My name is Susan McCauley. I am a Certified Nutrition Consultant practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. I also see clients worldwide via phone and Skype.
I graduated from Chico State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. I was a successful finance executive for many years. In 2012, I quit the fast lane and enrolled at Bauman College in Santa Cruz to pursue my passion of nutrition.
I have a history of disorders and addictions. These include drugs and alcohol. Today I am 14 years clean and sober, but it took a lot to get to this point.
In 1999, I found recovery through the 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. I also discovered a spiritual connection, which I had never believed possible. In 2007, I was finally able to quit the pack a day smoking habit I picked up while drinking and using. After I quit smoking, I gained a bit of weight. That was the beginning of the yoyo dieting which plagued me for years. Eventually, I hit my health and nutrition rock bottom.
I tried every diet. I would lose weight only to gain it back. I heard carbohydrates were bad, so I cut them out. Fat makes you fat, so that was gone too. I basically ate processed, artificially sweetened, fat-free, sugar-free, boxed foods. I would have periods of being “good” and then binge for a whole weekend. I developed a nasty sweet tooth and could plow through an entire box of doughnuts. I was always hungry, even if I had just pigged out. I even considered starting to smoke again because it would curb my appetite.
It started to get particularly bad in 2010. I was planning my wedding and working over 60 hours each week as a finance executive for a food manufacturer. I remember coming home from work one day in tears after binging on doughnuts at work. I cried to my then fiancé that I felt like I did back when I was drinking, completely out of control. It was a scary feeling. I wish I could say that was the end of it. The next year became a cycle of weighing, measuring and logging each bite of food punctuated by binge eating. I had found Crossfit and was trying to work out as much as possible. I began to have health issues. My mouth watered so bad at night that I would drool on my pillow while reading a book. I was always tired. I had a series of bizarre conditions including: Chalazion’s in my eye, trigger finger, and De Quervain’s syndrome. I know now that all of these conditions are related to chronic inflammation.
In March of 2011 my husband, who saw how I was struggling, said that he had heard of something called Whole30. He heard it was “kind of like Paleo”. We had heard of Paleo at Crossfit. In fact, my brother and sister-in-law were Paleo but we always had made fun of it. The whole caveman thing seemed a little farfetched. He purchased and downloaded their Success Guide for me. I remember reading it and feeling like this was finally the answer for which I had been searching. It spoke to me in a way that is hard to describe. It was if they truly understood what was going on with me and inside my head. It was all about my relationship with food. At that moment, the relationship was very dysfunctional.
My husband and I started Whole 30 one week later. Within the first 30 days, I managed to get through my birthday and our one-year anniversary while staying on the plan. I felt amazing. It really changed my life. While on the Whole30, I read The Paleo Solution and Robb Wolf’s section about lifestyle and figuring out what truly important. It struck such a chord that I was determined to find a way (both financially and logistically) to change my life. I ended up quitting my well-paying job and going back to school to become a Certified Nutrition Consultant.
Though I still struggle with body dysmorphia and my relationship with food, my education at Bauman taught me that it is about more than just diet and exercise. While Paleo has not been the magic bullet for me that many in the blogosphere claim it to be, I have learned that no diet is perfect. It is a combination of diet, lifestyle, smart exercise (yes, you can exercise too much and do the wrong type of exercise for you), laboratory testing, and quality supplementation. That is where the help and guidance of a Certified Nutrition Consultant plays such an important role. I can give you a plan and support you until you reach your goals.
I now see clients one-on-one or in-group settings. I specialize in helping people with fat loss, digestive issues, hormonal balance, nutritional support for the recovery from alcohol and substance abuse, depression, disordered eating patterns, as well as Crossfit and other fitness enthusiasts. I can help these people improve their health, lose fat and feel great. I begin with a Paleo, Primal or Ancestral Health template but all plans and programs are individualized because every body is unique.
In addition to helping individuals, I also offer consultation services to gyms, restaurants, and food processors. My background in accounting and finance, coupled with my nutrition education, allows me to provide unique insights regarding every aspect of their business. As a result, I have developed a solid record of accomplishment in helping manufacturing and service companies grow their businesses with greater success.
I am a member in good standing of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP), the Ancestral Health Society and the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF). I continue to further my education by attending conferences on the cutting edge of nutrition and fitness science like PaleoFx13, Ancestral Health Symposium 2012 & 2013 and Wise Traditions 2012 (WAPF).
Certified Nutrition Consultant
NNTI Neuronutrient Therapy Certification
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Concentration Accounting
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