I've been honored 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.
“I used to stress about food all the time and now I hardly think about it. I feel like a big weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.”
My relationship with food is much healthier than it used to be!
I no longer constantly think about food and my next meal and stress if I’m eating “healthy.” I allow myself to eat everything that I like. I don’t have food guilt anymore because no food is off limits.
I listen to my body more, pause when making food and drink choices, and try my best to honor my hunger and fullness levels.
Now that I’m allowed to eat anything I want, my cravings have mostly disappeared. If I do have a craving, I feel like I don’t eat as much of it as I used to.
I’m not as tempted to eat something that is out in front of me or in the common areas just because it’s there. I used to think I needed to eat it since I wasn’t sure when I would be able to eat it again. If there was cake at work, I would usually have multiple slices but now I can go without having any or I can just have one slice and be satisfied. Now that I know I can eat it again whenever I want, I don’t need so much this time.
Since I don’t obsess over food anymore, it’s not constantly on my mind, which has allowed me to focus my energy on other things, like work, relationships and being active. I feel like I’m less cranky and irritable as well.
I used to stress about food all the time and now I hardly think about it. I feel like a big weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.
–Natalie F. | Business Development Manager | San Francisco, CA
“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.
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
“I no longer have to believe those food guilt thoughts and that is F-R-E-E-D-O-M!”
I’m no longer searching for the “answer” to the perfect way to eat. I don’t stress about how I eat because it isn’t that big of a deal anymore.
I can trust my body to tell me when I’m hungry and when I’m full, but I can also trust it to support me even when I don’t honor it “perfectly.” I attribute this to 1) full unconditional permission to eat whatever I want, whenever I want, however much I want without judgement and 2) not believing all of my thought patterns which had previously kept me trapped for so long.
My outlook on food, exercise, and my emotions has improved exponentially. Knowing that I can move on so much quicker after eating has been one of the greatest takeaways. I no longer have to believe those food guilt thoughts and that is F-R-E-E-D-O-M!
–Molly L. | Student | San Francisco, CA
“It feels like a giant weight has been lifted and I can breathe again.”
I contacted Renee about a year ago after gaining 40 pounds in the span of a year. I hated my body and felt so uncomfortable in my own skin. I was depressed and had a toxic relationship with food.
After working with Renee for a year, I have become so much healthier and happier. The change is so stark that my family and friends have noticed and commented on how much more positive and whole I have become.
The best part about working with Renee is how informative she is. She explained concepts to help me understand the bigger picture and gave me tools that will continue to help me moving forward.
The changes Renee helped me make were NOT superficial or unattainable. Instead, she helped me seek out the root of my problems with food and eating and helped me set attainable goals. Meaning that the changes I made with Renee are truly meaningful and lasting.
After working with Renee, it feels like a giant weight has been lifted and I can breathe again. I have a much better relationship with food and with my body because of the work we did together.
–Rebecca | Student | Davis, CA
“I no longer have intense cravings because I’m giving my body what it needs versus depriving it then bingeing on random stuff.”
Practicing Intuitive Eating has changed my life in so many ways!
Working through my “food rules” and becoming aware of my habits and anxiety helped me realize how much stress I brought to every meal. This work really taught me how closely the mind and stomach are connected and helped me see the role anxiety was playing in my digestion.
What a freeing feeling to know that there are no such things as bad foods! I’ve learned to listen to my body and let it help guide my food choices. I now look forward to going out to eat and trust that I will make food decisions based on what I need.
I’ve been able to recognize certain comfort foods that I know will make me feel good and know that if I overindulge (which happens!), I’m not falling off the wagon. I no longer have intense cravings because I’m giving my body what it needs versus depriving it then bingeing on random stuff.
Throughout this process, I’ve become so grateful for my body and what it can do. I’ve started to practice kindness, patience and acceptance, and OMG, I’ve been so surprised by the strength and power of this body of mine. Instead of having rigid workout expectations, I now try to incorporate joyful movement into my life—checking in with my body to see what it needs.
I feel so much more grounded and empowered, and have a better sense of self. I am more aware of who I am, what I want and what I need. This has been an incredible journey! My experience far exceeded my goals and expectations.
–Natalie S. | Diversity + Inclusion Associate | San Francisco, CA
“Renee has helped me break my lifelong cycle of dieting. 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. 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.
My digestion has improved and my skin and hair feel and look healthier. I no longer have afternoon 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 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 am much more appreciative of my body and want to reward it rather than deprive it.”
When I had my first session with Renee, I was in a dark place. I thought there was no option but to remain there. Slowly but surely with Renee’s guidance, she helped me out of this sad state and pushed me into a life I didn’t even know I was capable of living. Now, I am more relaxed than ever and it is all due to the tools she taught me.
I am way more flexible with my eating in all ways. This has allowed me to let loose in other aspects of my life. I have more energy to live life and have less social anxiety since I’m less caught up in my appearance.
Intuitive Eating was something foreign to me and now I have fully embraced the practice. Being mindful and intuitive has pushed me into such a happy place.
I am much more appreciative of my body and want to reward it rather than deprive it. I am more patient and can look in the mirror with compassion and hope knowing that I will get through the low points. There is always a light now, whereas I never saw one before.
Whether you are in need of some small help or big, she will give you what is needed to find peace within your mind, body and soul.
–Annie W. | Designer | 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. I'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.
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
“I learned healthy life practices that have shaped my relationship with food and my body.”
Just do it! There's so much to gain from working with Renee.
When I started to work with Renee, I was working non-stop, completely stressed, out-of-balance and depleted. I knew I needed support and she was the perfect wellness coach to help pull me out of it. Her approach is personal, authentic and I learned healthy life practices that have shaped my relationship with food and my body.
Over the course of working together, she helped me achieve the goals I set which included reduced stress/anxiety, better sleep, food self-awareness and intuitive eating, more physical (and enjoyable) movement, improved digestion and a healthier relationship with my body. I learned to ignore all the diet fads since they don't work and take a more profound approach to my health–which, for me, started with tackling stress to prioritize self-care.
I'm so glad I found Renee!
–Shanna L. | Senior Director | San Francisco
“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.”
Renee 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.”
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 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.