Episode 7: Teens Need a Healthy Diet, with Mary-Sheila Gonnella

February 1, 2017

Mary Sheila received a B.A. in environmental education from Sonoma State University and earned her teaching credential from Chapman University. She received certification as a nutrition consultant from Bauman College, a certificate in clinical Ayurveda with DeAnna Batdorff, and is certified as a Pilates mat and rhythm workout instructor. She has studied amino acid therapy with Julia Ross and hormonal balance with Dan Kalish. Mary Sheila has a private nutrition practice, Occidental Nutrition, where she works one-on-one with clients and teaches group classes. She also teaches group nutrition classes at the Ceres Community Project, West County Health Centers, and Salmon Creek Middle School.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Using food as medicine
  • The pressures of a social media world that as adults we can’t fully understand
  • Living with and managing the intense schedules teens have during the week
  • Healthy eating habits for teens – eating to nourish rather than eating to fill
  • When teens should work with a practitioner like Mary
  • Why seeing a nutritionist is smart for people dealing with depression and anxiety
  • Communicating the value of good nutrition to young people – how you engage them in a health mindset.
  • Why our main meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) are so important and what food groups to focus on in those meals