Tara started her fitness journey at 30 having completed several half and full marathons. In 2013, she found CrossFit and since then her love for the sport has only grown. As a nutrition coach, she hopes to help all her clients gain control of their nutrition—not just in the moment, but for their lifetime, which aligns with her mantra: “Live your best life.”
What is one thing your most successful nutrition clients have in common?
Consistency! My most successful clients have made their nutrition and activity a top priority in their lives. That means prioritizing time for meal planning and cooking and getting in some daily activities. They have the same amount of time as everyone else but they prioritize differently to get it done. By prioritizing their goals, they are able to consistently hit them. That doesn’t necessarily mean hitting their macros every day, but it means making decisions based on their goals and keeping the foundation in place even when life gets busy.
What's your top macro-friendly dish to bring to a dinner party?
I love bringing salads to a dinner party. There are so many delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables to make salads interesting and delicious. I’m obsessed with beets and goat cheese salads and antipasto salads at the moment. Bringing a salad as a side dish means I will get in my veggies and fiber and have something nutritious to fill up on.
What’s an essential part of your daily routine?
An essential part of my daily routine is walking. I walk my dog, Queenie, every morning because she loves it, and I do too. It’s my time to clear my head and get in some sunshine. It’s also amazing to slow down and watch the world through her perspective while getting in some low-impact activity and NEAT.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?
I love spending time with friends and family. My ideal day off starts with morning yoga or an early CrossFit class, followed by coffee and either socializing with friends or going out to eat with my husband and kids. Also, someone else would be doing the housework!
Where’s the next place on your travel bucket list and why?
Italy - I want to explore the coast and the city and eat some amazing Italian food. There is so much history and culture that I want to see and experience.
Which of your personality traits are you most proud of?
I’d say my ability to be patient and calm under stress or pressure. It works really well in the coaching space because I tend to see the big picture and don’t make reactive emotional decisions. I can take time, think through a situation, and come up with a solution that meets the needs of the client.
Are there any causes that you are passionate about? If so, why?
I am passionate about teaching children about nutrition and fitness in schools. It’s so important to teach children while they are young to prevent childhood obesity and to educate them on how to take care of their health. At WAG, we can make an impact by educating parents (our clients) and teaching them how to cook nutritious meals for their families.
What’s your favorite aisle in the grocery store?
It’s got to be the produce section. I really love fruits and vegetables. I love the flavor and variety they add to meals.
What makes you laugh the most?
Funny movies! I love a good comedy movie that gets me laughing out loud. 21 Jump Street is one that always makes me laugh.
Who’s your dream dinner party guest, living or dead?
My grandma. She passed when I was younger and I never really got the opportunity to cook for her. She passed down a lot of amazing recipes, and I wish I would have had the chance to cook with her or to cook for her. As I’ve gotten older, I realize how similar we are and I would love the chance to sit down and chat with her more over a delicious meal.