Jennifer Garibaldi, MPH, RD, LDN, CPT, CHWC
Hi, I'm Jennifer!
I’ve been in the healthcare field for over 10 years and even that doesn’t give you immunity. I struggled as a fast eater growing up. Eating food so fast, I basically would inhale it! Not feeling satisfied, I would eat more. I would get so full that I didn’t or couldn’t do anything else but sit or lay down.
After the birth of my daughter, my relationship with food got worse to where I became an emotional eater. This new, challenging, and rewarding time of my life took me for a loop. I didn’t know whether I was coming or going! I looked to food to provide me comfort. That affected my desire to workout along with my all-or-nothing/perfectionistic thinking. If it was going to workout, I was going to do it “right” (whatever that meant).
One day, I’ve had enough. I thought about my daughter and wanted to be a better role model. I also wanted to start living my best life, because let’s face it….I felt like I was drowning. It’s like I had to give myself permission to start putting my own self-care first. And that’s just what I did. I finally realized that I was no good to others if I didn’t take care of myself. First, I worked on becoming more of a flexible thinker instead of an all-or-nothing thinker. I started appreciating progress for what it was. No matter how small…..progress IS progress.
It feels great to put yourself and your own needs first! It’s not at all selfish. That’s why I’m dedicated to help women who are looking to improve their relationship with food, move away from restrictive dieting, be consistent with lifestyle changes, and develop self-care strategies that work for them.
Education & Certifications
Bachelor's Degree, Exercise Physiology, University of New Orleans, 2006
Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine, 2006
Master's Degree, Public Health Nutrition, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 2013
Registered Dietitian, 2014
Certified Health and Wellness Coach, Wellcoaches 2014
Licensed Zumba Instructor 2014
Licensed Zumba Kids Instructor 2019
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