I am a real food lover that is all about creating a balance between real and nostalgic foods.
Education & Professional Background
Starla Garcia, M.Ed, RDN, LD is a University of Houston cross country and track alumna. She studied nutrition at the University of Houston, earned a Master of Education in Health Education, and completed her dietetic internship at her alma mater.
Starla is a registered, licensed dietitian with years of experience working with clients in hospitals and outpatient clinics manage their conditions to find their true wellness. She specializes in women’s health, prenatal nutrition, weight management, pediatric nutrition, diabetes, heart disease, eating disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, as well as sports nutrition.
If you are looking to achieve a healthy weight, feel more energized, and increase your confidence; Starla helps you to become the best version of yourself.
There are so many different ways to approach a healthy lifestyle and it can really start with the real food we eat. My mission is to help you find your way back to your version of health and to use food to nourish a healthy relationship with eating and your body.
My passion for nutrition came after battling an eating disorder as a student-athlete during my collegiate years. The pressures of performing well and my own perfectionism led to restricting myself from my favorite foods, over-exercising, and feeling guilty about what I ate.
When I finally realized that my obsession with nutrition was affecting my overall well-being, my dietitian was there to guide me the entire way to find my shine again.
From that experience I learned key health practices that allowed me to love my body, regain my running career, and redefine what womanhood looks like for me. These key practices: intuitive eating, exercising because I enjoy it, self care, and balancing my love for all kinds of food with wholesome ones allow me to live my best life possible.
Throughout my life I’ve always known I wanted to make a difference in other people’s health and encourage them to be the best versions of themselves. The Healthy Shine, shares what I've learned on my journey to eating well and loving my body in hopes you will be able to define your own version of what overall well-being looks like for you.