Hey, hi…it’s Steph!
I help women who lift weights fuel themselves better so they get stronger, increase their energy, and perform better in the gym.
I believe in helping women embrace their bodies, know their worth, and take up space…without the pressure of diets, the scale, or exercise as punishment.
I believe Black lives matter, love is love, and all bodies deserve respect.
So great to meet you.
I’m a nutrition nerd, strength training coach, diet culture disrupter, podcaster, INFJ, and a unapologetically sweary person. I love cold brew coffee, cats, and Lord of the Rings (you shalllll not passss)!
I’m not your average nutritionist-strength coach.
You won’t see 1200 calorie diets, micromanaging your food, and or talk about torching body fat here. Ew. You deserve better.
What you will find is evidence-based nutrition and strength training best practices along with ways to improve your relationship with food that will help you get stronger, increase your energy, and perform better…both in the gym and in life.
Focusing on getting stronger and what my body could do – instead of how it looked – changed everything. Now, I help women do the same.
In 2013, I left my twelve year science teaching career to become a full-time food blogger. And in 2018, I rebranded my entire business to focus on helping women get strong, nourish their bodies, challenge the status quo, and take up space.
It’s been a journey, y’all…
In 2010, I taught high school science and blogged recipes in my spare time. A friend suggested, “You should start a food blog.” So, I did. Little did I know that decision would lead to a series of life-changing events.
2011 – started a lil food blog called Stupid Easy Paleo
2012 – met my now-husband on Twitter (that’s quite a story for another day)
2013 – left teaching to work online full-time and ride the rollercoaster known as entrepreneurship and published an extensive ebook on sports nutrition, competed in CrossFit Regionals on a team and finished the season burned out from constant training and under-eating
2014 – realized my relationship with food needed work, stopped doing high-intensity workouts to focus on lifting weights
2015 – published my second (a cookbook), launched my podcast, and created my first popular online program, Healthy Happy Harder to Kill
2016 – started another website that would eventually morph into this one (but closed it down after a year…running two websites isn’t as easy as it sounds)
2017 – content creation, podcasting, recipes…tons of content this year
2018 – became a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and rebranded my website, leaving the food blogging world to focus on growing a movement of women ready to embrace their bodies and own their power
2019 – published my second print book (an Amazon best-seller!) (The Core 4: Embrace Your Body, Own Your Power) and became a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor
2020 – the podcast reached 3.5 million+ downloads
2021 – still on a mission to help women get strong, eat in a way that brings freedom and ease, and take up space…can’t stop, won’t stop
Strength, growth, integrity, and compassion
These are at the heart of my business – and me as a person. They alchemize to form the guiding principle of fierce love and transformation that guides all my work.
Strength over time creates resilience.
Growth is fostered with lifelong learning.
Integrity means doing what’s best based on what you know.
Compassion is how we extend ourselves and one another grace.
I’m big hearted and here to disrupt the way women have been told to be, look, and act in the world. To me, that’s fierce love.
I believe that Black lives matter, love is love, and all bodies deserve respect.
Wondering What My Days Are Like?
If I’m not lifting weights on my front porch or digging in the garden, you can find me at the computer creating content for my community, recording podcasts, and coaching badass women online. When work is done, I like to introvert so hard by hanging out with my very Scottish husband, playing with our cat, knitting, and tbh, watching trashy reality TV. Head over to my Instagram and peep my stories for more peeks into my behind the scenes life.
My Love Languages
- Iced coffee with heavy cream
- Long hugs
- Alone time
- Hair wash day
- Being out in nature
- Seeing women get strongAF
My heart lights up with all of these!
I’m Multifaceted Just Like You
It’s easy to think that the people you follow online are just one thing: a podcaster, a coach, an influencer…but we’re all complex and yes, messy!
Some of my facets:
Woman – I’ve lived the struggles that many women do…not feeling good enough and fixated on losing weight because I thought it would bring me happiness or prove to others how worthy I was. For years, I treated my body like crap, chronically under-eating while overtraining as an athlete in CrossFit, bike racing, and triathlons. Though diet culture impacts women differently due to our many social identities (and I acknowledge the unearned privileges I have because of mine), we’re all harmed by it. I was put on this earth to blaze a new path for women to walk…one where food and fitness are simple, fun, enjoyable, and enhance the quality of life. One where we embrace our strength, work to grow it, and help other women do the same.
Small Business CEO – The life of an online entrepreneur is never dull, and though business ownership has its ups and downs, I wouldn’t trade the autonomy I now have for anything. (But if anyone tells you it’s easy, they’re lying!)
Wife – I’ve been married to a very Scottish guy named Z since 2014. We met on Twitter when he lived in Glasgow and I, in San Diego (true story). And the rest is history. I’m also twice-divorced and proof that you can heal and find love again, if you desire.
Teacher – Teaching is in my blood. Not only do I come from a long line of educators, I spent my first 12 career years in the high school science classroom teaching chemistry and biology. Now, I teach courses and lead programs designed for women to fuel their bodies well and get stronger.
Cat Mom – Though I’m an equal opportunity pet snuggler, cats have my heart. Currently, I’m a cat mom to the ever mischievous Ellie Hopkins.
How ‘Bout a Game of Either-Or!
Get to know me even better…and because let’s be honest, quizzes are fun.
Because We All Love Freebies
Here’s a taste of the goodness I’ve created for you, on the house.
For the strength-curious…
Dive into the podcast!
Want to know all the specifics about my training and background? Check out my Official Bio.