Hi there, sister!
I’m Katie Massman, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Exercise Physiologist, and Mom based in Clarksville, Tennessee. It’s my passion to help women utilitze nutrition to nourish their mind and body. But not by giving them more rules to follow. I think our society gives us enough rules and expectations, don’t you?
I think food is a love language and beautiful gift. Yet, these days there’s so much fear and guilt surrounding it. It’s not fair. We should all get to enjoy our favorite dessert without worry what’s going to happen to our bodies.
So how did I get here?
Well, it wasn’t until I was already in college pursuing a degree in exercise science that I realized I wanted to be a dietitian. I was taking a sports nutrition class and it became clear what I was supposed to do with my life. Still, I finished the exercise science degree and became a Certified Exercise Physiologist.
During childhood, I was exposed to the affects of nutrition and exercise when my sister suffered with metabolism issues after a brain tumor. I saw how dieting can affect physical and mental health.
Fast forward three years (two in school and one in internship), and I became the employee wellness dietitian for a school system in Tennessee. Since then I’ve worked with hundreds of women (and men) with various conditions and circumstances. I’ve seen how nutrition can affect health for the better. I’ve also seen how our fat-phobic society’s obesession with beauty encourages restrictive diets, poor body image, and disordered eating. We are all so desparate to be loved, accepted and respected. Everyone deserves this.
During my time in employee wellness, I was able to work with many women with PCOS. Most had no idea nutrition could help them, were given the very poor advice to just “lose weight”, and many were just plain stuck in the dieting cycle trying to combat their bodies. Some had the symptoms, but never a diagnosis–all too common, as well.
I began learning all that I could about PCOS, as well as intuitive eating. These women needed help, and I wanted to be there for them. I shared what I learned continously and many of these women found relief in different ways.
The cool thing was that I was able to implement this new information for myself as well– because I, too, have PCOS. I’ve likely had it since high school, but the only advice I was ever given was lose weight (tried) and take birth control (didn’t try). This took me through a few years of disordered eating habits, that definitely caused more stress than anything. But I got out!
How did I do this?
I’d read about intuitive eating years ago (the book was a graduation gift from a professor, Dr. Bird). And although I knew the principles, I decided to actually practice it. I began trusting my body to tell me what it needs and wants (God made our bodies so incredibly amazing!), and acting on it. I began to reject diet culture and food rules. I added these things to the nutrition knowledge I already had and am continually finding a way of eating that fits my body and lifestyle as a working mom. I can help YOU do this, too!
So happy to have you here!
Katie Massman, RDN