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"Sometimes it takes a health scare, whether that is a personal scare or a loved one’s, for us to realize it is time to make some serious changes.” For Alysha, this was when a doctor wanted to put her on blood pressure medication at 18 for her high blood pressure. Coming from a family with heart disease, she knew she needed to make changes sooner rather than later.
“I got sick and tired of being sick and tired and decided to take control of my health. Growing up in a small town in California, health wasn’t necessarily a priority. It wasn’t until I went to college and stopped playing sports where it became a focus.” She noticed her anxiety had increased, she gained some weight, started having digestive issues, and was dealing with acne. Once she cleaned up her diet and made regular exercise a priority again, her digestion got better, her acne cleared up, and her anxiety lessened.
In college, Alysha studied biopsychology, which is the study of how the brain influences one’s behavior and cognition. She knew she wanted to help others change their behavior for the better. She worked as a behavior therapist with individuals with autism, though realized her true passion was more specific to food and nutrition. She then became a health educator and started teaching nutrition classes and guiding folks through weight loss using behavior modification techniques. "I know how challenging it can be to make healthy lifestyle changes, especially when it comes to changing your food habits. This is why I love helping others accomplish their health goals." She continued her education to become a registered dietitian to deepen her teaching and coaching. “I know how powerful real food can be in helping people finally feel better, have more energy, less pain, better digestion, better moods, and better overall quality of life!”
During her dietetic internship at a hospital working with critically ill patients, her strong belief in prevention was reinforced. “I will problem solve with you so we can find the underlying cause rather than taking a band-aid approach and only treating the symptoms. I will show you how real food is the best preventative medicine in supporting gut health, GI issues, chronic illness, energy, and living an optimal life. To me, it's not about the weight you lose, it's about the life you gain. I've heard such rewarding stories from clients; everything from being able to travel by plane without a seat belt extender to being able to play with their grandkids.”
Outside of work, Alysha can be found outside (most likely hiking or running!), being an energetic auntie, attending music events, or traveling and exploring new destinations with her fiancé.
Alysha is a registered & licensed dietitian through the Minnesota Board of Nutrition and Dietetics. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, then an additional Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Northern Colorado. Alysha completed her dietetic internship through the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, a 42-week hospital-based program with a concentration in Medical Nutrition Therapy. She has professional experience as a behavior therapist, lead health educator, and group fitness instructor.