So it’s key to have someone who knows what to look for along for the ride with you.) These markers do more than just remind us we’re on the right road, though. They can feel like little morale boosts along the way—just when we think we’ll never get to the next landmark, there it is, flying by the passenger side window before we know it, and it gives us the push to keep going.
Gas Stations = Tools: The gas light is on. We’re running on fumes. We’ve got to get some fuel into the car, and we’ve got to get it now. It’s common to run out of steam with healthy eating and exercising. Our modern food landscape certainly doesn’t make it easy to make good choices. Tempting junk is all around us, and there are so many things competing for our time that seem more pressing than lacing up our sneakers and going for a walk. Just when our gas gauge is flatlining on “E,” a nutrition coach can come along with a couple gallons of gas, like an oasis in a thousand-mile desert. They can give us enough to keep us going until we start running low again, when they’ll be there again, right when we need them. Instead of gasoline, though, nutrition coaches can give us trustworthy information about specific foods and their effects on the body (inside and outside), strategies for resisting temptation, tips for replacing not-so-great foods and habits with better ones, and how to buy good food without having to mortgage away our firstborn. Like occasional infusions of gasoline, these inputs ensure that we keep moving forward toward our destination.
How’s it been going?
Cops = Accountability: We need someone keeping us in line. For those of us who do better with tough love, this is “someone to answer to.” Someone to keep us in line when we’d rather slack off. For those of us who respond better with gentle encouragement and praise, it’s someone who’ll check in on us and celebrate even the small victories. With nutrition, this is someone to give us thumbs up or thumbs down with what we’ve been eating, and how we’ve been sleeping, moving, and relaxing. (Yes, sleep, movement, and relaxation are nutrients!) Let’s not forget that the state troopers—scary as they are—aren’t out there for the sole purpose of intimidating everyone. They’re really out there to protect and help us. If we get into an accident, those flashing colored lights are a welcome sight. We might not even realize we’re driving erratically until we get pulled over—and we might not realize we haven’t been following a healthy eating plan quite so well until someone sits down with us and asks.
So, why Tuit? Because it’s not easy going it alone. Long road trips get pretty rough when there’s no one with us to pass the time, to keep us laughing, and, most of all, to keep us on the right course.
The route can get treacherous. Take a partner.
Maybe you’ve spent years saying you’ll get real about your diet when you “get to it.”
Maybe you’ve been meaning to learn about healthier food, but you haven’t “gotten to it” yet.
Maybe you have no idea where to start with cleaning up your lifestyle, but you’d really like to “get to it.”
Maybe there are so many books, movies, and websites about health, weight loss, and wellness—and they say so many different things—that you’re overwhelmed just thinking about making some changes. And if only you had someone to do it with you, to help you along, you’d be excited to “get to it.”
Well, now you have Tuit! Now you have a nutrition and wellness coach who’s driven the course herself and can be your copilot, giving you the directions, tools, support, and the accountability that will get you to your destination.
It’s time to get around to it!
What are you waiting for? GET TUIT!
The best health and vitality of your life start now.