“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” – Joseph Campbell

My Story

I grew up in the restaurant industry (in my Vietnamese mom’s NY-style Jewish delis in Texas…long story), and knew I wanted to become a dietitian since 8th grade.

Back then, my thinking was simply, “You mean there’s a job where I can talk about food and help people — without the restaurant hours? I’m in!”

I moved to Seattle from Dallas about 15 years ago to earn my master’s in nutrition at Bastyr, thinking the school’s holistic approach would complement my conventional undergraduate training in nutrition. (I was right.)

Before moving to Seattle, I helped formulate multivitamins and other supplements. And I’m a proud co-founder of Zing bars, a line of energy bars available nationwide.

Today, I feel like I’m finally home professionally, coaching people to a healthier relationship with food at Mindful Nutrition.

An Evidence-Based Approach

My approach to nutrition is backed by research and clinical experience.

Food doesn’t have to be a huge source of stress in your life. And you don’t have to give up your favorite foods to be healthy (or only eat them on “cheat days”).

I help people learn how to ultimately become their own food expert, using an
evidence-based approach called Intuitive Eating (now backed by over 90 studies).

Rather than constantly looking outside of yourself for answers, I’ll show you how to tune into yourself. Becoming an Intuitive Eater is a gateway to gaining more self-trust.

It Actually Makes Perfect Sense Why You’re Eating the Way You Are

What you’re doing makes perfect logical sense. You might not think that now but once you understand more about biology and psychology, it’ll become clearer.

By understanding the biological and psychological “whys” behind your habits (beyond “I’m an emotional eater”), my hope is that you’ll naturally become more compassionate toward yourself.

When you work with me, you’ll discover new ways of thinking about food and move closer to your own personal wellness vision. You’ll experiment with what you learn in a session and incorporate it in your real life — where the real learning happens.

I’ve helped guide clients to get off the diet rollercoaster, stop beating themselves up about food, practice more self-compassion, and truly enjoy eating again — in a way that feels good to their body and mind.

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A Bit More About Me

Aside from work, I love trying new restaurants, having friends over for dinner, enjoying kid-friendly happy hours, and people-watching at the Ballard Farmer’s Market. You’ll also find me catching episodes of TopChef and Netflix comedy specials, geeking out on podcasts, and hanging out with my husband and two sons.

I’m currently working on my certification to become a yoga teacher (RYT-200) through Whole Life Yoga. I’m excited to expand my offerings to support others to better connect with their bodies and cultivate self-compassion, self-trust, and wellbeing.

I have referred more clients to Minh-Hai than I can count. The consistent response from my clients is that she “gets them.” Minh-Hai is one of the most gifted dietitians I have worked with in my 20 year eating disorder treatment career
Allison Puryear, LCSW, CEDS

Private practice eating disorder therapist + owner of Abundance Practice Building

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