Hello! I’m Elle: writer, recipe creator, photographer, blogger and mama to two beautiful babies. My favorite things include my camera, carbs, sweaty workouts, my loving hubby and our two littles, Noah & Inès.
According to Elle showcases the beauty of living a healthy, vibrant life through mouth-watering recipes and fitness tips with a sprinkling of fashion, family, home decor and DIY.
Prior to becoming a full-time blogger, recipe developer and photographer, I was the lead dietitian at top health and wellness app MyFitnessPal. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Boston College, and has a Master’s of Public Health – Nutrition from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
After having our first kiddo, losing my dad and leaving a full-time job for freelance career, we recently relocated to beautiful Bend, Oregon.
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Disclaimer: This blog is intended to assist readers in personal wellness efforts and provides nutrition and fitness information intended for educational purposes only. This information is general in nature and not specific to individual readers. Please consult your physician before beginning any exercise or wellness program.
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I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog (I don’t even know how I found it…). I just signed up for the second round of Elf4Health. I just started blogging and look forward to catching up in your archives!
Elle, your story sounds a bit like mine! I also studied journalism, but at Northwestern. I changed careers this summer when I left a position with a major media company to manage (and teach at) a Pilates studio in Dallas. I’m 26 (27 in two months) and I know it’ll take me a while to complete the pre-reqs, but I’m determined to get my Masters in Nutrition and become an RD! I look forward to going back to read previous posts and the new ones!
I really like your blog, especially since you graduated from the program I was researching just 10 minutes ago. I am interested in learning more about your blog and hopefully also learn about your experience at NC.
I just found your site and I absolutely love it! I connected with so many of the things you said above and felt like I was reading my own writing often! Excited to follow along with you!
I love your BLOG!!! its so great! I am so inspired by nutrition and fashion! you should follow my instagram @nourishlyfe I promote the same lifestyle!
Just found your blog-you are inspirational! I struggled with disordered eating and an eating disorder for years. Now I am on my way to becoming an RD as well! I think it is so cool that we can use our struggles to help others. Love your blog!
Thanks so much, Kristen! All the best to you on your path to becoming a RD. :)
Hi there, I’m so glad I found your blog! I love what it has to offer, especially because I am studying nutrition at UC Davis…keep up the great work, and I can’t wait to read your future posts!
I just recently stumbled upon your blog and I am so glad I did. Your whole “about you section” reminded me so much of myself, especially not being able to finish a full Michael Pollan book. I myself went back to school to become an RD at 26, and at my current age 28 I should be finishing this semester and applying for internships. I admire what you do and have always wanted to write a blog myself. Do you have any advice on how to get started? Also, how did you pair up with a great company like MyFitnessPal? I am so intrigued by your blog and what you do. You are such an inspiration for an inspiring RD like myself. Any advice getting into this field would be much appreciated.
Thanks so much.
I just found your blog and I love it! Also wanted to say congrats on the new job at MFP! I used MFP to lose 30lbs and keep it off, and I make sure to spread the word whenever someone asks me how I lost weight. :) I have to admit I laughed out loud when you said you were starting from square one, aka General Chemistry. I have been an accountant for 3 years and decided to change careers to become an RD. My good old “square one”, General Chem class, started last night. Here we go! I should be an RD by the time I’m 33 if my plan works out. It’s never too late to do what you know will make you happy!
Note: I JUST bought the domain name for my website yesterday and plan to get it up and running this weekend. It will be a blog about healthy eating/cooking, exercise, and changing my career. Stay tuned!
I love reading your story! I am 31 years old, have a degree in Business and have been a stay at home mom for 5 years now. After having my 2nd child in 2010 and then a year later, after advice from my doctor that I needed to get some weight off, I decided that a huge lifestyle change was in order. After making workouts and better eating a priority, I have dropped 100 lbs and have maintained that for almost a year now.
I am fascinated with other bloggers recipes and blogs to keep me motivated as well. Also, recently, my husband and I were talking and I plan to go back to school to become a Registered Dietitian. We are currently living in Blacksburg, VA (VA Tech) and they do have a program here, but we may not be living here a year from now (husband is in a PhD program and slated to finished next Aug). Wherever he goes to teach after, we are working that around a school that has a program for me!
What a wonderful story – thanks so much for sharing! I think your experiences will make you a great RD. All the best to you and your family!
Just found your blog while reading Anne’s latest post. I love it and will definitely be back!
Yay, so glad! :)
Your blog is inspiring, entertaining, and informative!!! Good luck with your new life in CA and your new job. Crazy me….I left beautiful CA, where I was born and raised, and moved cross country to the east coast, without a job I might add! The things we do for love!! You are in such a perfect location for fresh, farm to table eating! Enjoy!!
I absolutely adore your blog! I am so happy that I found your blog. Your recipes are great and look so great in photography. Thank you for blogging! Love from Montana!
Hi Elle! Just wanted to say hello and tell you I’m so happy to have found your blog. It is so refreshing to read your story! Mid-last year I made the decision to quit my marketing job in corporate america and follow my dream of becoming an RD. So at age 26, I’m back at square one doing my sciences/pre-requisites! Thanks for being an inspiration. Best of luck with your move!
Just came across your blog searching for a recipe for coconut, cabbage, red pepper flake soup. Couldn’t believe my eyes when your recipe called for things I already have in my pantry. Browsing your blog and it so resonates with me! Keep it up. Your work validates my experiences. Thanks so much!
So sweet! Thanks for making me smile – I’m thrilled you found the blog and the recipe you were looking for. It’s one of my favorites! Enjoy!
Thanks for all the great information. I’ve signed up for your blog.
I just came across your blog through Her Happy Balance and I’m loving it! Your explanation of how you are a wanna-be fashionista, photographer, writer, chef, foodie, marathon runner, yogi, designer and professional blogger is hilarious and I can totally relate to each thing. Looking forward to reading your blog!
This is the first time I have checked out your blog and I absolutely love it! Your story sounds so much like mine, and I at 24 am considering going back to school too! :) looking forward to reading more!
Love your blog! It’s great to see another girl who loves to work out as much as she loves to eat! Any advice for gaining weight in a healthy way?
I’d say strength training to build muscle along with healthy fats (think plant & fish-based) and lean protein! :)
Hi Elle! Your name looks so close to mine, lol. It’s so nice to meet you here and I have to say that all your hard html work has paid off! Your blog is just gorgeous, and I love your down to earth personality too. Stay beautiful! :)
Thanks so much. I just subscribed to follow your blog – love it too! :)
I am so excited to have found your blog because of the elf4health challenge. I’m 27 and started my love of fitness about a year ago, so right when you did. I used to do all kinds of diet plans, and I consider myself an expert in diets. I could recite you the rules of half of them out there. One day I clicked over to enjoying food and working out and just being conscious. I’m down almost 20 pounds in weight, am training for my first marathon, and have now run 6 half marathons. I blog about running and style, and I can’t wait to follow your blog both for the challenge but also so be inspired! Thanks so much!!
I love your story – it’s so similar to many others and proves that weight loss doesn’t have to be stressful, unpleasant and strategic. So happy you joined the Elf for Health challenge, Meghan! :)
I just stumbled upon your blog and I’m so glad I did! Your story is inspiring and I have enjoyed reading through all of your posts. I look forward to following your blog! I am also excited to sign-up for your Elf for Health Challenge!
Hi, Elle! Thank you for sharing your encouraging story! I can totally relate to your experience. Never in a million years did I think I would be pursuing a career in nutrition. I didn’t know how to cook and therefore resorted to eating low-calorie, low-fat cereals and packaged foods for many many years. I always felt deprived but what mattered the most to me were the numbers on that darn scale. However, as I reached that point of desperation, with the help of the Lord and my family, I started to make baby steps towards a healthier, newer me. 2 years later, I found myself pursuing a career in nutrition. Like you, after 2 1/2 years of prerequisites and 1 year into graduate school, I couldn’t be happier and more excited about my future. I feel I can do anything. I look forward to following your blog! It’s lovely!
I just found your blog and I am so incredibly happy I did! This really resonated with me as I am currently 24 and working in finance but strongly considering a career in nutrition. I’m very nervous about being back in school for so long but hearing about other people making the same career switch is very encouraging.
Love your blog!
Thanks, Kathy! Definitely go for it if it’s a passion of yours. Nutrition rocks :)
All the best RD’s start training at 26 ;). Good luck with the next couple of months…..you’re so nearly there!
P.S. Just printed off your Awesome Abs sandwich PDF. So excited as I hate crunches too!
I stumbled across your Twitter profile and your blog. I absolutely love it!
Keep up the good work. It’s inspiring!
Sandra in Canada
LOVE LOVE LOVE what you are all about! I was very excited when I found your workouts on Pinterest, and then your website, wow is so exciting! I can’t wait to read more!
Hi Elle! I found your blog through Anne! Congrats on the engagement! I just got engaged in October so I’m going through the same thing you ladies are with planning, etc. Love the blog and love reading about your journey to become an RD…which is becoming a strong interest of mine in the past few years. Any advice for anyone who is interested in changing careers and going back to school in her late 20’s?
Just go for it! It’ll all be worth it in the end.
thanks Elle! We are getting married this year so as soon as I get through that (and the honeymoon), I might start my journey…I am researching programs in the area now and looking into pre-requisites….it’s nerve wrecking to start all over…it’s so nice to be able to read yours and Anne’s blogs to see what you are going through, and how much fun you seem to be having in the meantime!
You are truly never too old, ladies. And the world of academia loves women who have finally figured out who they want to be when they grow up. I went back at 37 after raising 2 boys. Nutrition was an important part of my being a mom and my husband said, “Why don’t you make it your job?” My life was flying by so quickly I knew it would go fast and it did. I love my job now. Go for it. You’ll love it, too!
I love following your site. Its so refreshing to see how “normal” you eat. Its very inspiring for people that are trying to make small changes rather than overhauling their entire eating habits. I am curious whether you have ever written a post on your past with disordered eating and body image issues? Looking foward to reading more! xo
Thanks, Danielle! I haven’t yet written a post about my struggles with eating and body image issues but it’s definitely something I will work on!
I like your site. I actually came here from a link that said you had a video on how to get the seeds out of a pomegranate but the link didn’t work. Have you taken down the video? I like your recipe section and want to try some of your recipes. Best wishes on getting your degree as a RD and finding a job you love in the field you’ve chosen!
Hi Donna! I don’t have a video but I do have a post with lots of photos – which will probably be more than helpful. :) http://nutritionella.com/2010/12/10/favorite-things/pomegranates-no-more-painstaking-plucking/ Please let me know what recipes you try and how you like them – I’m always looking for ways to improve! Thanks so much for the kind wishes – it’s much appreciated, especially during final exam week!
I stumbled upon your website on the Fit Fluential Inc. page on Facebook and love what you, your blog, and your outlook on fitness and health are about. I look forward to following you. :) Have a great rest of the week!
You are so sweet! I’m looking forward to working with FitFluential as one of their Ambassadors. Glad you found me through there – thanks for reading!
I just came across your blog and I love it! I’m looking forward to reading it more! :)
I just found your blog through Twitter! :D Can’t wait to read more! If I could do it all over again, I would become an RD so I can’t wait to live vicariously through your experiences.
It’s never too late, you know!
I am loving your blog! Glad to find someone from the Triangle – I’m from Raleigh! Can’t wait to read more.
I. love. your blog! I cam across it during Tuesday’s FitBlog chat, and I love it! I’ve been looking for more blogs that really speak “balance”!