My Story

Whole Foods Diet

I started my journey to Nutrition Coaching three years ago when I heard a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner speaking at my gym.

I was fascinated and decided that I too wanted to help people understand better food choices so they could reduce pain, increase energy, and enjoy their lives.

I was hooked, began making changes to my own diet and saw amazing things happen: I had better energy levels throughout the day, I no longer got shaky or had “brain fog” due to hunger between meals, and the frequency and severity of my headaches – which had been multiple times a week before – significantly reduced. My husband can attest to a marked drop in the frequency with which I would get “hangry”.

I knew I needed to pass this knowledge and way of eating on to as many people as I could so I took the Nutritional Therapy Association’s certification program and here I am today.

I learned that much of the popularized understanding of nutrition I had believed until this point was lacking in solid scientific evidence, did not contribute to good energy levels, weight loss, or overall health, and worst of all could actually cause major nutritional deficiencies and even disease.

I went to see him as a client first, to get a better idea of what his practice looked like and… yes, as a side benefit maybe gain a few health recommendations for myself. But I arrogantly thought I would REALLY impress him with my fabulous health next to all those “other, unhealthy” folks he was working with. After all, I was a marathon runner, triathlete, and usually ate lots of vegetables. I did not yet know what sort of humbling I was in for!

Ready to equip you with the knowledge, resources, and strategies that will be necessary to eat foods that energize, heal, and satiate you in your daily life – no matter how busy you are – so you can work and enjoy life unencumbered, just like I do.

My Approach to Nutrition

I believe that our bodies were created by God to be healthy and full of life, but we live in a world that is broken in ways that impact every aspect of our lives, including our health. The state of our bodies impacts our experience of everything around us: our attitudes and outlook on life, all of our relationships, our ability to work productively, our enjoyment of the world.

Restoring health to our bodies is a long process, and we must strive for progress rather than perfection.

I coach my clients through transitioning toward a whole food, properly prepared, nutrient dense diet. By eating whole, nutrient dense foods, we seek to avoid processed and refined foods, and rather eat foods that roamed or grew in the earth or sea in as natural of a form as possible. Food preparation is also fundamental to maximize the nutritional benefit of the food and I coach clients on techniques for proper soaking, dehydrating, fermenting, heating, storing, and combination of foods.

While coaching clients through dietary changes is the foundation of my practice, often disease or other physical ailments require additional healing beyond choosing appropriate foods and preparation. I use a variety of tools to identify and address nutritional deficiencies and offer food supplements to support the body’s natural healing processes.

Would you benefit from this approach? Please reach out to me and I’d be happy to offer you a free 30-minute consultation to understand your concerns and goals. Or read more about the services I offer.


Barb Skinner Nutrition Coach

Barb Skinner

I am a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association. I graduated from Whitworth University with a B.A. In Political Science and Spanish. I am married to my wonderful husband Colin and we live in North Portland with our dog Sprout. I enjoy running, cycling, and most other outdoor activities. I am part of a church plant in Vancouver, WA called Iona Community where I help lead worship by singing and playing guitar. I love cooking, reading, and my favorite place in the world is the Oregon coast, specifically Manzanita.