A: My interest in nutrition first start out of pure self-interest, perhaps not the altruistic response you expect from a wellness provider. Since childhood I have struggled with weight, anxiety and digestive issues. I thought, I will learn all about nutrition to fix myself and then I can help others. My thinking as evolved since those early days - it is less about fixing and more about tuning in. Each so-called problem is your body communicating the state of the union. With nutrition, I have found peace with my body and food, improved digestion and reduced anxiety.
Q:What gets you out of bed in the morning?
A: Food. My early career was spent as a chef and food product and recipe developer. Food has always been an outlet for creativity for me. I love the act of planning meals, grocery shopping, cooking, and sharing the results.
Q: What kind of clients do you like working with most?
A: Each client is an individual – something I truly value. I believe eating whole, real foods is key but what that looks like - on the plate and when/how it is consumed – is unique to what each client needs to live their best life. I like to work with clients who are open minded, willing to consider new ideas and experiment (with research-based guidance!) to find that balance of food and lifestyle that makes them feel their best.
Q: What conditions/health patterns do you like to work with most?
A: A major reduction in anxiety was the first benefit I noticed when I changed my eating and, as a result, I enjoy working with clients struggling with things like anxiety and depression. It is amazing to see the transformation, like a light shining from within.We also suffer with some major body shaming and diet culture in our society. I help clients work through that noise and refocus on health to find peace in their body – no matter the size.
Q:What are you currently working on in your professional life?
A: Currently my focus is preparing for the Certified Nutrition Specialist exam. Though not required by the state of Minnesota it is an important national credential showing I am dedicated to the nutrition profession and that my practice is based on scientific research.
Q: What is your favorite food?
A:I love a good charcuterie board – meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables, mustards – all the things.
Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: A lot of my free time is spent in the kitchen, usually listening to podcasts. I like to knit, read - ideally with a kitty cat nearby, walk, and garden - with mixed success. And let’s be honest, I am as likely as the next person to get sucked into a great TV series – which can make a fine partner for knitting if you ask me.
Q: How do you celebrate living in your body?
A: A spin instructor of mine frequently states, usually during a particularly grueling hill series, the only thing worse than working out is not being able to. Because I can, I try to move my body in healthy ways each day. I also love to travel - experiencing new places, people, and, of course, food. Earlier this year I spent a few weeks traveling through the Nordic countries of Iceland, Sweden, and Denmark. SE Asia is topping the list for the next big trip.
Amber Hanson is a licensed nutritionist with a passion for food and cooking. She likes teaching clients the power of eating real food as a path to wellness, health, and happiness. She enjoys digging into the details of each client’s unique health history and day-to-day reality to help them determine what brings balance in their body. Prior to entering the nutrition field Amber worked in all manner of food - chef, food product developer, recipe developer, food stylist, and more. Her passion for food still carries over to her work as a nutritionist by continuing to develop new recipes that focus on using whole foods.