Debbie Steinbock Mindful Nutrition

Debbie Steinbock

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Debbie Steinbock is a Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor with a special interest in digestive disorders and autoimmune disease. Her 20+ years in clinical practice includes working with complex conditions that often involve gastrointestinal disease, thyroid imbalances, food allergies and sensitivities, nervous system dysregulation and more.

Debbie brings a uniquely personal perspective to her work with clients that was gained by navigating her own health challenges. Her experience with Crohn’s Disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis led Debbie to examine her diet to help her understand her disease, restore her body, and regain control of her health. These experiences gave her the knowledge and compassion necessary to help her clients take an active role in their own healing process.

Debbie received a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest honors in psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She then earned certification as a Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She opened her clinical practice, Mindful Nutrition, in 2001.

Through a combination of both her personal experiences and professional training, Debbie understands complex and chronic health conditions at a depth rarely achieved by someone who has never been on this challenging journey. This deep personal understanding, combined with a passion for and commitment to continuing education and research, makes her a compassionate clinician with an insightful perspective.

Debbie has successfully helped hundreds of clients across the world to improve their diet, enhance their current state of health, and eliminate a variety of health conditions.

Let’s Get Personal

5 things I do to stay balanced

1. Eat protein at breakfast. I have learned over the years that I feel best when I have protein for breakfast. I stay fuller longer, I do not get cravings, my energy is sustained, and my brain feels sharp. In the warmer months I may opt for a souped-up smoothie or an egg and veggie scramble. In the colder months, I enjoy leftover soups, coddled eggs, or kitchari.

2. Feel the sun on my body. My body not only loves the sun, it truly needs it! The sun makes me feel happy, energized, and grounded. In the summer, I eat breakfast outside on our deck. In the cooler months, I try to eat lunches outside as often as I can. When it’s too cold, I am like a cat who will seek out the sunniest spot in my house to bask in the sun—even if that is the floor! We also intentionally schedule winter vacations to warm, sunny places because those bursts of warmth recharge me and help me feel healthy throughout the winter.

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3. Quiet my mind, observe & direct my thoughts. For better and for worse, my mind works fast! Over the years, I have tried various practices aimed to quiet this incessant mental chatter and doing so has proven very beneficial for my well-being. I work on “curiously observing” this inner stream of thoughts, thereby bringing consciousness to what usually runs unconsciously “behind the scenes.” In doing so, I am seeking to direct more of my thoughts to those of my choosing—and to let go of those thoughts that no longer serve me today.

4. Move at my own rhythm. As a wife, parent, and business owner, I find that much of my time is scheduled down to the minute. When the outside world takes me too far from my inner rhythm (which is NOT go-go-go!), I start to feel off balance. I strive to give myself time each week to make a choice about what to do—as well as what not to do. Sometimes this means staying an extra 15-minutes in my unusually quiet, empty house before heading back to work. Other times it’s deciding to not sign the kids up for anything on the weekends one semester so we can linger in our PJs longer and be more spontaneous. Getting clear about my own rhythm (and allowing myself the space to move at it) is a huge part of maintaining balance for me.

5. Connection. If you have ever walked into my home (or my office) it’s unlikely you’ve gotten out without a hug! When Roy and I first met he teased me and called me a “forced-hugger!” I seek connection on both an emotional and physical level. My family, my friendships and my career all provide me with this connection that is vital for my happiness.

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