The Low-Down on Diana
Diana is originally from Brookville, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics and completed a Dietetics Internship at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota.
What is Her Specialty
Diana has been a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist since 1983 and a Certified Diabetes Educator since 2005. Her expertise throughout her career has been in the areas of health improvement through healthy eating and regular physical activity for individuals with diabetes, prediabetes, heart disease, and weight issues. She was Program Director for the local HMR Program for Weight Management 2008-2017. She has taken a special interest in optimizing nutrition for peak performance of her clients, many of whom have been Without Limits athletes.
Defining Moment in Her Career
“I have always been very passionate about helping my clients achieve their health and weight goals by making small, achievable changes in their eating lifestyle. When Phillip and I started endurance training with the Without Limits Coaching team, it became very clear that we needed to improve our nutrition plan and implement changes in the way we cook and eat and the timing of meals and snacks around training and races.” As she was able to make these changes at home and see the improvements in their athletic performance, Diana started to offer nutrition counseling to her WOL friends and other athletes.
Diana did not start running until age 50, when the Without Limits Lite Group (now known as Level 2) was formed in the Fall of 2010. She started as most nonrunners do, with a walk to run program, then signed up for a few local 5 K races that her husband or kids were doing. Wrightsville Beach Half Marathon 2012 was her first “goal race” and of course the goal was to finish, which she did thanks to a 20-week training plan from Coach Kristen!
Watching her husband, Phillip, run his first Boston Marathon in 2015 prompted Diana to “try” to run her first Full Marathon at Wrightsville Beach in 2016. She ran WBM again in 2017 and 2018 and was joyfully able to achieve her personal best and a Boston Marathon Qualifying time of 4:03:06 at age 58.
The Marathon, of course!
Small Steak, Large Baked Potato and a glass of Red Wine the night before a long run!
Top Songs on her Playlist
Do It Again by Elevation Worship
What Does Diana Do?
Developing a strong plan for nutrition starts with assessing your current habits, setting goals around eating behaviors you want to change to achieve your health and performance goals, and as you implement those changes, monitoring your progress. Diana shares that most athletes (as well as most nonathletes) know what they should eat, but the stressors of life, a busy schedule, work, family etc. often get in the way of healthy eating. “The importance of planning and preparation of meals and snacks is equaled by the value of being open and accountable to your nutritionist; together we can do great things.”
Diana is very excited to join the Without Limits team to provide Nutrition Consulting Services to all interested athletes and nonathletes.