“Take care of your body, it is the only place you have to live.”
Eliza Gass MS, RD has always been fascinated by the brilliant and seamless complexities of the human body. This fascination was the driving force of Eliza’s pursuit to become a nutrition professional. Eliza first obtained a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science before receiving a master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. She is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor and is credentialed as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Eliza works in an integrated health clinic providing individualized nutrition counseling tailored to varying patient needs. Her nutrition philosophy supports a holistic approach to nutrition and eating wherein food fuels body, mind, and spirit. She believes that the diet should be composed of mostly real, whole, minimally processed foods. She also recognizes the strong ties that food and eating have to culture, social interaction, pleasure, and the environment and attempts to view nutritional science through those lenses. Eliza views the diet as a lifelong eating pattern and encourages consumers to be weary of diets that promise a quick fix, that require immense supplementation and financial input, or that eliminate one or more of the main food groups. Eliza also recognizes and values the importance of the connectivity between land and food. The land is our only food resource and it is imperative to understand and respect it. Eliza enjoys, foraging, planting, gardening, and harvesting food.
Aside from nutrition, Eliza has one other main passion: the mountains. Eliza was born and raised in the heart of Southwest Colorado’s San Juan Mountains. She enjoys exploring their wild terrain through cycling, hiking, snowboarding, and spending nights under the stars.