Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC
Owner & Founder of Balanced Bites;
Certified Nutrition Consultant;
New York Times Best-Selling author of Practical Paleo
Weston A. Price Foundation
Nutrition & Metabolism Society
Diane is a Holistic Nutritionist specializing in Paleo nutrition, blood sugar regulation, food allergies/intolerances and digestive health.
Practice & Certifications
Diane holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, a Holistic Nutrition Consultant Certification from Bauman College in Berkeley, CA, a CHEK Institute Holistic Lifestyle Coach Certification, and a Poliquin BioSignature Modulation Certification.
Through the Balanced Bites Podcast, Workshops and 1:1 consultations, Diane specializes in helping clients resolve concerns around the following issues:
- Regulating blood sugar levels related to hypoglycemia and Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes
- Digestive distress, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, bloating and gas
- Concerns about high or low cholesterol and high triglycerides
- Increasing and stabilizing energy levels throughout the day
- Food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances (including but not limited to gluten, dairy, soy & nuts)
- Therapeutic nutrition coaching for autoimmune conditions including but not limited to Celiac Disease, thyroid conditions, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s Disease
Diane has also worked with clients who need additional assistance with making the switch to a Paleo, Primal or Ancestral/Weston A. Price-style diet; as well as those who have already made this change but are struggling to make progress with weight loss, digestive distress, low energy, autoimmunity or other health-related conditions. She is also a Poliquin Biosignature Modulation Practitioner qualified to assess the hormonal regulation of body fat to further optimize client health. Please note: Diane is not currently taking new clients.
Paleolithic Solution Seminar - Robb Wolf, March 2010, September 2010 & March 2011
Functional Endocrinology - Dr. Datis Kharrazian, July 2010
Understanding the Complexity of Gluten Sensitivity - Dr. Datis Kharrazian, January 2011
Breaking the Complex Web of Leaky Gut - Dr. Datis Kharrazian, February 2011
Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis - Dr. Datis Kharrazian, February 2011
The Brain-Gut Axis - Dr. Datis Kharrazian, March 2011.
To read more about the program Diane studied at Bauman College and about studying nutrition, check out this post. Read about her personal journey through different nutritional approaches here.
Read more about Diane’s story & philosophy here.
From Charissa: A little bit about me…
I am a mother of two furry four-legged children and a fitness trainer. My passion for health and fitness has evolved beyond just being a trainer, and I am currently studying Holistic Health Care at The Southwest Institute of the Healing Arts. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work for Diane and help others find their own path to complete wellness. (Insert happy dance here!)
My Path to Paleo
I use to live for KFC, pizza, bagels and Kraft Mac & Cheese. I did not step foot into a gym until I was 27; well – something stuck, because later that year I quit smoking and became a personal trainer. I received 200 hours of nutrition education and thought I knew it all. I recommend and followed a diet of lean meats, brown rice, low-fat yogurt, veggies, fruit, and “healthy” whole grains. I thought I was healthy, but I did not feel healthy – so began my run of diets. Jillian Michael’s meal plan, The Kind Diet, low-fat Diets, Clean Food diets – I even did the Master Cleanse. I counted calories, weighed my food, ate 6 meals per day and became more obsessed with all things health and fitness. One day, the owner of the Gym I worked for pulled his trainers and a few regular clients out back and had us do a strange workout. At the time I had no idea I was doing CrossFit! I have to thank him for that – because of that workout, I found my way into a CrossFit gym and shortly thereafter I found myself sitting in a Balanced Bites seminar. That is when I had my “Ah-Ha!” moment.
What “Paleo” has done for me
Before Paleo I had to sleep sitting up because of heartburn. I had painful gas, my digestive system was all “messed up,” and my menstrual cycle was all-over-the-place. I also suffered from bouts of depression and anxiety; I would even have the occasional anxiety attack. After just 30 days of Paleo, everything changed. I have not taken a heartburn or Gas-X pill in over a year, and my menstrual cycle is normal. I have not suffered from depression or anxiety in over a year. On top of that, I have never felt better about myself, my life, and my health.