From veggie hater to food obsessed to balanced eater…
Hi, I’m Gillian
Currently, I’m healthy, happy and feel pretty good about my body… but it’s been a long road to get here. For most of my life, I had a pretty terrible relationship with BOTH food and my body.
Until I was about 20 years old, I hated exercising, LOVED candy and soda, and refused to eat vegetables.
I was obsessed with snacks – in my home, sugar, candy, soda and ‘ultra processed food’ was ‘the devil. Since there was SO much restriction at home, I rebelled… and ate as much off-limits food as I could at friends houses or on the go.
For years I genuinely HATED anything green, and my attempts at exercising lasted a few days, at best.
When I finally decided to change my eating habits on my own terms… I had NO IDEA how to do it in a way that I actually liked!
College was the first time I took real ownership over my habits. Slowly, I started incorporating more vegetables and less processed food into my diet and I added in a day or two at the gym. I stopped smoking, and reduced my alcohol intake. Little by little, I made changes to my eating habits that I still practice today.
Then... my relationship with food got worse.
Learning I could ‘control’ my body with food and exercise took me to a dark place.
I found CrossFit, and as soon as I saw progress, I wanted more. I believed that if I could just have the ‘perfect’ body… life would be better.
At my LEANEST… Instead of all my insecurities going away, I was MORE focused on my body than ever.
I went from loving eating out with friends and travelling, to stressing over hitting my macros, constantly checking myself in the mirror, and obsessively weighing myself to make sure I was ‘on track’. Even though I knew exactly what to do in my nutrition, my self confidence was at an all time low.
Out of a stroke of luck, I was introduced to the concepts of Mindful and Intuitive Eating, and as I started to incorporate them into my own life, I also saw the impact they could have on the lives of my clients.
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My coaching journey
I started studying nutrition in 2011 with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, after graduating from UCSD with a degree in anthropology.
My coaching style combines nutrition science, psychology, behavior change and mindfulness practices… because just ‘knowing what to eat’ is NOT enough.
I started coaching nutrition clients in 2016, while I was still coaching CrossFit classes, and have since transitioned to online coaching, both 1:1 and in groups.
Currently, I am certified as a Precision Nutrition L1 coach, an Institute for Integrative Nutrition health coach, a Level 3 CrossFit trainer, and I hold a certificate in Sports Nutrition from ANEF in Barcelona.
I hold certificates in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques and Motivational Interviewing. In 2022 I completed professional trainings on Body Image and Binge Eating.
What's Bite Size Nutrition all about?
My coaching framework includes principles of motivational interviewing, intuitive and mindful eating, behavior change psychology and a holistic approach to health to changing your habits for good.
My style of coaching guides both WHAT you do and HOW you do it- it’s not just nutrition coaching, it’s behavior and mindset change.
I started Bite Size Nutrition in 2016 to help women feel in charge of their eating habits and at home in their bodies… because I know the stress, overwhelm and frustration that comes with dieting and body shame.
Bite Size Nutrition Coaching will help you break your all or nothing patterns and learn how to create (and maintain!) balance in your eating habits.
What you can expect from Bite Size Nutrition
- Evidence backed nutrition, mindful eating and body image education.
- An easy to follow framework for healthy eating that includes ALL foods.
- Evidence based mindset, nutrition and behavior change curriculum..
- Ongoing support, communication and transparency.
- A coach who LISTENS and GUIDES
- Values and goal coaching, to help you connect with what is truly important
- (Some of my clients say) a combination of nutrition coaching and LIFE coaching.
- A coach who helps you become your OWN cheerleader
Let's get started!
Binge Eating Essentials for Health Professionals (Dr. Jake Linardon, PHD)
2016 – 2017
ANEF BCN – Fitness Professionals Academy
L1 Certified Coach
Precision Nutrition – Nutrition Academy
Institute for Integrative Nutrition
2005 – 2009
University of California San Diego
CrossFit Level 3 Certification ™ (CF-L3 Certified CrossFit Trainer)