Testimonials

Nutrition Counseling

As . . . . a person that struggles with weight and eating issues I decided to invest in myself by meeting with Katie and developing actions and goals that would help me make “the right choice” in fueling my mind and soul. It was an eye opening experience, simple little changes in my eating habits, homework and eating the right foods. What impressed me is that Katie, first listens to your problems and frustrations and then shows you combinations of food that will work for you; not against you. I left my first appointment in smiles, as she showed me ways to incorporate protein daily in my meal plan; not only that but she was excited as well. Foods I could not eat…..I was given plans to eat these foods for success. Katie checks in with you throughout the weeks, sends you recipes etc…. She is the first dietician I have met that LISTENED, CARED and was my partner. I would recommend Katie to anyone that struggles with energy, diet and over all wellness. She is a dynamic young professional woman and cares about YOU, the individual. Make an investment in yourself! ~ Kathy Kane

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After struggling with poor eating habits and weight fluctuations for over a year, I finally feel that I am back on track thanks to my nutrition counseling with Katie. She put a lot of time and effort into helping me find and maintain a healthy lifestyle by helping me discover why I turned to food when I was bored and lonely and then from there, giving me the information I needed to fuel my body in the best possible way. Not only do I feel more knowledgeable on how to optimize my health with food and exercise, but Katie has also provided me with the tools necessary to continue my healthy lifestyle throughout my life, even if I get off track once in a while. She was very thorough in all of our meetings, and always showed me the positive side to overcome my pitfalls, which helped me stay motivated to get where I wanted to be. Katie has given me so much information, which has truly helped me get back on track to be more satisfied with life and has helped me get back to eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle. I have been staying busy, and my healthy eating has become almost second nature by now. I am very grateful for the exceptional service Katie has provided me with, and I recommend her services to anyone struggling with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. ~ Caitlin

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Before I became a client of Katie’s, I had tried all of the time I reverted to my old ways and gained all the weight back. I have been a client of Katie Jeffrey for 6 months. Katie has not only been supportive in understanding my needs but has helped tailor my nutritional goals to my individual lifestyle. During this time, Katie has made me aware of my pitfalls and how to deal with them, transformed some of my favorite family recipes into healthier versions, and explained how to analyze food labels. I have lost 10 pounds but more importantly I believe that I have learned the skills to change my way of life so that my weight loss can become permanent. I would highly recommend Katie’s services to anyone who seeks to improve their overall nutrition and healthy life style. ~ Jan, Pawcatuck, CT

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When you work long hours and live alone, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of fast-food and takeout. It’s not very healthy, and it’s expensive. I always wanted to stay in shape and eat sensibly. But I didn’t know where to start, or how to sustain a balanced diet. I first met Katie when my company sponsored one of her great nutrition seminars. My co-workers and I were impressed with her ability to explain everyday nutrition in a clear way. And I’m glad I made the decision to continue one-on-one counseling with her. At our first meeting, we took inventory of my eating and exercise habits. I told her I’m not a great cook, and often come home late. We worked together over the next few weeks to establish a diet that was balanced, varied and most importantly, easy to maintain. Katie has introduced me to some great new food choices, and figured out ways to substitute healthy alternatives into my meals. She goes out of her way to answer all my questions, and always follows up to make sure I’m making healthy decisions! Katie is very good at her job. She helps you define your objectives and then works with you to achieve them one step at a time. She is extremely knowledgeable of the science behind the nutrition. And she will help you develop a personalized nutrition plan that complements your goals, schedule and abilities. I have made some fundamental changes in my eating habits over the past six months. I am proud that I managed to do so, and grateful to Katie for showing me how easy (and tasty) a healthy lifestyle can be. ~Massimo, Mystic, CT

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My husband & I saw Katie because we needed help developing a healthy life-style that worked for the both of us & our hectic schedules. The challenge was that our dietary needs were very different. I was more calorie conscious & easily gaining weight while my husband had to watch his sugars as he was diagnosed with diabetes but also needed ample calories. Although we thought we were nutrition savvy, we learned more than ever from Katie. Katie developed individual plans for each of us & reviewed them thoroughly. We began right away clearing out our pantry & have since been eating whole foods, have cut out most low/fat, no fat foods & have replenished with whole foods with minimal additives & preservatives. My husband’s sugars have stabilized for several months & I have lost 12 pounds. She gave us several recipe ideas which work great for the both of us. She also gave us exercise recommendations on top of what we were already doing which was hugely beneficial. Katie is very knowledgeable, motivating & a true delight to work with. We highly recommend others to utilize her for nutrition advice &/or to develop a healthy life-style that works for you.~ Crystal & Eric, RI

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I love my classes with Katie! Katie has helped me develop healthy, lifestyle eating habits. Her sessions are geared to my specific nutritional needs. Katie is up to date on nutritional science. Through e-mails Katie always gives me positive feedback after an appointment. I have lost 25 pounds and maintained this weight since our meetings. Katie has given me strategies to make life changes in my diet. I look and feel terrific! ~Sue, Mystic, CT

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Katie,

I wanted to thank you again for taking time to educate our agency on the importance on healthy lifestyle choices. The hallways have been buzzing with positive comments and lessons learned from the healthy inspiration you provided to so many people.

You are a fabulous speaker and well versed in nutrition. I’m so glad you do what you do, because you do it so well!

All the best, Steph

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Hi, Katie, I feel that our sessions have been very helpful and plan to continue with the work that we’ve done. Thank you for all your help! ~ Mia

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After struggling with poor eating habits and weight fluctuations for over a year, I finally feel that I am back on track thanks to my nutrition counseling with Katie. She put a lot of time and effort into helping me find and maintain a healthy lifestyle by helping me discover why I turned to food when I was bored and lonely and then from there, giving me the information I needed to fuel my body in the best possible way. Not only do I feel more knowledgeable on how to optimize my health with food and exercise, but Katie has also provided me with the tools necessary to continue my healthy lifestyle throughout my life, even if I get off track once in a while. She was very thorough in all of our meetings, and always showed me the positive side to overcome my pitfalls, which helped me stay motivated to get where I wanted to be. Katie has given me so much information, which has truly helped me get back on track to be more satisfied with life and has helped me get back to eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle. I have been staying busy, and my healthy eating has become almost second nature by now. I am very grateful for the exceptional service Katie has provided me with, and I recommend her services to anyone struggling with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. ~ Caitlin

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When I first met Katie, one and a half years ago, I was struggling with stomach issues and unintentional weight loss. At our first meeting I quickly realized that I had found a person who really cared about helping me find a way to get well. She carefully listened to my story of the many doctors’ visits without results. I had been diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). But after many tests, no doctor could guide me back to the healthy person I once was.

Katie worked with me to find a diet that would help to “give my gut” a break and to begin to gain back weight and energy. At each session she helped me set goals regarding diet and exercise. The encouragement Katie gave me also played a huge role in keeping me pointed in the right direction while fighting off depression.

Today, using the “FODMAP” diet recommended by a gastroenterologist specialist, I have a happy stomach. I am starting to feel much better and am gaining back weight and energy. Katie embraced the approach, and we continue to work together as I am steadily returning to good health.

I would recommend Katie to any person who is in need of a nutritionist who really cares and listens to your particular problems. She is a solid professional in her field and will work with you to find the answers you need to best solve your issues.

Katie, “THANK YOU” for your guidance and friendship.

~ Doug

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Hi Katie,

Thanks for sending the info that we talked about this morning. Earle and I were very impressed with you and all the advice that you shared with me.

I must say it was a fun visit too. Thanks! ~ Ann

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Sports Performance Counseling

We just finished our season yesterday and it went great. We won a Big East match against Villanova and that had not happened since 2001. I also set a school record of winning more matches as number one in a season.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help throughout the semester! I did not have a single cramp and last semester I cramped like almost every match. Your help was great and I could not have done it without you and your ideas. Thanks again.

Sincerely, Mari (collegiate tennis player)

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Nutrition is a vital component for reaching optimal performance in any sport. As an endurance athlete, hours of training mean nothing without properly fueling the body. After working with Katie this past summer I was able to reach all of my training and racing goals as well as be at my lightest racing weight ever. This was also the first season of my life that I completed without one illness! I have no doubt that the nutritional plan that Katie established for me was an integral part of my success this past season. ~ Ben, Cyclist

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Katie was incredibly friendly and helpful, and I learned a huge amount in just a few sessions. I’d been worried about how to maintain a healthy weight as an athlete, and she taught me exactly what I needed to know—I saw a big improvement in my running during the season after I started meeting with her. ~ Victoria, High School Cross Country Captain

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. . . . thank you for all your help. I am definitely feeling better, more energized, less drained and the way I am eating is fueling me to work harder in my workouts (and keep up with my dog — it has been terrific hiking weather!)

I can’t wait for our next appointment. . . . ~ Kate

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My Journey

I am a senior in college, I just finished playing my last season of Division I soccer, and I am the eighth child in a family of eleven kids, all collegiate athletes. It was the end of my sophomore year of college when I finally accepted that I have been engaged in a full-blown eating disorder for one whole year, and I accepted that I was bulimic. I knew that I had to live a healthy lifestyle if I wanted any chance of reaching my full potential as an athlete, and I knew that bulimia was not the way, but I could not dig myself out of this hole on my own. So I began to seek help, and it was my junior year of college when I found Katie Jeffrey.

Looking back, I can see that many of my bulimic triggers came from the pressures within my family to be fit, my team to be skinny, and myself to show others I was an all-star athlete by the way that I looked. Basically, my appearance meant everything to me, and skinniness was my happiness. I needed to achieve this goal because my logic told me that I deserved to be happy because of all the hard work that I’ve put in throughout the years, so I deserved to have flat abs and be skinny. During my sophomore year I was so committed to attaining this goal that I was willing to go to extreme measures. I began restricting my meals, excluding all snacks, and ultimately substituting my meals for snacks. Any time I felt “full” I purged. My off season-workouts after my soccer season transitioned into long distance runs, which ultimately were not nearly the most beneficial kind of training for my sport. After three months of this constant strain on my body I could not follow my strict schedule any longer, and I slowly began to “give in”. Because off-season training for soccer had begun, its irregular workout schedule set me off because I was unsure about how many calories I was actually burning. The stress from this discomfort caused my meals to grow larger because I used food as a comforter. From there, my feelings of fullness became more frequent and more irritable, and so I gave myself no choice but to purge. Before I knew it, binging and purging became a routine that I could not get myself out of. Every day felt like a failure to me because I could no longer restrain myself from binge eating, and my only coping technique was self-induced vomiting. The summer after my sophomore year I had been taken over by feelings of failure and defeat and I needed help.

Fortunately, in my junior year with the help of my school, Katie Jeffrey came to speak to all of the athletes. She spoke about health and nutrition, and how you can use those tools to reach your optimal athletic performance. I chose to meet Katie after her presentation, and we began to meet regularly ever since. Katie proved to be well educated in health and nutrition, and she taught me many facts about certain foods and food groups, and how they affect your athletic performance as a whole. I left every meeting with Katie feeling more knowledgeable and more confident that I had the proper skills to recover from my dominant eating disorder. Katie taught me how to interpret hunger and fullness cues, and how to use your body to understand when it’s appropriate to eat, how much to eat, and when it’s appropriate to stop. I learned that every day is different with regards to how hungry you are and how much you eat, and that is normal. Katie provided me with a variety of techniques I could use to avoid binging episodes, and a variety of outlets to calm my temptations to purge. She also provided me with a multitude of balanced plates for meals and snacks that were customized to my personal preferences and comforts with food. Katie and I also set goals together during each appointment. As an athlete I am a goal-driven person, so setting goals was something that attracted me to continue working with Katie. During our meetings, we would review my previous week’s goals and gauge how I was doing with them. Then, we worked together to make clear-cut goals for the following week. Katie always sent me a follow-up email in a timely fashion that de-briefed our meeting and the goals we set ahead. I always appreciated this email because it gave me a visual for something to look back on and reminded me of what I needed to do and how to get there. Of course, all of these skills Katie taught me took a lot of practice to consistently implement them, but Katie was always positive and patient with me. With Katie on my support team, being specialized with student-athletes, I was confident that I had the potential to recover from my eating disorder in good time.

After one year of working with such a supportive team of doctors, therapists, and dietitians, I am happy to say that I am in the final stages of my recovery with bulimia. Right now, I am at a place where I love my body and my life. I have found a balance between the material goods in my life, and I understand that balance is a key component to a healthy lifestyle. Food and exercise are no longer intimidating for me, and I feel comfortable in many different social settings with food, drink, and physical activity. I truly understand that everyone is different in their own unique and beautiful way; yet, everyone is to be loved, not only by others, but also by themselves. If I were to give one piece of advice that I have learned throughout my experiences, it would be to gain the confidence to love yourself no matter how you look. Put the thoughts of others outside of your mind because you cannot control them and you do not know their personal stories the same way they do not know yours. Focus on how you want to live your life in peace and harmony, and do it.

~ Mary, Collegiate Soccer Player

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Sports Nutrition Presentations

Hi Katie! . . . . thank you very much for doing the presentation. I haven’t had a chance to talk to many of the players but the ones that I did, said they really liked it and it was a lot better than some other “alcohol” related talks. So, thank you!! Thanks! ~ Diane, Providence College Coach

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Hi Katie,

Thank you for meeting with our team. Without question you can see the girls really trying to eat for success. Also we are providing sports drinks during practice and I feel that it is having a positive impact even though the girls have not mentioned anything about it so no news is good news in this case I feel.

Thank you again for making time for us twice and really having an impact on all of us.

 

Sincerely yours,

 

Bob

 

Bob Deraney

Head Coach

Providence College

Women’s Ice Hockey