My Nutrition Philosophy
I grew up eating fast food, top ramen, and all the 90's convenience foods. When I ate home-cooked meals they usually consisted of southern poor man foods like spam and canned vegetables. When I got to college I had ZERO idea what healthy even was. I didn't even know what green beans looked like outside of a can. In the early days of learning about nutrition, I thought calories were the end all be all. I ended up damaging my metabolism and hormones in the process. It was all worthwhile though because it motivated me to spend years studying functional and integrative nutrition.
Not only was I able to heal my metabolism, hormones, and fertility myself (when the doctors said I couldn't), but I also healed my husbands wrecked GI system and chronic migraines. He also finally saw gains from all his hours he put in the gym. And I was able to lose and maintain weight loss I had long desired. I was also able to lose 40-50 lbs after the birth of each of my sons.
Now, I get out of bed every day with the idea that someday real food and a great relationship with food will be the norm for everyone. I have a dream that society will someday recognize the incredible healing power of good nutrition and use it as a mainstream treatment.
Whether you are a nutrition coaching client, meal plan client, or sports nutrition client, my goal is for you to develop a new lifestyle while reaching your goals. You will learn the basics of healthy eating, develop a better relationship with food, and heal your body with personalized nutrition to meet your goals. Above all, your meals will not be gross diet food, it will be DELICIOUS amazing tasting food that's easy to prepare. Don't worry I've graduated from canned green beans, in fact, you probably already know I run my own food blog now!
Integrative Nutrition Counseling
*All sessions provided via WhatsApp, Facetime or Zoom. Not sure which package is right for you or want to build your own? Use the contact page to contact me with your questions!
All sessions & packages come with a complimentary follow-up email that includes a summary of our discussion and action plan we developed together.
What is Integrative Functional Medicine/ Nutrition Counseling? For optimal results, it is critical to address functional imbalances such as hormone balance (thyroid, sex hormones, and adrenals), blood sugar fluctuations, digestion, liver function, metabolic health, and chronic inflammation. Ever wonder why you don't have the same results as someone else on the same plan?
Functional imbalances put a roadblock on your path to success, preventing you from being your optimal self. We will work together to determine what your specific imbalances are and address them with nutrition, supplements, and exercise. Whether you are struggling with fatigue, weight loss resistance, mood swings, GI disturbances, or don't feel like yourself. Taking a whole health approach will allow us to determine any roadblocks to good health and break through them naturally. My goal is to get to the root cause of the health condition so that it can be eliminated long term.
I have over 15 years experience working with the following conditions:
Female Hormone Health: Amenorrhea ~ PCOS ~ Endometriosis ~ Infertility ~ Pregnancy ~ Breastfeeding ~ Menopause ~ PMS ~ PMDD ~ Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
GI Symptoms and Disorders: GERD/ Reflux ~ Ulcers ~ Celiac Disease ~ Irritable Bowel Syndrome ~ Ulcerative Colitis ~ Crohn's ~ Bloating ~ Gas
Thyroid Health & Autoimmune Conditions & Pre Autoimmune Disease including but not limited to lupus, hashimotos, Graves, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, other autoimmune conditions, and those with markers of pre-autoimmune disease.
Weight Loss & Weight Loss Resistance (inability to lose weight, yo-yo dieting, and past history of metabolic dysfunction.)
Pain Related Conditions: Chronic Joint Pain ~ Arthritis ~ Gout ~ Fibromyalgia ~ Back Pain
Metabolic Dysfunction and Inflammation: Cholesterol Imbalance ~ High Blood Pressure/Hypertension ~ Pre-diabetes ~ Diabetes ~ Reactive Hypoglycemia ~ Fatty Liver ~ Adrenal Health ~ Liver Health ~ Other Conditions
In addition, we will address:
Optimizing Blood Chemistry: Optimizing your blood chemistry profile to optimal ranges (vs just lab value "normal" ranges.)
Body Composition Optimization: Optimizing body composition for overall health and sports performance (if that's a goal.)
Optimizing Your Relationship with Food: One of the biggest barriers to optimal health and body composition is the relationship you have with food. Improving this will make you successful long term.
Nutrition Coaching Packages
Note: I will be on maternity leave mid April - June 5th. New clients can chose to pause their package while I'm on leave or hold their spot for start on June 5th.
Jumpstart Package ($249)
For people who want a jump start in the right direction. Clients who find this package most helpful are those who know they will want to follow up at least once.
3 Month Package ($499)
This is my most recommended plan by clients. It allows us to really dig in deep and overhaul your mindset, functional imbalances and continually evaluate your progress toward your goals.
6 Month Lifestyle Reset ($799)
This program allows us to create a solid foundation and then build on it every week. We will get to set small goals slowly that become ingrained in your lifestyle. It's a great way to stay accountable to your long-term goals.
Available for add-on: Dutch Complete and Dutch Plus Hormone Testing Add-Ons! Click here for more info.
Now Offering! Gut Healing Centered Approach Packages
A La Carte Sessions
For those who do not need intensive regular follow-ups or would prefer to follow up on an as-needed basis, this option is perfect for you!
Initial Assessment - $199
60 Minute Follow up Session ($149)
30 Minute Follow Up Session ($79)
*VETERAN/STUDENT DISCOUNT! I reduce my rate for veterans and students. If you would like to use this discount please contact me separately and I'll send you a special link!
**I do not bill any insurance companies at this time. However, I can provide a superbill for you to submit for reimbursement to your insurance company. HSA/FSA cards can also be used when purchasing any nutrition counseling package!
Lab Testing Offered
For those who desire to look deeper and take a personalized approach to nutrition and healing, I offer a variety of functional lab testing. Below are the most common tests I recommend, but I do sometimes deviate on a case by case basis. For many years, I resisted functional lab testing beyond food sensitivity testing, but after incorporating more and more tests into my practice I can't deny the power of personalized results.
- Cyrex Labs Array 2 - Leaky Gut/Intestinal Permeability Screen
- Diagnostic Solutions GI MAP - Stool Test
- Cyrex Labs Array 22 - SIBO/IBS Screen
- Celiac Genetic Testing
- Cyrex Labs Array 3X - Wheat/ Gluten Proteome Reactivity and Autoimmunity
- Food Sensitivity Testing - I use a variety of tests depending on the situation and budget. Most common used are Cyrex Array 4 and 10 or MRT from Oxford Labs
- Organic Acid Testing
- NutrEval Nutritional Panel
- DUTCH Testing (Complete, Plus, Cycle Mapping)
- 3X4 Genetics Tests
- Trudiagnostic Testing (Methylation Test)
Since insurance doesn't cover most of these tests (unless you have an HSA/FSA) I often recommend you meet with me first for an assessment so I can recommend the tests that are most valuable to you. However, some tests, like the genetics tests may be something you don't want a pre apt or review appointment for. In that case you can purchase those in my labshop.
Other Nutrition Services
What to Eat? Meal Plans
Want to make healthy eating convenient and affordable? I offer weekly meal plans featuring Hungry Hobby recipes and HH approved recipes that automatically include all the principles of healthy eating you will learn in nutrition coaching. Custom plans and weekly subscriptions are both available. Many clients chose to add-on subscription meal plans to their nutrition coaching packages for additional support. Find out more here!
Food Sensitivity Testing
Private Grocery Store Tours
Good nutrition starts at the grocery store, if you are located in the Phoenix area let's go shopping! Tour will include tips on shopping, label reading, meal planning and more! Tour will be personalized to your current health goals. As many members of your household may attend as you like! *Can be traded in for a follow up session purchased in a package.
Consultations & Presentations
Have a topic or area you would like to learn more about? I can provide nutrition consultations on the following topics or a topic of your choice! (30 Minutes, $59.00)
Meal Planning (families and individuals)
Eating Out 101
Healthy Eating for Pregnancy/Lactation
Healthy Snacking 101
Sports Nutrition/ Fueling Workouts
Topic Of Your Choice
Kelli Shallal, MPH, RD
Kelli Shallal is a Registered Dietitian, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and the blogger behind the blog Hungry Hobby, which you’ll find at hungryhobby.net. Kelli received her Masters of Public Health in Nutrition from Loma Linda University in 2013. Kelli started her blog to share the joy in living a healthy fit lifestyle, without starvation or food restriction. On the blog, she shares recipes, workouts, nutrition facts, health tips and real life. In addition, Kelli is a professor at a local college and owns a functional and integrative-based private practice.