Like the inevitable quarter-life crisis — is very complicated.
It’s too easy to get “lost in the sauce” when everybody and their mom seems to be providing health advice online. I get it, when you aren’t feeling and functioning optimally it’s only a natural tendency to surf the internet hoping to find a solution. However, this oftentimes leaves you disoriented, confused, maybe even wanting to change your health status to “it’s complicated.”
I’ve been there. At the age of 18, I was couch-surfing my friends’ apartments and dorm rooms, living in what felt like a never-ending nightmare. Fully confused, depressed, and hopeless, I didn’t know where my life was headed next. My health, much like my teenage self’s music playlist, was at an all-time low. Anxiety attacks were a weekly regular and my mental wellbeing was suffering tremendously. It was through gaining my health back that I gained clarity into my purpose.
Maybe you’ve even experienced the benefits of eating healthy and taking care of your body… but you want to dive deeper. You want to fully optimize your health so that you can show up as the best version of yourself. You want to live authentically and achieve your goals — all while feeling energized and excited to start your day! If this is you, then you’re in the right place.
Hey! My name is Elizabeth Gunner and I’m a food equity advocate, dietitian, and speaker who motivates and informs large groups of people trying to take more control over their health and their lives.
Here you’ll find authentic advice to empower you to live a healthier life.
I'll Rewind For A Moment
As a kid, I was a creative by heart. It started with home-built stages performing Shirley Temple songs to my family and friends. It continued with me regularly writing poetry, expressing myself through fashion, painting, and drawing. I always knew I had these innate creative abilities, and putting them into action energized and excited me.
However, the many blissful moments of my young adulthood were all-too-often accompanied by the devastating and jarring ones. From periods of time where I would wonder where and when my next meal would come from to constant media messaging telling me that what I looked like equaled how much I was valued. We’ve all heard it: “exercise more and eat less” as if that’s the secret to lifetime happiness and fulfillment. I didn’t know it at the time, but these experiences were textbook socialization into what’s now called “diet culture” and “unattainable beauty standards.” An area of my work today surrounds helping dismantle this harmful media messaging and teaching people how to realistically obtain fulfillment in themselves and their bodies.
On top of this, an experience while traveling the country of Panama in 2014 brought a new reality to the forefront of my focus– international and domestic hunger. Witnessing conditions only the truly marginalized in an economically developed country would know, but that there were all-too-common: a lack of basic nutrition. This ignited my interest in health equity, food justice, and sustainable food systems. This experience also prompted me to further understand the links between what people eat and how they feel. The interconnection between food availability, health outcomes, and sustainability is an additional area of interest that shows that, like I said, health runs deeper than what meets the eye.
Witnessing the heart-breaking effects poor nutrition had through the lens of toxic diet culture, poor mental wellbeing, and food insecurity eventually led me to study Nutritional Science at Cornell University. Here, I had a new mission that I knew would not fade, and I set out to become a health expert to absorb the most accurate health knowledge available and by doing so gain the ability to share this knowledge with others. By learning about nutrition on a molecular level, I found healing. I was finally able to crack my own health code by cultivating a deep understanding of the human body and how nutrition plays a critical role in its function. I also cultivated innovative ideas and methods to help others self-actualize in the way I eventually did.
As such, I obtained my Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential and landed my first job in a managerial position, where I helped lead, teach, and inspire a dietary team in a clinical care facility while also treating various patients with chronic health conditions. What I realized through all this is that health, like many things in life, is multifaceted.
Therefore, I believe that to truly gain optimal health and vitality, accurate and easy to understand information is where it starts. As such, I utilize a holistic framework when educating and informing others about health.
This approach, as well as my passion for self-development and endless curiosity about the world, landed me media positions writing and and contributing to national media outlets and performing on-camera news segments. It’s funny how things sometimes come full circle in ways I would have never imagined, and that I could combine my science knowledge with my innate creative abilities. I truly am living a life that I’m most proud of and energized by, and my mission is to spread these resources to others.
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My Approach Here
- B.S in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University
- Queens College Dietetic Internship: Clinical, Outpatient, Counseling, Management, Policy, and Media rotations
- Board Certified Registered Dietitian Nutritionist: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- ServSafe Manager: National Restaurant Association
- Academy Of Nutrition and Dietetics
- Nutrition Entrepreneurs (NE) Dietetic Practice Group
- Greater Dietetics Association of New York
- Public Health/Community Nutrition DPG
- Dietitians in Business and Communications DPG
- Hunger and Environmental Nutrition DPG