Hi! I’m Joanna Pustilnik.
Thanks for coming by my little online space.
By day, I’m a clinical dietitian, diabetes educator, and health coach. I provide counseling for weight loss, chronic diseases, allergies, GI disorders, and overall health. I love counseling and helping people grow into their best selves!
I am also a personal trainer and have provided nutrition education to gym-goers and Crossfitters alike.
Initially, I didn’t realize nutrition could be a career choice. I went to school for writing and earned by BA in English. A year after I graduated, I decided to switch directions and enroll in graduate school for nutrition science at the University of Cincinnati, my home town university.
It was the best decision I ever made!
After finishing my master’s degree, my dietetic internship brought me to Richmond, VA where I met my husband, Dr. P. We then moved to Baltimore, MD for his training and have since settled in Washington, DC where we try to fill our lives with equal parts awesome and healthy.
A note about my fitness history- I have always been athletic, but I understand the necessity for exercising intelligently. I grew up playing competitive soccer, but fall of my senior year, I tore my ACL in my left knee. I tore it again in the spring. And again my freshman year of college. For good reason, I stopped playing and instead decided to focus on keeping myself healthy for the long haul.
I’ve found if I stay healthy, mobile, and smart about my activity choices, my knee stays strong. Yoga and weight lifting are priceless. I have since run 4 marathons, several half marathons, and I continue to exercise almost daily. It is amazing what we can do if we believe we can.
Also, I didn’t grow up in a culinary household. I know what it is to have to work towards better health habits. I didn’t even know how to boil pasta when I graduated from my undergrad! I’ve since taught myself, but much like everything, cooking is a continual process of self-discovery and hilarity. I have trouble following rules, so I rarely use a recipe as is. I can’t resist being creative! I alter them to add more nutrition content or intrigue.
I hope you find some lovely inspiration and motivation here!
Registered and Licensed Dietitian
Certified Diabetes Educator
Certified Leap Therapist
Certified Health Coach
Certified Personal Trainer
Master’s in Science in Nutrition
Bachelor’s in English