I help people reverse chronic illness, heal their relationship with food and their bodies, and create a powerful belief system so they can take ownership of becoming healthy and whole, love themselves unapologetically, and understand that their highest version of themselves is well within reach.
- Esther Blum
I went into the field of nutrition and dietetics because I came from a long line of medical practitioners: both my father and grandfather were physicians, my mother was a nurse, and my grandmother was a dietitian. Having the goal of healing others felt like second nature to me; little did I know how useful my knowledge would become later on in life.
After giving birth to my son in 2007, I developed severe insomnia that no doctor could figure out. I was struggling to physically get through every day when I’d had maybe 2 hours of quality sleep the night before. Even though I was writing books and working with clients by day, at night I cried myself to sleep fighting deep depression and despair because I wasn’t the mother, wife, friend or healer that I wanted to be. I’d lost complete trust that my body would heal or that any end was in sight. I developed severe anxiety and panic attacks. I packed on body fat and didn’t recognize myself when I looked in the mirror.
I knew I'd hit rock bottom when...
A good day for me meant making my bed and cooking dinner for my family
I could not remember if I’d been to Italy with my husband (we spent 10 days there)
One doctor gave me a copy of the Kabbalah and told me to put it under my pillow
Another doctor told me to just have a glass of wine and go for a walk every night – clearly it was all in my head
When I told another doctor I believed I would get through all of this he said incredulously, “You do?”
I depleted our entire health savings account going to doctors and healers
I shrunk my husband’s brand new collection of work shirts
I told my story to pretty much anyone who was standing in front of me and would listen
It took me many more years to find the practitioner who actually diagnosed me with Epstein-Barr Virus and gently explained to me that my nervous system had short-circuited as a result—hence the cause of me not sleeping. He put me on an anti-viral protocol, gradually weaned me off my sleep and anxiety meds, and helped me get my total groove back.
And during those long, slow, years, I had to be patient and pray and get through one whole day at a time. I had to suspend the disbelief that my treatment wouldn’t work. And, irony defined–I had to go vegan while promoting my latest book, Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat – a Paleo diet for women. (Clearly God has a sense of humor!)
There are so many gifts in going through physical hardships. In the process of fighting through brain fog, insomnia, depression and anxiety, I learned to love and care for my body in a deeply powerful way—especially as my weight cycled up and down throughout my journey. I learned the power of prayer, faith, optimism, and to trust that my body would eventually be able to heal itself.
This journey has helped me gain insights into what other people go through and develop resilience and stoicism along the way. And as a result, I’ve learned to practice detachment from the outcome and fall in love with the process of eating well and taking glorious care of myself. The rest of the pieces now take care of themselves.
My experience has grounded me in a way I never knew possible and gave me a spectacular perspective on all that you can accomplish in life–no matter what you’re going through behind the scenes. I feel blessed and grateful and thank God every day that my husband and son and friends all stuck with me through my journey back to wellness.
My sleep isn’t perfect; I still have to take a handful of supplements every night before bed, along with homeopathics, to sleep. But man I feel fantastic. And I’m crazy proud of the fact that I made it to the other side—and got my life back in the process. And I look forward to doing the same for you. I practice with compassion and tough love to give you the mindset tools and support you need to heal. If I could do it, so can you!
I hold MS, RD, CDN, and CNS certifications in Clinical and and Holistic Nutrition.
Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Simmons College in Boston
Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from New York University
Credentialed as a registered dietitian, a certified dietitian-nutritionist and a certified nutrition specialists, a license of the American College of Nutrition's certifying arm, the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists
Member of the American Dietetic Association, Dietitians in Functional Medicine, Nutritionists in Complementary Care, and the Connecticut Dietetic Association
Bestselling author of 4 books ~ 125,000 copies sold to date
Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous – Chronicle Books’ top-selling health book
Secrets of Gorgeous
Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous: 2010 Daily Calendar
The Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous Project
Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat
My 5th book is in the works(!)
Widely respected as an industry expert, I was voted Best Nutritionist by Manhattan Magazine. I've appeared on Dr. Oz, the Today Show, A Healthy You with Carol Alt, the ISAAC show, ABC-TV, FOX- 5's Good Day NY, and Fox News Live.
An in-demand wellness authority, I have contributed to E!Online, In Touch, Time Magazine, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, In Style, Bazaar, Self, Fitness, Marie Claire, and Cosmo. I also lecture widely to empower people to make eating a sensual and pleasure-filled experience.