Stephanie Papadakis, M.A., N.C.
A little about me -
Coming from a Greek family, food has always been a huge part of my life. My parents stressed the importance of eating home-cooked meals while growing up; rarely did we buy school lunch and we ate dinner together at the table at least five nights a week. I also played soccer and ran track for 10 years, so, while I ate a lot, I ate healthy and exercised daily.
When I left for college, I began making poor food choices. That first year, the Freshman 15 (or 20) hit me hard. I ate whatever I wanted, stopped playing sports, and watched movies all day with my friends. By the middle of my second year, I felt miserable, and knew I needed to make a change. So I did what many college students do--I became a vegetarian.
Before I pulled the meat plug completely, I researched the nutritional benefits of all foods. I didn’t just stop eating meat and supplement with empty carbs; I learned how to substitute plant proteins for animal proteins. I researched legumes, grains, vegetables, and fruits, and learned their nutritional benefits to make sure I had a balanced meal every time I ate. I started biking and going to the gym, and I felt better than I had in a long time. 16 years later--and no longer a vegetarian--there have been many ebbs and flows with my diet and fitness routine, but one thing that has remained constant is the importance nutrition, health, and fitness has played in my life.
Four Years Strong
Coming to terms with being unhappy in my job(s), I thought long and hard about what career would make me happiest, and it always came back to doing something around food and helping people. Four years ago, my mom was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I had recently read Grain Brain by David Perlmutter and It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig and learned that omitting certain foods from one’s diet could help lessen the effects of an autoimmune disease. I also followed The Paleo Mom blog and completed Diane Sanfilippo’s 21-Day Sugar Detox, so I had an understanding about how inflammatory foods affect the body as I realized some foods had an effect on my own system. I sent my mom cookbooks, countless articles, and talked to her on the phone almost daily about how changing her diet could help her feel better. She now eats an Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet and her test results have stabilized to normal levels without medication.
Going through this experience with my mom made me realize that I want to help people feel like their best selves through nutritional guidance. I completed Bauman College’s Nutrition Consultant Program to better equip myself with knowledge and skills to not only help people in the same way I helped my mother (1:1 consulting), but also through corporate wellness, teaching, publishing articles, wellness retreats, consulting with restaurants, and offering advice to those who ask.
Photos by alanna Govenlock
Originally from Southern California, I lived in Santa Cruz, Boston, and San Francisco before settling in Marin County.
One could call me a staunch feminist. Ask me how this plays a huge role in the way I live my life and conduct my business.
In September 2017, I married my long-time partner in her parents' backyard in Glen Ellen, CA. It was the best day of my life!
Added wedding bonus: I was able to use the photos of me on this website!
My dog's name is Bounce. He definitely lives up to that name.
Chocolate chip cookies are my kryptonite. I can't eat just one.
My wife, my mom, and my sister all have autoimmune diseases, so I'm very familiar with the Autoimmune Protocol.
My IBS-D gets triggered by certain foods (including the aforementioned chocolate chip cookies), stress, and anxiety.
I was recently diagnosed with SIBO and I'm navigating the journey to healing my gut, one low FODMAP food at a time.
I'm not above taking medication to regulate mental health. I tried to do without it. It didn't work. I balance meds with nutrition in a way that best suits me, and can help you do the same.
My father unexpectedly passed in 2009 and I've learned about the role food plays in the grief journey, first hand.
For 6 years, I worked for a lesbian travel company as a communications/social media manager. Send me a message if you need a nutrition AND marketing consultant.
"I'm a high life flyer and a rainbow rider, a straight shootin' son of a gun."
Education & Credentials
Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant, Bauman College
Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, The Grief Recovery Method
Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) Certified Coach
M.A., Anthropology & Women's/Gender Studies, Brandeis University
B.A., Anthropology & Education, University of California, Santa Cruz
National Association of Nutrition Professionals
National Association of Professional Women
Human Rights Campaign