Welcome! I’m Claire, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist living in Boston, MA. Eat With Clarity started as a way for me to share my love for nutrition, help women and men naturally heal their skin, and show the world that nutritious and delicious foods are not mutually exclusive.
I work with clients who are interested in using food as medicine and achieving optimal health through natural and holistic methods. I work with clients struggling with a variety of health conditions, however, I have a specific emphasis on healing acne and other skin conditions. Acne is an incredibly misunderstood and poorly treated condition and I hope to shed light on the root causes of acne and how to treat it. We will work together to come up with a way of eating that works for you (because we are all different), and I will teach you how to heal your gut, your liver, and what products to use that deliver results. I can’t wait to help you achieve clear and glowing skin! If you are interested in 1:1 coaching, please follow this link to schedule a consultation.
The short version
I struggled with disordered and restricted eating throughout high school and college. Eventually, I was able to heal my relationship with food through a vegan diet (though I am no longer vegan) and discovered my passion for nutrition and holistic wellness. I believe food (and of course eating!) is one of life’s greatest pleasures and can make you feel amazing without sacrificing on taste.
After being off and on the birth control pill, antibiotics, and other acne medications for over a decade, my acne came back with a vengeance at 23 years old. It was emotionally and physically painful, and I wanted nothing more than to wave a magic wand and have perfect skin. Unfortunately, there is no magic fix for acne, but I became determined to treat it naturally and holistically. After a lot of trial and error, I was finally able to heal my skin and realized I was dealing with not only acne, but a condition known as Malassezia Folliculitis and hope to shed some light on this misdiagnosed condition. I know how hard skin conditions are to deal with, but my goal is to educate others on the root causes of their acne as well as how to finally break free from it and achieve lasting, glowing skin. From diet modifications, to lifestyle changes, to supplements and more, I share my whole acne journey here.
I believe the answers to many of the conditions and illnesses plaguing our modern world today lie in nature. Food is fuel, food is medicine, and food has the profound ability to heal our bodies safely and naturally. I create delicious, whole food recipes to inspire others to get back into the kitchen and realize just how good our bodies are designed to feel!
The long(er) version
During my first year of life I spent a lot of time at the doctor’s office. I dealt with chronic ear infections as an infant, and was on a new antibiotic nearly every month for over a year (you’ll see why this matters in a bit). I eventually got tubes put in because I was going deaf in one ear and was having a hard time learning to talk. Fortunately, the problem resolved and I no longer needed all of the antibiotics.
While you may not have guessed this based on how I eat now, I had a terrible diet growing up. Artificially colored fruit roll ups were the only green “food” I ate (yikes!) Most of my meals consisted of neutral colored foods (think: mac and cheese, plain pasta, bread, pasta, and more pasta). My parents could sometimes get me to eat carrots, though I didn’t always comply. For some reason my dad always put baby carrots in a bowl with ice??? Still trying to figure that one out lol. Anyway, I think you can see that nutrient dense foods seldom made their way into my body.
I had a very hearty appetite as a child, but in high school I developed very disordered eating patterns. I thought the skinnier I was the happier I would be (newsflash: I was wrong) and was obsessive with the scale. I greatly restricted my calories and became hyper focused on every little thing that went into my body. Needless to say, my overall mental and physical health really suffered. I felt incredibly uncomfortable in my own skin. Eventually, I found veganism and felt like I was able to eat in abundance without worrying about calories or gaining weight.
I was initially drawn to veganism not only because of the tremendous health benefits, but also because of the newfound freedom I felt with food. I felt like I could finally eat in abundance without worrying about calories, restriction, or gaining weight. Eventually, I started to look at food as something that could heal my body, prevent illness, and fuel my cells, rather than something that would give me a pudgy stomach or flabby arms.
I spent three years as a very passionate vegan, but eventually transitioned away from a fully plant based diet and added fish, chicken, and eggs back into my diet because of health issues I was struggling with. I once believed veganism could work for everyone, but have come to realize there is not one diet that works for everyone. We all have such unique needs, and I believe it is vitally important to honor your body and listen to the cues it is giving you. It was a difficult decision to make, but I believe now more than ever that listening to our bodies is so important. We are all unique, complex beings, and one diet certainly does not fit all.
I believe true health care lies at the intersection of Western and Eastern medicine. Until conventional and alternative practitioners join forces, we will only continue to mask the many symptoms and conditions that plague our society today. I believe many of the answers to our modern day health problems lie in nature. In food, in herbs, and in connecting back to our roots. I am so excited to have you on this journey with me, and I can’t wait to share more. It is my hope that we can inspire each other to take control our lives and our health.
While my recipes are no longer fully vegan, they are all dairy and gluten free. From fluffy chocolate chip pancakes, penne alla vodka, chocolate mousse and the best kale caesar salad, there is something here for everyone! Happy eating 🙂