Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Gluten Free Health Challenge: Meet Sarah Dochow, Team Gratitude

Yesterday, you met Georgianna Dolan-Reilly, licensed social worker and gluten free lifestyle coach.
Today, meet Sarah Dochow, Health Coach for Team Gratitude.

Sarah Dochow, MS, CN, LMHCA, has been helping people create changes in their lives for over a decade. She has masters degrees in both nutrition and clinical healthy psychology from Bastyr University, and currently works as a Youth and Family Counselor for Youth Eastside Services and as a Clinical Family Nutritionist for Vital Kids Medicine. She uses a collaborative, engaging, and mindfulness based approach to help clients create healthy relationships with food, body, self and others. She enjoys being silly with her children, finding new ways to cook green vegetables, hiking the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and dreaming of traveling abroad. 

Want to know more about Sarah? Here's how she answered my questions:

What's your go-to gluten free meal for nights when you're tired and need something easy? With two kiddos running around during dinner prep, I almost always need something easy to prepare that will be a hit. We love make-your-own omelet night around here, and a big pot of curried lentil soup with brown rice comes together easily. 

Favorite dessert? That's an easy one! My favorite dessert is cheesecake followed by a close second of crème brûlée. Luckily, these are both pretty easy to make gluten free.

Favorite vegetable? Why is it so much more difficult to pick my favorite vegetable than my favorite dessert? I grew up not liking too many vegetables but, as an adult, have learned to appreciate the multitude of flavors in the vegetable kingdom. Lately, I've been really enjoying greens with a spicy kick, especially kale, broccoli, and brussels sprouts.

Any tips for gluten free newbies? Start by making a list of all of the foods you already love that are gluten free naturally. Sometimes when I focus only on what I can't have, it makes something seem so much more gloomy. 

What's the one thing you know now that you wish you had known when you first went gluten free? I wish I had known about The Daily Dietribe! Being able to find tried-and-true, delicious, and healthy recipes is so important.  

If you are what you eat, what would you be? I'd like to change that saying to, "you are *HOW* you eat." When I eat, I aim to be kind to myself, flexible with my choices, open to new experiences, nurturing to myself and family, and full of gratitude. 

What is the most common struggle you see when people come to you for nutrition advice? Shame. There is so much shame about what we eat that it often takes some time to convince people that I'm not going to judge them and continue the cultural shame that often accompanies food choices.

Learn more about working with Sarah on her website, Nurture Nutrition.
Follow Sarah on Facebook

Tomorrow, meet the coach behind Team Chocolate.


wildflowers said...

Sarah, do you know how odd it is to see you featured on a blog post? So cool to see you on here.

Peggy said...

I am so very proud of my little girl--Sarah you are amazing the work you are doing! You have worked hard, and it shows!


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