My name is Megan Perez. I am a Registered Dietitian living in South Florida. I have spent my career conducting nutritional assessments and providing education in a wide variety of clinical settings. These experiences allowed me to become knowledgeable and insightful into numerous acute and chronic conditions. My education began at Ohio State University where I graduated with a degree in nutrition and community health. I then moved to Florida to complete a Master’s degree in dietetics and nutrition. After years of practice, I learned that school alone did not prepare me to truly help clients overcome their struggles.
After spending my high school years as an athlete eating anything I desired, I headed off to college where I inevitably gained the “freshmen fifteen”. Throughout college, I developed unhealthy eating behaviors, as well as negative body image and poor self-confidence. I disliked my body and appearance more and more. I never felt "enough," whether that was skinny enough, pretty enough, or strong enough. This resulted in dieting and food restriction throughout the week. I desperately believed this to be a solution to my problems. Unsurprisingly, the dieting would not work, and I would overcompensate on the weekends, which lead to an endless cycle of guilt. It took me several years to get to the root of my eating patterns. Once I began to discover the "why" behind the patterns, I was able to hone in on these feelings and work on small but lasting changes. What resulted was pretty magical. Today, I find myself able to better manage my stress, and replaced the time I normally spent thinking about food to actually living my life. I am able to focus on my relationships and my passions, but also on my health and well-being. Everyone deserves to find food freedom. To follow my dream of helping others to live their fullest life possible, I decided to open my own practice.
This practice is the result of my desire to help you live your healthiest and most FULL-filling life. My definition of healthy may be atypical. By living healthy, I want you to feel your best; to increase your energy levels, mood, and motivation; to glow on the inside and outside; and to break free from negative thoughts about yourself, about food, and about exercise. I believe a full life includes real food, real relationships, and real experiences. There is always room for mindful indulgences, and never a need for guilt or shame.
My mission is to empower you to let go of perfectionism with food and your body, and start living a life full of love, success, and happiness. My goal is to help you ditch the diets and to eat based on your unique wants and needs; not anyone else's. By working with me, you will learn how to respect and nourish your body. You will also learn how to listen to your body, to tune in to your hunger cues, and to eat and move intuitively. Most importantly, you will ENJOY food again.
In my practice, I use a non-diet and non-judgemental approach. I utilize evidenced-based strategies including Health at Every Size, Intuitive Eating, and mindfulness. Based on your individual goals, nutrition education and counseling will be used for healing. Supplements, therapeutic meal plans, and stress-management techniques may also be used. We will work as a team to get to the root cause of your concerns. The end goal will always be to feel your best.