Michelle Babb, MS, RD, CD, is a registered dietitian and holds a Master's degree in nutrition from Bastyr University.
She provides clients with the tools they need to achieve optimal health through nutrition education, creative fitness, and emotional balance.
Her special training in functional medicine gives her a unique, holistic perspective that helps her create customized nutritional therapies that empower clients to heal themselves.
Michelle has also trained at the Center for Mind Body Medicine, which has given her a variety of tools to help people change their relationship with food and become intelligent, intuitive eaters. Her anti-diet approach ensures success to those who want to lose weight, manage blood sugar and lower cholesterol.
Michelle has a passion for cooking and showing people how to make healthy eating fun and delicious.
She's a PCC Cooks instructor and also has a teaching kitchen where she conducts customized cooking classes in West Seattle.
12-Week ANTI-DIET Program
Are you ready to maintain a healthy weight and ditch dieting forever?
This innovative 12-week program incorporates mind-body nutrition to address unhealthy eating patterns and restore balance in the body. It's designed to teach you how to become an intelligent, intuitive eater without weighing food or counting calories:
Who's a good candidate?
Anyone who has been on a diet and felt deprived and resentful; Anyone who would like to have a healthier relationship with food; Anyone who struggles with a negative body image; Anyone who is tired of the sugar cravings and wants to eat in a nourishing way. Over the course of 12 weeks, you will learn about the concept of holistic wellness, which includes examining your eating patterns, exercise habits, sleep patterns and methods for dealing with stress. You'll set specific health goals and then follow a customized plan to help you successfully reach those goals. It's important to realize that this is NOT a diet, it's a way of re-shaping your lifestyle and modifying your environment to ensure long-term success.
What's included in the program?
Techniques to practice mindful eating without counting calories; Activities to identify and address unwanted eating patterns; Customized guidelines to restore balance in the body and correct nutritional deficiencies; Tools to reinvent your food environment at home; Food plans, sample menus and delicious recipes; Creative exercise ideas; Stress management techniques
Here's what clients are saying about the ANTI-DIET program
This program far exceeded my expectations!
It pulled me out of a terrible sugar funk, and I actually started swimming again (it's been decades!). I love the way I feel.
I've been on more diets than I can count!
I would lose weight and then gain it all back PLUS some. Michelle's 12-week program helped me get to the root cause of overeating. I still love to eat, but I do it in a way that's mindful and intentional.
What a treat to stop counting calories and obsessing over fat grams!
I look at food in a whole different way and I'm healthier inside and out as a result.
Enjoy the benefits of a detoxing anti-inflammatory cleanse. A safe, nutritionally-supported detoxification program can help rid the body of harmful toxins, cool down inflammation, and restore balance in the body. Partner with Michelle Babb, MS, RD, for this 21-day journey to restore balance in your body and put you on the path toward optimal health! Some of the benefits that have been associated with the cleanse include:
Reduced joint and muscle pain
Guided shopping tour to get you started with detox-friendly foods
Three weekly nutrition appointments at Michelle's office
Cooking and food prep tips
Guidance on nutritional supplements
Information to help you transition from your detox program to a healthy diet that supports your long-term wellness goals
General Allergies & Intolerances. For those who suffer from food allergies and intolerances, eating can become an unpleasant experience. Food allergies cause an immune response in the body and reactions can be immediate and severe, such as hives, swelling and breathing difficulties, or they can be delayed and less severe. The delayed reactions often go undiagnosed because the symptoms vary widely and can come on hours or days after eating the offending food. If you have a food allergy and are unaware, you may be eating foods that cause these delayed reactions every day. Common symptoms of food allergies include:
Gas and bloating
Diarrhea or constipation
Reflux (heart burn)
Depression and irritability
Using the Elimination Diet
The elimination diet is often considered the gold standard for identifying food allergies or intolerances. It involves removing common food allergens from the diet for a period of time (usually three weeks), systematically reintroducing those foods, and monitoring symptoms. Michelle has guided countless patients through the elimination diet with extraordinary results using the following approach:
Intake & Assessment
involves providing information about yourself and your eating habits and keeping a detailed diet diary for 3-7 days.
Grocery Shopping Tour
includes a guided trip to the grocery store that sets you up for success on the elimination diet.
a detailed description of how to challenge foods that have been eliminated and a system for tracking symptoms and identifying problem foods.
Food Allergy Survival Kit
recipes, resources and helpful hints to make it easier to help you avoid problem foods and still enjoy life!
guidance on foods and supplements that help heal the gut so that your body is less likely to treat food as a foreign invader.
Food as Medicine
Explore the Healing Properties of Food.
Eating a nutrient-dense, whole foods diet can help bolster the body's natural defense system and guard against metabolic imbalances.
When we're well nourished and our body systems are in balance we feel strong, healthy and energetic.
Sometimes our bodies can react to foods in unpredictable ways.
Modifying the diet and evaluating the need for supplementation is a non-invasive approach that can be very effective for addressing a variety of chronic conditions such as: Chronic fatigue; Fibromyalgia; Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Crohn's disease; Diverticulosis; Autoimmune diseases
Guidance for Therapeutic Diets
Michelle and the team of naturopaths she works with can provide guidance for a number of therapeutic diets that can be beneficial for chronic conditions. Use the chart below to see if you could benefit from a customized therapeutic nutrition plan.
Symptoms or Conditions
Blood sugar imbalance, metabolic syndrome, difficulty losing weight, high cholesterol, high triglycerides
a food plan consists of nutrient dense and high fiber foods that help stabilize blood sugar.
Elimination diet or detoxification diet
a 3-7 week program that focuses on eliminating problematic foods and providing nutrients to help the body rid itself of toxins.
a food plan for people with Candida (yeast) overgrowth. This low-sugar diet helps starve off the yeast.
Grocery Store Tours
Custom Cooking Classes
Location: Fernside Healing Studios, 3258 California Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98116 Come refine your cooking skills, try some new recipes and get inspired to make healthy meals! Michelle has just opened her kitchen studio and is ready to offer some fun and interesting classes. You can participate in group classes at a discounted rate, or you might choose to have a private lesson for you and a few friends or family members. Private Cooking Classes:
One-on-one private cooking lesson
that is completely customized based on your skill level and the type of foods you are interested in learning how to cook. You'll get to sample the food and take some home with you. Cost: varies based on time and food cost - please contact Michelle for pricing.
Friends and family cooking lesson
One private 1.5 hour hands-on cooking lesson where we decide on the menu in advance of our session and then I provide some nutrition education while we cook together. You'll get to sample the food and take some home with you. Cost based on a minimum of 3 participants. Cost includes food and beverage.
Three private 1.5 hour sessions that will give you some basic skills to prep and cook in a way that supports your health goals. We'll work on setting the menus together so that they're customized based on your collective interests. Cost based on a minimum of 3 participants. cost includes food and wine or other beverage.
(per person )$200.00
One private 2-hour session that focuses on the basics of healthy cooking. Session can be customized based on your interests. Cost includes food/beverage costs.
Are you struggling with creating a healthy environment in the home? Have you every wished that you could have a nutritionist come into your home to help your family develop healthier eating habits? Michelle Babb, registered dietitian and certified SHAPEDOWN® provider, enjoys meeting with families in their own environment to motivate every family member to take steps toward better nutrition.
What's involved in a home visit?
Each home visit is different, depending upon the family's needs, but a typical home visit may include one or more of the following:
a comprehensive discussion with all family members to determine each person's health goals and identify potential barriers.
learn how to become an expert label reader, find hidden food ingredients and work with Michelle to clean out the pantry and refrigerator to make room for the good stuff!
Grocery shopping field trip
Michelle accompanies you on a trip to your grocery store to help you select nutritious foods and streamline your shopping.
Food prep workshop
for those who feel like they want to eat healthy but don't have time to prepare nutritious meals and snacks. Michelle works with you in your kitchen to show you some tricks of the trade that make healthy eating fast and easy.
Am I good candidate for a home visit?
Any family could benefit from a home visit. If you can identify with any of the following statements, a home visit is for you:
I'm concerned about my family's eating habits, but I don't know where to start
I have a difficult time fitting meal planning and cooking into our busy family schedule
My child is overweight and I'd like to start setting healthier examples
Meal time feels very unstructured and chaotic
Some insurance plans cover nutrition counseling. Michelle Babb is a preferred provider with many of the major insurance carriers including: Regence/Blue Cross-Blue Shield; Aetna; Premera; WholeHealth Networks; First Choice. Nutrition coverage differs with each plan, so if you have insurance through one of the providers listed above you should contact your customer service representative to check your benefits. Questions to ask your insurance provider include: Does my plan cover nutrition visits with a registered dietitian who is a preferred provider?; Do I need to have a referral from my primary care physician?; Do I have a limit on how many visits I am allowed? You will need to bring your insurance card to your first appointment.
One-to-one nutrition counseling is available in Michelle's West Seattle office. These sessions are for individuals, couples or families and are customized based on your health and wellness goals. This type of session works well for: Therapeutic nutrition; Weight loss; Food allergies. out-of-pocket - must be paid at time of service or first visit.
Inital visit (60-75 minutes)$135.00
Follow-up visits (60 minutes)$120.00
8-Week Anti-Diet Program: Sustainable Weight Loss & Mindful Eating
This 8-week group program is designed to help you ditch the dieting mentality forever and develop a healthy relationship with food. You'll learn how to appreciate the nourishing properties of food and leave calorie counting behind. This program includes: An emphasis on foods that help you naturally restore balance in your body; Identification of destructive eating behaviors; Alternatives to emotional eating; Guidance on how to create a healthier relationship with food; Instructions and activites to transform you into a mindful, intuitive eater; Resources to help you be successful on your journey toward optimal wellness. Fee for 8-week program includes one individual session and seven group sessions over the course of eight weeks. PROGRAM STARTS FEBRUARY 11, 2014 and meetings will be held on Tues. evenings from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at 5410 California Ave. SW, suite 102.
12-Week Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Program for Weight Loss
This 12-week program is designed to help facilitate lasting weight loss and includes a comprehensive food plan, guidelines for leading an active life, stress management techniques and much more. This program is extremely effective for: Healthy, sustainable weight loss; Managing weight-related problems such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure; Improving energy and providing motivation. Fee for 12-week program - includes 8 visits over the course of 12 weeks.
12-Week program(over $1,000 value)$775.00
21-Day Anti-Inflammatory Cleanse
This comprehensive anti-inflammatory detox program involves omitting common food allergens and other health-depleting food ingredients from the diet and eating nutritious and delicious foods that support optimal detoxification. Benefits of detox include: Weight loss; Improved energy; Mood stability; Better digestion; Skin improvements.
21-Day program (includes 4 visits)(paid at time of first visit)$295.00
Invite Michelle into your home to get hands-on help transforming your environment into one that supports your health and wellness goals. This type of session works well for: Families interested in weight management; Families coping with food allergies; Individuals needing help transforming their kitchen.
Initial visit (90 minutes)(must be paid at time of service)$200.00
Follow-up visits (60 minutes)(must be paid at time of service)$160.00
Home visit package
Four visits for $425 (must be paid at time of first visit). This comprehensive nutrition makeover includes:
Goal setting session
in your home to help determine each family members health goals.
to help you weed out the junk and make room for delicious, nourishing foods.
Guided grocery store tour
to fill your cart with foods that make it easier to be healthy throughout the week.
In-home cooking workshop
to learn time-saving tricks and easy cooking methods for family-friendly meals and snacks.