EXPERIENCE & TESTIMONIALS
– Experience –
Bachelor of Science in Food Science & Human Nutrition
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006-2010)
STRONG Kids Project Research Assistant
Multidisciplinary Research Approach to Childhood Obesity
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2008-2010)
Research & Development Assistant
Food Security & Agricultural Development
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sierra Leone, Africa (2009-2010)
In Need of Nutrition Founder
One-on-One & Group Nutrition Practice
Sponsored Programming for Low Budget/Income Communities
Boston, MA (2016 – Present)
– Testimonials –
I love receiving such kind words from my clients! Take a look at what they have to say after working with me 🙂
“Steven is a smart, enthusiastic, knowledgable nutritionist with great people skills. I always knew that I was in good hands with him. He taught me that healthy food does not have to be boring or repetitive. I really enjoyed working with him to become healthier. I feel confident recommending him to anyone.”
– Elaine P. (71)
“Steven has improved my life significantly. He is professional, knowledgeable, and down to earth. He emanates positivity and personally connects with those he comes in contact with. He is genuinely passionate about his work as a nutritionist and it truly shines through when you’re able to witness or experience his empathy and compassion towards each of his clients.”
– Erin H. (28)
*This next one is lengthy, but very special to me. This client made the biggest transformation I’ve seen so far in my career – I’m extremely proud of him! It is especially motivating for anyone struggling with Type 2 Diabetes.
“I was always a big guy, even as kid, but was able to cope with it because I was still young and active. Once I reached my late 30’s and early 40’s this was no longer the case and I became very lethargic. I noticed my metabolism slowing down and I started to gain weight consistently. I had no idea how poor my diet and lifestyle habits were.
My typical day would start with a coffee in the morning and I would not eat again until 6 or 7 o’clock that evening. By dinner time, I was so hungry I would gorge myself on foods like pepperoni pizza with fries; all washed down with a liter of soda. Although this is not good to do in your 20’s, my body managed, and I still had a normal amount of energy. Shortly into my 40’s, my cholesterol skyrocketed and my health began to decline. I was constantly sick and had to rely on asthma inhalers more often.
In the Spring of 2016 my body finally had enough of the abuse and I ended up in the hospital with a 409 blood sugar and 12.7 A1C – I was officially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and had neuropathy in my arms and legs; my eye sight even began to fail! My doctor warned me for years that this would eventually happen if I didn’t address it. Ending up in the hospital was a major wake up call for me.
I remember lying awake in the hospital with tubes hanging out of my arms and nurses poking my fingers every couple of hours to do blood tests. I kept asking myself why I didn’t listen to my doctor?! I was worried it was too late for change and I would experience severe liver, kidney, and nerve damage. I decided it was time to fix this and I was determined to do whatever it took to make me healthy!
When I got home from the hospital, I sought the help of Steven, a nutritionist and family friend. He is not only degree-certified, he has personal experience with being over weight. He not only agreed to help me, but he did it with excitement! Over the next few months he took me to school by educating me on what nutrition is and how different foods affect your body. I quickly learned why certain foods are better than others, and why it’s important to have a diversified diet. He also taught me about nutrition labels, macronutrients, supplements (and why we don’t need them all the time), portion control, meal planning, and how to have a positive attitude during this major transition.
Steven helped me understand why moderation is key and deprivation is not. For example, it’s ok to have a piece of chocolate cake, but not every day and it must be balanced into my diet. He helped me to maintain a healthy weight while still having the occasional piece of pizza (with a salad of course). Steven even came to my house and taught me basic cooking skills, which I severely lacked. Now I enjoy cooking and experimenting with different foods!
Because of Steven I learned basic nutrition and how to live a healthier lifestyle that is sustainable. I don’t feel deprived of great foods I’ve just learned how to manage them properly. By getting my weight under control, I managed to get my life under control. I no longer get sick as often and I don’t have to rely on my inhaler so heavily. My energy is better than ever and I attempt to workout every day (something else I never did before Steven’s support). At the end of the day I was 283 lbs with low energy, a bad attitude, and poor habits. Today I am 220 lbs with high energy, a positive attitude, and great lifestyle habits. Steven did an excellent job supplying me with priceless knowledge that made me a happier, healthier person. I HIGHLY recommend working with him.”
– Brian W. (43)