—J.H., Cincinnati, OH
My philosophy is simple: Eat real food!
I help people reverse chronic health issues, feel better, and become the healthiest version of themselves. I work with clients all over the U.S. via Skype (my colleague Carla works with people in person in the San Francisco office). I also mentor health coaches and nutritionists so that they may better serve their own clients.
If you’re frustrated with bouncing around from doctor to doctor, and you still don’t feel like you’re on the right track, you’ve landed on the right page. Please, read on.
There is so much conflicting info about health and nutrition out there that it’s hard to know where to begin.
My main goal is to shatter the mainstream nutrition and health myths we all grew up with: you know, fat free diet food and popping pills to mask your symptoms.
If you think consulting with a nutritionist means deprivation and dieting, boy have I got news for you! (Here’s a teaser: Butter is good for you!) When given the right foods, the body has an amazing ability to heal and rebalance.
Do you struggle with chronic health issues you want to reverse? Autoimmune conditions, hormone balance, or digestive issues?
Or have you been wanting get healthier, but you don’t know how to take the first step? Maybe you would like to discover what foods you should be eating and receive personalized attention dedicated to improving your health & lifestyle?
How Mary Can Help You
The first step is to contact me today for a complimentary 15 minute chat to discuss your health concerns and goals, and I’ll tell you how my programs can help. Please note that no health advice is given during this introductory call. I’ll listen to your symptoms and concerns, ask you some questions, and discuss my programs and process with you.
If you’re a fellow nutritionist or health coach, contact me if you’d like guidance helping your own clients. I have over twelve years of coaching and mentoring under my belt, and I’d like to help you help you better serve your clients (and boost your income!).
I work with people via Skype, so you can benefit from my services no matter where you are located. Please note I do not see people in person, but you have the option of working with my colleague, Carla Hernandez, a Certified Nutritional Therapist and Registered Dietician, in our San Francisco office. You can read more about Carla below.
I practice functional nutrition, which means I help you uncover the underlying causes of your health challenges so we can fix the root of the problem. I specialize in addressing chronic digestive issues like bloating, candida, constipation, heartburn, SIBO, Crohn’s, and IBS; endocrine balance and hypothyroid concerns; and helping women gain energy and overcome hormonal imbalance, infertility, PMS, and painful periods. Carla works with my weight loss clients and specializes in reversing chronic skin conditions like acne and eczema.
My holistic approach goes beyond nutrition to address the whole person, and we determine the underlying causes of your health conditions rather than simply addressing the symptoms.
Our consultation goes far deeper than improving your diet. I use a 3-pronged holistic model that examines the following:
- your lifestyle: sleep, exercise, and sources of stress
- your metabolic balance: endocrine, digestion, immune, and detox health
- a personalized diet: what foods are right for you.
I use functional diagnostic saliva, stool, and metabolic testing in my practice to help pinpoint imbalances and deficiencies so I can design a personalized, healing protocol for you.
My approach? I never take a one-size-fits-all approach! Every body is different and we all have unique nutritional needs.
Conditions I Address
My passion has always been women’s health and helping women overcome digestive and hormonal issues. Nearly every person with whom I work–male or female–has some sort of digestive imbalance, so I focus on gut health with every client, and it’s become the focal point of my practice.
Digestive issues? Crohn’s? IBS? SIBO? I can help you.
If you are a vegetarian or paleo and aren’t sure it’s the right diet for you, or if you have gained weight or experienced digestive problems with your current diet, I can help you.
If you are struggling with infertility or want to have a healthy pregnancy, I can help you!
If you struggle with hypothyroid or autoimmune issues, I can help you!
If you are getting ready for a wedding or any other special event, I can help you, too!
If any of the following are troubling you, contact me to set up a 15-minute introductory chat to learn how you can benefit from my services:
- heartburn, indigestion, constipation
- Crohn’s, IBS, colitis
- weight loss
- hypothyroid/Hashimoto’s autoimmune thyroiditis
- PMS/painful periods
- anxiety, depression, or irritability
- acne or skin issues
- feeling imbalanced
- not sure what foods are right for you
- want help with an allergen-free diet
What you will get:
- personalized diet and lifestyle plan
- beautiful customized PDF ebook with your meal plan, recipes, shopping list, prep plan
- handouts with indispensable information to support your plan
- lose (or normalize) weight
- better energy
- reduce stress and learn techniques to handle the stress in your life
- clear, beautiful skin
- improved digestion
- better immunity
- longevity & vitality
My programs are for you if:
- you are tired of battling candida, SIBO (or you’ve treated SIBO but still don’t feel better), persistent digestive issues
- you want to fix your digestive problems – FOR GOOD!
- you are struggling to lose weight, or just can’t lose those last 10 pounds
- you have trouble getting out of bed in the mornings and reach for coffee to get going
- you are exhausted all day long
- you have painful periods or PMS
- recently diagnosed with thyroid disease
- you have tried everything else and feel exhausted and fed up
- you have acne, eczema, or psoriasis
- you just don’t know what you should be eating
- you want to prepare for healthy pregnancy & baby
Be aware: This is NOT just another diet. This is a lifestyle makeover.
You will uncover the hidden reasons for your health concerns rather than just treating the symptoms. You will learn what foods are right for your physiology (one diet does not fit all!) and how to eat and live holistically. Learn to balance your blood sugar, fix hormonal imbalances that sabotage your weight loss efforts and cause fatigue, and break sugar and caffeine addictions. It’s not just a question of willpower – there are physiological reasons for your cravings, and we can fix that.
I offer monthly coaching packages. You do not have to be in San Francisco to work with me.
The initial month includes a 90-minute intake and 50-minute follow up session, then you can renew for subsequent monthly packages. Or if you’d just like one-time advice about your diet, we can set up an a la carte 50 minute phone session.
Contact me to discuss which package is right for you.
Monthly coaching packages include:
- 90 minute detailed intake
- 50 minute follow-up session
- Diet analysis & customized health plan after each session
- Assignments and homework!
- Test & supplement recommendations
- Customized protocols, and exercise/lifestyle recommendations
- Phone or email check-ins at least once weekly
- Unlimited email support for the duration
- Beautiful customized PDF ebook with your meal plan, recipes, shopping list, prep plan
Once your initial month coaching package expires, I will recommend the best ongoing monthly package to support your goals. Clients typically spend around $800- $1000 for three months of coaching.
Carla Hernandez, Certified Nutritional Therapist, soon-to-be Registered Dietician
Carla works with me and sees clients both in person and remotely via skype or phone. A little more about Carla and her background:
Since high school I have had a love for health and nutrition. In college, I graduated with a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from San Diego State University, although my desire to learn more about using food as medicine drove me to a nonconventional side of the nutrition field. I spent time working with a variety of holistic practitioners from naturopaths, herbalists, acupuncturists, and even Ayurvedic doctors, traveling and exploring different countries and their healthcare systems. After much exposure to many different views on health, I graduated from the Nutritional Therapy Association as a Certified Nutritional Therapist. I am currently working on becoming a Registered Dietitian so I can expand into more areas of nutrition, and integrative medicine research.
For the past 5 years I have worked privately with individuals, focusing on digestive/ immune health, weight loss, and skin health (acne, psoriasis, eczema predominantly) in San Francisco and remotely around the world. I have also worked in corporate wellness, providing companies and their employees with nutrition services and presentations focusing primarily on stress management through diet.
Knowing what to eat can be complicated with all the noise, myths, and trends with food in the media today. I’m passionate about guiding and educating others to learn what works for them. Knowing what your body needs, as well as why and how it is communicating to you is powerful. This allows you to take control of your health and your future. I’m focused on the whole person, not just a symptom, as well as respecting everyone as an individual and understanding we all have unique needs.
"Thank you! I am feeling the best I’ve felt in my whole life and that is so empowering. I got my period for the second month in a row. Woohoo, I’m losing weight and my overall health is good. Those were my main goals for this month, and this is only the start."
—E.T., San Francisco
"I have Crohn’s disease and have had many health issues because of it. When I came to Mary, I was on 40 mg. of Prednizone and miserable. I had tried some diet changes in the past however, nothing seemed to work. Mary, with her incredible depth on knowledge, started me on a cleanse which began my road to recovery. We identified foods and products that were exacerbating the Crohn’s, so I took those things out of my diet and the healing began. I went off the Prednizone, started eating my new regime and felt better than I had since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s 20 years ago. Because Mary is so knowledgeable and creative, together we were able to get my life to a place of health that I thought I would never be able to achieve. She is awesome to work with and someone I can trust with my health care. I am very thankful to Mary and recommend her very highly to anyone."
—B.C., San Ramon, CA
"Mary is a rock star. I have worked with her for about six months and she has helped me a ton. From nutrition to supplements to a healthier lifestyle–Mary knows her stuff. I love that she is devoted to women’s health and is so on top of cutting edge information that your regular doctor or a standard nutritionist would have no clue about. She is very thorough and easy to talk to as well. She is wonderful with communicating via e-mail too. I have recommended her to several friends as well."
—V.W., Aldie, VA
"Mary is amazing and I highly recommend her for anyone who wants to learn how to eat healthier, feel better or has symptoms/health issues which are not being solved by conventional Dr.’s. I thought I was doing the gluten free and dairy free diet correctly before I went to Mary and then found out I was actually doing it all wrong. With her nutritional direction I have never felt better. If it wasn’t for her I would not be functioning. She is wonderful and I cannot recommend her highly enough."
—L.E., San Francisco
"Contacting you was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! You helped me clearly understand how my diet and lifestyle (particular emotional stress) were negatively impacting my hormones and how I felt. Through following the protocol you gave me, my hormones rebalanced (I knew because I felt better!) and my menstrual cycle regulated for the first time in my entire life!! I was also able to get pregnant on the FIRST TRY using the fertility awareness method (obviously the balanced hormones helped)! I am now 17 weeks pregnant and we are so happy and excited for the next phase of our lives. I am beyond grateful that I met you and how you’ve helped change my life!"
"Feeling great. Period is the most normal I’ve had in years and years. Pretty amazing really. Thank you thank you!"
"I had not managed to become pregnant in years, and due to my age, I was starting to lose hope. After consulting with Mary and realizing that I had major inflammation and food intolerance issues, I really put effort into spending a few months avoiding my issue foods, going gluten free and doing a candida cleanse. We looked at my hormone panels and supplemented with natural progesterone to regulate my cycle. My concerted efforts bore a startling and surprisingly quick result! THANK YOU!"
—S.L., Playa Del Rey, CA
"I just wanted to first say thank you! I definitely think I’m on the right track! I’ve lost 10 pounds and 7 inches from my waist and hips, and I’m feeling really good!"
—L.H., San Mateo, CA
Mary successfully diagnosed my gluten intolerance and solved all of the resulting health issues I was having. For years medical doctors simply prescribed pills to treat my various symptoms and never bothered to look for the actual cause."
—D.M., Washington, D.C.
"I had been struggling with issues since I was 15 years old (now 36 years old) and seemed to be getting nowhere. I had seen at least 8 different doctors over the last 10 years with no results. In 2013, I was finally diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, but unfortunately, the diagnosis and medication did very little for me, and my symptoms continued to spiral out of control. Finally at 255 lbs, feeling exhausted all the time, and terrified of entering my 40s without getting a handle on my health, I decided it was time for a change. The decision to work with Mary is the best decision I have ever made. Mary has helped me revolutionize my health and achieve what no doctor was able to. I have lost 78 lbs. by simply changing my diet, resolved a hormone and diet-driven issue I have had since I was 15 years old, no longer feel tired all the time, am seeing a huge improvement in my thyroid symptoms and am unbelievably getting to decrease my thyroid medication. If you are fed up with your health, ready to make some real changes, and have the control put back in your hands I encourage you to contact Mary."
"I had tried everything, not just to lose weight, but to get healthy. I found Mary through a recommendation of her colleague and have never felt better. I came to Mary because I had frequent migraines, was in constant pain, couldn’t sleep, yet always felt tired and I had tried everything but the correct eating lifestyle. Mary doesn’t put you on a diet, she gets to the root of the problem, and helps you make positive changes in your life, the right way. I have not had a migraine since I eliminated gluten and have naturally lost weight, my joints no longer hurt and I have the support I need to make the change."
—M.S., San Francisco, CA
"I contacted Mary about her services after hearing such great success stories from others, and she definitely surpassed my expectations. I have been dealing with thyroid, adrenal and digestive issues that have plagued me for years, and Mary has been incredible. Mary is really knowledgeable not only about nutrition, but about the entire human body and the intricate connections between all the systems. Her protocol treats you from a holistic standpoint rather than just looking to fix your symptoms. She has the gift of being able to explain things in a way that anyone can understand without feeling overwhelmed or confused. Any time I have a question, she always answers it; her support and guidance is very thorough and I really feel that she cares about her clients. I HIGHLY recommend her to anyone."
—M.B., Malawi, Africa
"Deciding to work with Mary is one of the best choices I’ve ever made. When we began, I suffered from constant fatigue, and depressed, unstable moods. We worked together to develop an appropriate (and surprisingly easy) diet plan, which identified a food allergy that I never knew existed. Not only have I learned a lot about healthy eating and human physiology, but I feel happier and more energetic than I have in years. I’m so thankful to have discovered a manageable solution based on whole foods and not prescription pills. I would recommend this process to anyone. It will change your life!"
—A.R., San Francisco
"I am so happy I found Mary! I have struggled with stomach and digestive issues for over 10 years. I’d been to multiple doctors, none of whom could find anything “wrong” with me. I’d come to accept that having a chronic upset stomach was just normal. Then I met Mary. At our first full session, Mary broke all of it down for me. “If you eat X, it does Y & Z to your body, and that’s why you feel like crap. Let’s try eating A, B, C instead and see how you feel.” Well A, B & C works! Finally I can eat a meal and not feel like crap afterwards. My stomach is happy now. Oh, and in addition to feeling fantastic, my skin is glowing, and I’ve lost 12 pounds in 8 weeks! Mary is incredibly responsive, providing compassionate, educated guidance every step of the way. "
—S.T., San Jose, CA
"Just a quick note to let you know that I have been on your program for 11 days and I feel wonderful! My energy levels have improved in so many ways. I feel like Wonder Woman now! I also feel so much less anxious. Thank you."
—C.R., Miami, FL
"The reason I went to see Mary was for weight loss. I tried just about every diet out there, and have a strong fitness routine, but just couldn’t seem to lose any weight. I’ve also suffered from bouts of dizziness, fatigue and feeling unbalanced. The symptoms would come and go, so I figured it was something I would just have to deal with. She immediately pinpointed the root cause of my problem and started working with me to change my eating habits. I came to her as a vegetarian, tired and lethargic and heavy.I thought I was eating pretty well until Mary analyzed my daily food intake and pinpointed areas I needed to change. They were subtle, but what a difference they made! The “foggy brain” symptoms stopped immediately. I started dropping weight. I no longer get those heavy sugar cravings at 3pm! I appreciate Mary’s phone conferences, book recommendations and general advice. She’s extremely knowledgeable and answers my questions on nutrition so I can understand them."
—L.J., Sunnyvale, CA
"I feel awesome and my insatiable appetite is finally under control! Sugar cravings stopped after about 3 days; I am on day 5 of your Detox Program now. My parents decided to do the diet with me for support and my dad has already lost 5 lbs! So you are helping more than one person!"
—R.M., Overland Park, KS
"I consider myself a pretty health-conscious consumer, and have done my fair share of reading about nutrition and fitness. I thought I had all the answers, but still wasn’t losing weight. In fact, when I became vegetarian, I GAINED weight! In the middle of a crazy cleanse, I decided to listen in on one of Mary’s informative conference calls to get some tips about cleansing. Let’s just say that after that call, I put down the lemon syrup juice and started attending Mary’s classes, and it has been a year and I am 20 lbs lighter. Under Mary’s guidance, I’ve totally changed the way I think about food, and while my diet may seem pretty different to some people (no counting calories, lots of rich foods, but gluten free), I’ve never felt better and I never feel like I am going hungry!"
—C.M., San Francisco, CA
"I consider myself very healthy, but since moving to San Francisco. I’ve experienced a number of health problems, allergies, asthma, stress, anxiety. My face would break out randomly into red splotches and I would get short of breath. I had had enough. Mary walked me through my diet, which was really eye opening for me. After a 2-hour consultation I left the office feeling back on track and recharged to make a difference in my life with my relationship to food. Thank you Mary! I look forward to more of your good advice!"
—S.H., San Francisco