Hello, I’m Renee.

My intention is to help you cultivate a more nourishing, loving, peaceful and relaxed relationship with food and your body. 

Put simply, I want to help you feel good in your mind, body and soul.

Why?  Because living any other way, quite frankly, sucks.

I know.  I spent years of my life hating my body, eating for weight loss, bingeing on sugar, and judging myself as good or bad based on what I ate.  I was a slave to the scale.  I tallied my daily calories in bed every night.  I was utterly convinced that when I finally had the perfect diet and body, I would have the perfect life. 


I want to help you feel good in your body.


Skinny Jeans On, Life Gone
I did eventually obtain my so-called ideal body after losing 30 pounds by compulsively tracking every morsel I ate and running 75 miles a week.  Despite feeling hot in my skinny jeans, my 15-year relationship ended.  I lost my marketing job.  My body broke down.  I nosedived into depression.

My rigid diet and exercise rules turned me into a rigid person.  My struggle to maintain my weight was all-consuming.  My life became very contracted and small.

Completely fed up with the insane amount of time, energy and headspace I poured into fixing and bashing my body, I finally decided I had enough.  Too much of my life had been lost to the relentless war I was waging against myself.  Something had to change.  I had to change.


Too much of my life had been lost to the
relentless war I was waging against myself. 


A Life-Changing Revelation
With compassionate curiosity and some very wise coaches, I came to understand what my weight and food challenges were trying teach me.  I realized they were gifts to open, not problems to fix. 

This was a life-changing revelation that catapulted my personal growth, diminished my self-imposed suffering and further inspired my desire to help others on their journey.

Today, when I look in the mirror, I no longer see the girl who would go down the path of self-attack and self-loathing at the mere sight of her reflection. 

Now, I see a woman who unconditionally loves her body.  A woman who feels good in her skin and has a tremendously pleasurable and nourishing relationship with food.  A wholesome, embodied eater who never feels deprived. 

Sure, sometimes I eat too many cookies or drink too much wine.  But, no longer is doing so followed by a hefty dose of guilt, shame and self-punishment.

Radical acceptance and unconditional love.

This is what I want for you. 


Radical acceptance and unconditional love.
This is what I want for you. 


You might be thinking there is no way in hell I can accept and love myself as I am right now.  I totally get it.  I really do.

But, please, consider this:

Accepting yourself as you are in this very moment doesn't mean you're giving up. It means you're letting go of what's not serving you.

It’s about acting from a place of love, not loathing. 

Love and acceptance pave the way to genuine, lasting change.  

Self-loathing, deprivation and punishment will never ever lead to self-love and self-acceptanceand the peace, freedom, ease and happiness you long for.

You have the power to decide.  The choice is yours.


“The curious paradox is that when I
accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
Carl Rogers, Psychologist


"The things I’ve been struggling with all my life no longer feel shameful or embarrassing.  Realizing my challenges are not things that are wrong with me or parts of me that are broken, that they are gifts, things to learn from—this is one of the most comforting things Renee revealed to me."
-Amy Woloszyn | Graphic Designer | San Francisco, CA

I’m more relaxed, happier and focused on enjoying my life rather than the continual weight and diet issues that consumed me prior to doing this work."   
-Jennifer S. | Attorney | San Francisco, CA


"The boundary to what you can accept
is the boundary to your freedom."


My Inspiration

EARLY INSPIRATION
My father, who reversed his heart disease via diet and lifestyle changes over 25 years ago, ignited my interest in health and nutrition as a teen.

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VOLUNTEER SABBATICAL
After being laid off from my corporate gig, I took a sabbatical year devoted to volunteer service. Highlights included teaching English to Tibetans in Nepal, caring for orphans in Kathmandu, trekking to remote Himalayan villages to provide medical care, volunteering on organic farms in Italy, rebuilding a home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and cultivating the garden for a chef on a Vancouver Island farm. 

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COMMUNITY WELL-BEING
In San Francisco, I love volunteering with Cooking Matters, a non-profit dedicated to teaching nutrition and cooking skills to low-income communities.  I truly believe you can prepare healthy, delicious meals on a tight budget.


Want to know more?  Read my professional bio, learn about my approach, or check out my client reviews.