Work With Me
I love working with families to put the pieces together...
...just like a complex nutritional puzzle. By understanding that the family is both a whole and made up of individuals, I help to fix the chaos that sometimes resides in a household when it comes to food, mealtimes and balance on the plate.
I work with people in these situations:
- Couples thinking about or actively trying to get pregnant
- Pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding moms
- Women pregnant with multiples, or high risk pregnancies
- Couples who are not on the same page with family nutrition and need a plan
- Kids and adults who have digestive issues and/or food intolerances
- Kids who are “picky,” “tricky,” “overweight,” “underweight,” and other difficult health or feeding scenarios
- Women and men who have been given a diagnosis of an autoimmune disorder, or have a family history of autoimmune disease and want to protect their own health
- Women and men who have symptoms of hormonal imbalance, stress-related ailments, poor sleep, chronic fatigue or pain - anyone who wants to get their “mojo” back
What you walk away with after working with me is a completely unique, personalized and thorough approach to rewiring your health and nutritional outlook. One that will last the rest of your lifetime.
Just imagine, how much easier our lives would be if we were born with a User’s Guide.
– Erika M. Szabo
Science-based, Yet Down To Earth
Anyone can surf the Web for info, or buy the latest health book on Amazon. A doctor tells you one thing, a friend another, you read something in a fitness magazine, or you see supplements on the shelf at Costco - we are bombarded with confusing information about how to manage our health.
I believe there is only one right answer, and that is the one inside of you.
As your health advocate, I want to help you find the answer.
Employing a scientific approach, I utilize many tools which will help you feel amazing as soon as possible.
In the beginning, there will be paperwork, laboratory tests, a food and lifestyle journal, possibly a consult with one of your other providers if helpful, and comprehensive medical history.
I love putting all the pieces together with you as my guide. What are the top priorities? Goal-setting will help you decide. My recommendations for you will feel great - because you will help initiate them - and there will be no surprises.
Making A Plan
We go “upstream” as far as possible to uncover the origin of the ailments which are affecting you.
Putting together a food plan to make sure you are happy and satisfied comes next.
Various nutritional supplements help round out the equation.
Lifestyle measures to make this your “new normal” are considered from every angle.
I believe that resolving underlying health issues results in a lifetime of vitality, enjoyment, and a new love of eating.
Holistic Nutrition Gives You An Edge
Your body knows exactly how to heal and how to handle disease. That is called homeostasis, or creating balance in the body.
The problem is, we often get in our own way. We take too many medicines, self-soothe with a nightly glass of wine (or two), or eat comforting foods to get us through a tough week.
When we are no longer “whole”, the parts seem to crumble around us.
Holistic nutrition is an approach to health which uncovers what obstacles are in your way, in your family’s way, in your body’s way, and how this translates to lack of optimal health, lack of vibrancy, lack of joy.
So we can turn things around.
Holistic nutrition is functional and holistic, focusing on your specific and perfect combination of foods, supplements, lifestyle and body/mind elements to help you feel and be your very best.
Food is the greatest medicine. Foods in your new plan will be exactly what your body needs, craves, loves and thrives on. But, we will talk about way more than just what you eat.
Did you know your home, job, kids, relationships, sleep habits, self care routine and exercise are all of equal importance to the food you put in your body?
Your whole self needs perfect balance in order to reap the full benefits of nutritional therapy.
Holistic nutrition focuses on your specific and perfect combination of foods, supplements, lifestyle and body/mind elements to help you feel and be your very best.
– Sara Peternell, MNT
Maybe this feels familiar...
A woman came to see me because she just found out she has hypothyroidism, digestive issues, and she wants to lose 20 pounds.
Oh, and also, her little boy has eczema and doesn’t yet sleep through the night at three years old. She suspects he is gluten intolerant but isn’t sure where to start making changes.
Her husband has always had high cholesterol but loves his cookies and beer. He doesn’t want to have a stroke like his dad did ten years ago.
They eat out or get take-out for nearly every dinner. Mom is skipping breakfast, dad is munching on sweets at bedtime, their little boy will eat only “white” foods. The parents are struggling to know how to provide the healthiest foods for their child, and yet, they know their own choices are lacking.
This is how we begin the conversation and get this family on a plan that feels good for everyone.
When mom came in to discuss just her thyroid, what if we never talked about the rest of the family?
She would have been less likely to stick to her her own plan, because she would have felt on an island, alone in her new pursuits for health. But, she needs her people there with her.
Each family needs a common sense holistic nutritional plan.
Your Next Phase
I am here to help uncover the answers. To ensure you (and your family) succeed in this exciting new phase of your journey. To empower your choices around food and lifestyle measures, to support your positive thoughts for powerful and lasting change and to guide you towards your most vibrant health. After all, there is only this one life. Let’s make it great.