Paula offers virtual consultation via video conferencing and telephone with clients across the country!
Nutrition is the foundation of health in the body, and just as concrete and steel can create a sure foundation for our homes, nourishing the body with real, nutrient-dense foods can build a healthy body from which we can enjoy an abundantly healthy life!
It sounds simple, not like rocket science, and yet our modern lifestyle and environment can make achieving real health impossible for many. The reasons for this are endless…Lack of knowledge and understanding, marketing gimmicks that cause confusion, unrealistic expectations, lack of self awareness, overwhelming life circumstances, excessive stress, genetic issues, dependence on modern medicine, financial barriers, and often loss of hope that vital health is actually achievable.
Paula Carper is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who specializes in helping clients make changes to their food environment (diet) using an Integrative and Functional Medicine approach to health and wellness. When working with clients, Paula evaluates systems of the body to determine problem areas that may indicate a significant underlying problem or “root cause”. Paula also considers the environment that her clients live in, evaluating foods, exercise, sleep, stress, medications, personal care products, cleaning products and more. Often, addressing problem areas by making appropriate changes to the client’s personal environment offers significant improvement in sub-clinical symptoms (symptoms doctors have not linked to any diagnosable condition). Clients often feel relieved and encouraged that their illness is not “all in their head”.
Paula provides education and support for her clients privately, through classes, and through multiple media formats. Her goal is to help you to build the diet and lifestyle that works for you, allowing you the freedom to enjoy life to the fullest! Her deepest desire is for all of her clients to experience True Change.
The roots of Paula’s passion for nutrition and movement run deep. Growing up in South Louisiana she and her identical twin sister were steeped in the Cajun culture where good food, dance, faith, and joie de vivre are the foundations of community. As a teenager when she and her sister began experiencing the effects of all that good food coupled with sugar and processed foods, her aunt, who was her dance instructor, advised her mother to limit sugar and junk food intake. That intervention created an awareness of the importance of nutrition and was a catalyst that sparked Paula’s passion for nutrition and her career as a dietitian. While studying nutrition in college Paula became an aerobic instructor and personal trainer working in a regional hospital-based wellness center. There among strong mentors, her passion for wellness through nutrition and movement became firmly rooted. Upon completing graduate school and her dietetic internship, Paula began her career as a clinical dietitian. After many years in the healthcare system she felt unfulfilled in the medical setting and found herself longing to return to the wellness environment. During a period of prolonged stress while working in a management position in healthcare, Paula began experiencing health challenges of her own. Frustrated with the minimization of the role of nutrition in the healthcare system and the lack of answers it had for her and others, Paula began to return to her roots in wellness and discovered Integrative and Functional Medicine. She began her private practice in January 2013 and has since helped hundreds improve their health through nutrition.
Paula enjoys living the country life in Brenham, Texas with her husband and step-son. She enjoys cooking, dancing, and spending time with family and friends in her spare time. In 2014, she opened a Pilates studio and wellness boutique in Brenham with her twin sister, Patti (The best Pilates Instructor in the world!). She teaches Power Pilates Mat classes, TotalBarre Fitness classes, and nutrition workshops at the studio. She loves helping others discover new ways to prepare nutritious foods and takes joy in seeing students and clients transform their health and lives through nutrition and movement.