So, what is Flexible Dieting?
Here at No Bull Nutrition we specialize in flexible dieting (also known as if it fits your macros or counting macros). This method is simply the counting and tracking of your protein, carb, and fat intake to achieve a given body composition goal. Rather than the typical counting of calories, flexible dieting takes it a step further and tracks specific protein, carb, and fat goals customized to meet your needs for each given day. This allows for you to embrace the fact that there are no miracle weight loss foods, no good vs bad foods, only macronutrient ratios. In order to maintain your overall health, however, we encourage all of our clients to follow an 80/20 rule which states that 80% of the foods you intake will come from nutrient dense foods where as 20% can come from any treat of your choice. This way of eating is:
- Effective- calories in vs calories out is scientifically proven to aid in weight loss or muscle gain
- Flexible- eat what you want and eliminate food deprivations
- Sustainable- drop the diet/ binge cycle for good!
Meet Your Coaches
During my younger years I was always playing sports. Growing up my main sport of choice was soccer. In high school, I was on my way to playing in college when a freak incident left me with numerous torn ligaments in my knee. I was required to have reconstructive surgery and hours of rehab. Just when I thought I was on my way to playing soccer again, six months later I ended up tearing them all over again for a second time. During this long period of inactivity, I found myself starting to gain weight. Gaining weight and no longer able to play soccer, I began to become trapped in this deep pit of depression. I continued to struggle for 5 more years. I was inactive, depressed, and unhealthy. It wasn’t until I went to college that I decided enough was enough. A friend of mine introduced me to CrossFit and I was instantly hooked. CrossFit had such an impact on my life that I ended up switching majors from Nursing to Exercise Science. I began personal training and ultimately engulfed myself into the world of fitness. I graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in Exercise Science and began to pursue a career as a CrossFit coach. I acquired several certifications including: CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Kids Coach, CrossFit Gymnastics Coach, CrossFit Mobility Instructor, and USAW Sports Performance Coach. Currently I work full time as a CrossFit Coach to help others find their passion for health and fitness the same way I have. In addition to my career as a coach, I am also pursuing a Master’s degree in applied nutrition.
So this all lead me to the present. I started this business with essentially zero intention of starting a business. For years I tried several different “diets” and nothing seemed to stick. I would lose weight and as soon as the diet ended all of the weight would pile back on. Then suddenly the day came when I became desperate to lose weight. I had a weightlifting meet I was preparing for and I knew I needed to drop a weight class in order to potentially qualify for the American Open. I felt like I was out of options and out of time. I knew this time around I didn’t want to just cut the weight, I wanted to keep it off for good. As a last resort, I decided to try flexible dieting. I was extremely hesitant at first. Learning I was able to essentially eat whatever I wanted as long as it “fit my macros” seemed ridiculous. I instantly thought this was a scam. It turned out however that flexible dieting, aka counting macros, was the only method that actually worked for me and was a long term solution. Since there are no restrictions to this method of eating, I found that I could still maintain a social life. I no longer had to be the weirdo at the party that couldn’t have a slice of cake! Knowing I could eat a donut or have a handful of goldfish yet still get lean, felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Suddenly, I was free from the guilt of indulgence!! Once I started to have success with flexible dieting people began to notice. They started asking me if I could help them lose weight the same way I did. It started with one person and then ultimately ended up growing to many. I ultimately decided to start No Bull Nutrition as a means to help others that are struggling the same way I did for years. This is no bull. You can finally have your cake and eat it too. Literally.
- CrossFit Level II
- Nutrition Together Instructor
- Bachelor’s in Exercise Science
- Fitness Together Personal Trainer
- CrossFit Mobility Instructor
- CrossFit Gymnastics Instructor
- CrossFit Kid’s Trainer
- USAW Level I Sports Performance Coach
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been moving around. My mom would constantly be having heart attacks because she would come home and I would be hanging upside down from the banisters. So needless to say, I have been active and doing sports from a very young age. A lifelong swimmer, I really found my niche in competitive cheerleading. While I was addicted to the long practices and grueling conditioning sessions, it was very hard on my body. In one year, I had to have two surgeries to repair my left knee, in addition to blowing out my right knee mid competition the next year. Needless to say college cheerleading was off the table. During college I laid off sports a bit, and definitely laid on the late night fried meals. I know I didn’t feel great, and I wasn’t super pleased with the way I looked or the weight I put on (especially being so active in high school) but I just wasn’t quite sure how to go about changing that.
Fast- forward to my senior year of college and a friend introduced me to Crossfit. I immediately fell in love. Not since competitive cheer did I have something that challenged me so much mentally and physically, and I was immediately addicted. I knew pretty soon into doing Crossfit, around the time I started competing, that I needed to change my relationship with food so that I could optimize my performance. In comes Steph and No Bull Nutrition. She completely changed the way I see food, and that I could still eat things I enjoyed, but I could also use food to transform my body into a well oiled, lean mean Crossfit machine. Through my own personal nutrition journey, I also discovered how many people were in the same boat as me- they knew they weren’t exactly happy with where they are, but are unsure of how to get to where they need to me. My ultimate goal is to be able to help other people feel better about themselves, and really be able to have a healthy relationship with food. I want people to be able to find the healthy balance between working to reach their goals, and doing it in a healthy way.
- Crossfit Level I
- Precision Nutrition PN1
- ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition