I've been blessed to work with the most amazing, beautiful beings and am deeply grateful for their willingness to share their experience with you. In addition to the reviews below, you can also check out my Yelp reviews here.
"She taught me how to find balance in my life, how to enjoy eating without being obsessive about counting calories or losing weight."
If you are looking for someone to help you make a healthy, long-term change to the way you look at yourself, your body, and food, Renee is your person!
I can't even being to tell you how helpful my sessions with Renee have been. Now, having been about 9 months removed from my work with her, I can whole-heartedly say, her work is long lasting.
I would echo everything that has been said in previous reviews. She is someone who is unforgettable. She listens to you, validates your feelings, and makes individualized, chunked plans to help you reach your goals. For me, she helped me learn how to love myself and my body. She taught me how to find balance in my life, how to enjoy eating without being obsessive about counting calories or losing weight. We also did work on looking at products I was putting on my body or using to clean my apartment, and how they were affecting my health.
Renee helped me realize the importance of enjoying life now. Working with her is an experience that will stick with you for the rest of your life. I think about things Renee and I talked about often, and I know that what she has taught me will always be in the back of my head. Not only is Renee great while you are in sessions with her, but she also follows up with you and keeps in contact with you after you finish working with her. She is extremely thoughtful, and I am eternally grateful for our work together.
–Lisa S. | Coach + Teacher | San Francisco, CA
"Renee helped me to get rid of labeling any of my actions around food as 'bad' and she encouraged me to be curious about my patterns instead of judgmental."
I asked the universe for a compassionate "nutritionist" and Renee was the answer.
Renee has a healing and warm energy. I felt cared for the minute I met her.
About a year after having my son, I continued to eat comfort food and in large quantities. I first sought the help of a different nutritionist here in the city, and she spoke to me in a shaming way. Yikes. I knew at that moment that I needed someone who would honor MY decision to change and encourage me versus punish me.
And that is when I asked the universe to help me find a "compassionate nutritionist".
I found Renee on Yelp and felt she was the one. I was right.
Renee helped me to get rid of labeling any of my actions around food as "bad" and she encouraged me to be curious about my patterns instead of judgmental. When I confessed to her some of my habits, she responded with "it sounds like you had a need and were doing your best to take care of yourself."
This sentiment would go on to lay the foundation of my work with Renee. She helped me to see that true change can never come from a place of negative self-talk or feeling guilty for my behaviors. Instead, we focused on love of myself and love of my body. From there, self care and nutrition can flow. It makes so much sense, but it is so antithetical to our culture and the way we discipline ourselves into short-term gains.
My last session with Renee was about a month ago. But, I have continued to take away her encouragement to investigate instead of blame and to be gentle and kind to myself. I feel with this foundation, I will never look at food or exercise in the same black/white and good/bad way again. And, my experience with this change shows me it is a truth that lasts and continues to provide positive results.
–Jessica B. | Senior Director | San Francisco, CA
"Renee has helped me break my lifelong cycle of dieting and unhealthy eating. I now get so much more pleasure from eating and am much less obsessive about food."
Working with Renee has helped me break my lifelong cycle of dieting and unhealthy eating. I now get so much more pleasure from eating and am much less obsessive about food. I eat a more balanced diet, eat more regularly, enjoy eating what I want, and don’t just eat to eat nearly as often. I am not as hungry, snack less and eat more mindfully.
My digestion has improved and my skin and hair feel and look healthier. I no longer have afternoon sugar crashes or collapse on the couch after work from fatigue. I am sleeping much better and getting an adequate amount of sleep more often--this has made a big difference. When I don’t get enough sleep, I am much more aware about using food and caffeine as an energy substitute and tend to do it less.
I now cook more, shop smarter, stock my kitchen better, and am experimenting more with new foods and recipes. As a result, I’m saving money.
I have much more energy, which makes it easier to be more social, make home improvements, and get up for my 6 a.m. boot camp class. My mood is much better and I’m experiencing less mood swings. Lastly, I am enjoying the compliments I’m receiving.
–Theresa | Marketing Specialist | San Francisco, CA
"I'm not as anxious and stressed out over deciding what my body needs. I am eating more mindfully and don't feel deprived in anyway."
My work with Renee has been HUGE to help me really work on the places in which my suffering manifests as self-sabotage. I can’t thank her enough for the perspective and healing she helped me step in to. 'm feeling good in my body and am motivated to take care of myself because I have a strong sense of purpose and self-compassion. I'm not as anxious and stressed out over deciding what my body needs. I am eating more mindfully and don't feel deprived in anyway.
I now sleep wonderfully and feel refreshed and energized for the day. I'm definitely cooking more and eat at least two meals at home daily, which is a big step from a few months ago. I'm eating fresh food, and really as little processed foods as possible. And, I don't crave sugar and desserts as much anymore. I'm not as ashamed about my choices and actually own that I really enjoy food, just like everybody else. That's a wonderful feeling, full of ease and joy.
–Ashna Chowdury | Leadership Coach + Consultant | Dhaka, Bangladesh
"I no longer feel like I’m battling with my body.
I feel like my body and my mind are finally partners!"
Prior to working with Renee, I had very little appreciation of what my body did for me on a daily basis. I often underestimated its strength and definitely didn’t listen to the messages it was sending me. Over the past few months, I’ve come to recognize what my body is capable of and have worked to treat it with more respect. This has given me greater peace of mind, as I no longer feel like I’m battling with my body. I feel like my body and my mind are finally partners!
I make much more conscious food choices today as I’ve become wise to what really makes me feel good, and what does not. My digestion changes have been the most transformational aspects of working together. My digestion used to be erratic and unpredictable; I’m now very regular and have little to no bloat.
During stressful times at work, I used to crave wine or ice cream at the end of the day, but by taking time for myself and getting more rest, I was able to find satisfaction in other ways. I also used to have very strong caffeine and salty snack cravings in the afternoon but was able to entirely eliminate them!
My physical activity is incredibly more consistent and my energy level is much more constant throughout the day, rather than the severe highs and lows I used to experience. This makes my daily life much more productive and my mood much happier!
I am more comfortable in my body and feel my mind and body are better aligned. I have surprisingly lost a little over 5 pounds. I find this surprising because it’s been a very natural process, without thinking about being on “a diet.”
Lastly, working through these various issues has brought me closer to my partner, as he has supported me and participated on this journey.
–Nicole M. | Consultant | San Francisco, CA
"She helped me focus on what nourishes me most in life (i.e., creativity, relationships, career, etc.) so as to not obsess over food and exercise."
Renee brought an immense amount of calm into my life as a result of our sessions together. She taught me how to listen to my breath. She taught me that beauty is so much more multi-dimensional than the physical. She helped me focus on what nourishes me most in life (i.e., creativity, relationships, career, etc.) so as to not obsess over food and exercise. She taught me how to listen to my body - its hunger, its pain, its anxiety, its gifts and hints.
I've worked with personal trainers. I've attempted short-lived juice cleanses. I've tried high intensity home workouts. Nothing has come close to matching the long-term impact Renee has had on my health and well-being. Renee has helped me shift my mindset, as well as my relationship with food and my body, and I am eternally grateful to her for that.
–Paloma Aelyon | Storyteller | San Francisco, CA
"Renee's individualized, thoughtful approach to eating, body, and life has changed my life in these few short months."
When I first looked at Renee's website, I was worried about the holistic approach and was worried she'd make me do yoga. I just wanted to focus on the food. After over 4 months of working with her, however, I would recommend Renee to everyone! Many reviewers here have written very eloquently about their positive experiences, and my experience mirrors those. She did not make me do yoga, but a holistic approach was really what I (and I think all of us) need.
Renee's individualized, thoughtful approach to eating, body, and life has changed my life in these few short months. She is very generous with her time and our work was tailored to me and what I needed. This is not a diet and Renee doesn't try to sell you anything. It is more like therapy for how you approach food and body issues, as well as the rest of your life. I pretty much thought of her as my health and wellness coach. It has been hard work and like everything, you get out what you put in, but the reward is worth it.
I'm not going to say that 20 years of disordered eating is gone after 4 months of working with Renee, but I'm well on my way to an unencumbered relationship with food, and for that I am forever indebted to Renee. Please go see her, or at least have a free initial consultation and get a feel for her style and approach. You will not regret it!
–Meredith Z. | Environmental Consultant | Oakland, CA
"Renee was my Sacagawea on the 12-week journey to control my eating and drinking habits and bring more power back to my everyday life."
Renee was my Sacagawea on the 12-week journey to control my eating and drinking habits and bring more power back to my everyday life.
She was able to make wise connections on the fly between things that were going on in my life and the ideas that I had about them. A lot of these connections represented revelations that had the effect of diffusing chronic bad habits almost immediately--habits that I'd tried to break a thousand other ways before. As a result, I am absolutely more effective in my personal and professional life and I feel better in my body, too.
I reached most of my (many) goals and feel more balanced in my life. I also know myself better now, which makes all the difference when trying to make major changes.
One major breakthrough that Renee helped me through was to realize how sleep, or rather the lack of sleep, was having such a universal effect on me and my ability to both control unhealthy urges and identify unhealthy patterns of behavior. As we progressed, I made it a point to get more sleep and realized that a lot of the bad behavior went away. I also was better at noticing what was going on with me.
As a testament to the term "holistic" to describe her approach, we identified unhealthy communication patterns and internal storytelling that were leading to unsuccessful and often contentious work relationships. She armed me with some really useful tools to help me parse that stuff.
One thing I really liked about Renee's approach was that she actually does the work around your particular issues. She'll research things and dig into it, often giving very good tools and ideas to work with as a result.
I would unreservedly recommend her to anyone who feels they could use a wise guide to get to that place that they want to be. Whatever your path, she knows the terrain.
–Todd A. | Chief Creative Officer | San Francisco, CA
"The best gift I've given myself in quite a long time."
It has been over 4 months since my first session with Renee and I've so far lost 20 pounds by making changes that are easy for me to commit to and are sustainable. Thankfully, none of these changes included me going on a diet or depriving myself.
Renee is way more gifted than that.
She believes that hunger is not limited to what your stomach feels, so she worked with me to identify key areas in my life that needed nourishment. This was very valuable to me then and now and I believe it will continue to be so moving forward.
My sessions and exercises with Renee were always very introspective, challenging and intense yet I looked forward to each one. I walked away from each interaction with a little bit more hope, confidence, and clarity. Renee broke down my big challenges into little actionable items and in a timeline that worked for me.
The most valuable take-away I can share from my experience with Renee is knowing I didn't need to go very far in my journey to succeed and that I have everything I need to be healthier: I simply need to pause, look inward, and listen.
The opportunity to work with Renee is definitely the best gift I've given myself in quite a long time.
-Carlo Iyog | Workplace Developer + Photographer | San Francisco, CA
"To say that Renee is like having your own support system / champion / greatest cheerleader is putting it lightly."
Renee is one of the things that made 2014 such an impactful year for me. I have to believe that she crossed my path for a reason and I feel so blessed that I was able to work with her.
I met her at one of her Sugar Craving talks. I really liked what her talk was about and even though I knew quite a bit about fitness and nutrition, I thought it might be a good idea to meet with her. I scheduled the preliminary consultation and knew from that very first call that she was someone who would help me "see the light" about so many things.
To say that Renee is like having your own support system / champion / greatest cheerleader is putting it lightly... :)
It's hard to summarize all that I learned from Renee but I would say that I could lump it into these categories:
Nutrition: Learning about healthier eating -- incorporating greens into my diet on a regular basis and slowing down to enjoy my food. Non-distracted eating was the most helpful. I never realized how 'bad' I was with reading/texting while I was eating my meals.
Growth: The biggest area for change is seeing how much one can grow. My personal growth in the time since I met Renee has grown leaps and bounds. I never realized how much I had to work on until we began speaking. It's really been eye opening and the talks have helped so much.
Acceptance: Learning to accept reality as it is. Learning that one can love themselves even if their shape is not ideal. No more "should have's." I live in "I should have" and wasn't even aware until she pointed it out. I really never could come to a place of acceptance had I not realized what had been holding me back.
Thanks to Renee and this year of growth, I seem to be happier and more at peace. Maybe I'm still not at my ideal weight but at least I'm starting to be in a place of acceptance. I've gained so much more that it would be fine to stay the same weight with the knowledge and understanding I have now.
You are so much more empowered knowing about acceptance, self-compassion, and incorporating gratitude into your daily life that I wouldn't trade that for a few pounds.
–Jamie | HR Professional | San Francisco, CA
"Oh my lord.
I feel completely awesome in my body now!"
Oh my lord. I feel COMPLETELY AWESOME in my body now! I don’t think my weight has changed much, but the way I’m carrying it and enjoying it is the major change. I look forward to getting up, exercising, and getting dressed!
I feel more energetic and CONFIDENT! feel more balanced and have the ability to strategize my time more efficiently. I’ve learned to not bite off more than I can chew (literally and figuratively). My stress level has diminished considerably. I’m in a realistically more positive mood. It’s not a surface happiness, it’s radiating from within.
I have noticed a distinct drop in cravings. When I do have one, I take the sacred pause and ask myself why I want that particular “thing.” If I do give in, I don’t carry guilt. This is another HUGE take-away from our work together.
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
"Her holistic approach has positively affected my career, relationships, spirituality, work-life balance and home environment."
Renee is such a rock star! I worked with her for about a year on a nutrition plan that would support my health changes. She supported me as I had to move to a gluten-free diet and beyond that she guided me to address a lot of holistic health and well-being issues.
She is one of the most approachable, caring professionals I have ever met. She loves what she does and you can see that in her commitment, knowledge and ability to receive the client every time in a deep way. She balances the science, and has a very holistic approach to her practice beyond pure nutrition. She made it feel simple while complex and was there for me every time I needed support and guidance.
What I got out of the experience:
Healthy food choices to support overall health and special dietary needs. Cooking tips and targeted weekly grocery shopping list have supported my overall health in a way I though was not possible (I wish I would have taken a before and after picture of my fridge and could post it here).
I have completely changed my cooking and eating out/travel meal habits to support my optimal health.
All this has had very positive affect on my energy, mood and even relationships (now people around me are excited to try new things and support me on this journey while getting benefits from it through my cooking).
Renee supported me in looking at all aspects of my life beyond pure nutrition. Her holistic approach has positively affected my career, relationships, spirituality, work-life balance and home environment.