Hi, I'm Tova!

Get To Know Me!

Food is powerful. It impacts health and wellbeing in profound ways. I’ve done just about every diet there is, and it’s taken me years to find what works for me, is sustainable, keeps me physically healthy, and keeps me at a healthy weight. I am passionate about eating real, whole food as often as possible.

When it comes to figuring out my diet and helping others on their weight loss journey, I take a holistic approach. This means I integrate various lifestyle components in addition to diet such as stress level, sleep quality, activity, and connection to others.

I struggled for years trying to make very low carbohydrate diets work for me. Fed up and concerned about the health impact of a diet so high in animal products, I switched to a 100% whole food plant based vegan diet. I instantly lost about 10 pounds eating high carb whole food like fruit, beans, whole grains, and sweet potatoes. 

Eventually I settled into my current omnivorous diet. I love organic boneless skinless chicken! Plants predominant in my eating. I avoid added sugar and refined processed junk food as often as possible. 

I love being active. Yoga is one of my favorite things to do! I also really enjoy group work out classes at my gym. I also keep an eye on my emotional health, making sure to include activities and people in my life aligned with my values.

I have a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, an MBA, a certificate in Integrative Nutrition from UCSD Extension, and am currently enrolled in a drama therapy master’s program.

Wisdom

Some things to keep in mind as you navigate your healthy eating path

I want to underscore the importance of a foundation in real whole nutrient dense food and the elimination of processed food and added sugar.

Tova Abelman

…on diet

Having healthy well-constructed guidelines around your eating or some kind of structure is very important. Because then you only have one rule to follow: Follow Your Food Plan. Watch and manage anything that tries to take you off that path.

Tova Abelman

…on structured eating

When you give up unhealthy eating habits it can be like ripping off a bandaid, leaving you exposed and raw to the world. This is an opportunity for your personal growth. Now you can make changes in your life that have little to do with food and much more to do with your happiness and wellbeing.  

Tova Abelman

…on changing eating habits

What Can I Do for You?

My approach to helping you change your eating includes:

Focus on Real Whole Food

No diet gimmicks.  I will help you create a flexible healthy eating program that works for you. 

Cravings & Mindset

Cravings are one of the greatest challenges when it comes to sustaining healthy behaviors! My solution addresses the underlying biology of cravings as well as the emotional components.

Logistics and Planning

I’ll help you identify exactly what you need to do to start turning your healthy lifestyle into a reality. From finding recipes to navigating a restaurant, we’ll work on the nuts and bolts of implementing change.

Questions?

I’d be happy to hear from you!