Hey there! I’m Cassie Kanable, BS, NTP. I’m a “real food” based nutrition consultant, Certified 21-Day Sugar Detox Coach, Beautycounter Consultant, and Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner behind Stumptown Nutrition. I have an active nutrition practice where I help women design a life & body that they love through nourishing food & digestive wellness.
I’m also a writer, hiker, podcast lover, wife, and mother to a 1 year old, spunky red-headed boy. My husband and I live in a small town just east of Portland with our son & chocolate lab, Paisley. I enjoy teaching cooking & fermentation classes and working with clients both locally & remotely all over the country. I speak locally at gyms, community centers, and in corporate settings about nutrition, local & sustainable food systems, and better beauty & skin care products.
I grew up on a Standard American Diet (SAD), full of processed foods, margarine, refined grains, sugary soda and candy. As a child I was extremely active in ballet, track, and softball but my activity level diminished through high school and college due to my love of academics and my perfectionist nature. As a high school student I had trouble sleeping and struggled with migraine headaches. I went to see countless specialists to get to the bottom of why I was having migraines but no one was able to help me. All of my scans and blood work were normal. Not once did any of my physicians suggest a diet or lifestyle change.
At the age of 14, I began my first summer job at a small, local, family-run cafe where I worked in the front of house as a server. Early mornings at the cafe meant helping the chef & owner with opening duties. I found myself showing up to work earlier and earlier so I could try my hand at kneeding dough for the day’s pastries, roasting potatoes, making fresh soups from scratch, and sneaking spoonfuls of hollandaise and bits of smoked salmon. This began my love affair with the restaurant industry and my passion for cooking. My first job at this small cafe still fuels my vision for owning a real-food based restaurant someday.
In college, I continued to work in the restaurant industry while studying to become an economist & mathematician. My husband and I married in August 2005, after our first year of undergrad. As a new wife, I was so excited to begin a new chapter of life and to start cooking for our little family! When we moved into our first apartment, I attempted to make better food choices by preparing more of our meals at home and choosing low-fat, low-calorie snacks & meals. I switched us over to all non-fat or low-fat dairy, diet soda, and tons of carbohydrate based snacks (yuck!). Throughout college, my activity level dwindled and my appetite increased with the stress of straight A’s, a full-time job, and being newly married. We can all joke about the freshman 15, but no one warned me about the undergraduate 50. I was so concerned with having a perfect grade point average and earning an income that I let me health continually slip.
In the summer of 2008, my husband and I moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where I pursued my master’s degree in natural resource economics. It was in Colorado that I discovered my love for hiking and the outdoors in general. I started to notice my physical limitations on the trail and realized that I was constantly holding my hiking buddies back (although they never would have hinted at it). I found myself in the second year of my master’s program, 65lbs overweight and miserable. I saw a photo of myself from family gathering over Christmas of 2009 and had an instant realization of how unhealthy and unhappy I had become.
Being the perfectionist that I am, I began to research the most effective weight loss methods. Everything I read said to eat less and exercise more so I started writing down everything I was eating, counting calories, and logging my workouts. Surprise, surprise…I was exhausted and hungry all the time following the conventional wisdom. After hearing about a family member’s success on a low-carbohydrate diet I decided to give it a try. When I first began this low-carbohydrate program it was full of crappy soy-based products for two meals a day and one real-food based meal of lean meat, green vegetables, and very little fat. Looking forward at how much weight I had to lose, I grew frustrated with the cost of the products. I decided to evaluate the nutrition information and figure out how to cook the food myself rather than get it from shakes, bars, and fake foods that tasted like the cardboard box they came in. Throughout this process I began to research low-carbohydrate diets specifically and quickly realized I was eating far too little fat to make this a sustainable lifestyle change.
I switched gears, creating my own low-carbohydrate protocol full of healthy fats from olive oil, avocado, & coconut, animal protein, and tons of fresh veggies. After 5 months of tinkering, hard work, tons of cooking & food prep, (and no cheating!) I was down 50lbs and feeling great. My headaches were gone and my life-long love with food had morphed into a passion for the study of nutrition.
As I was nearing my body composition goals, I started experimenting with carbohydrates as I’d seen them suggested for weight maintenance in my research. I experimented & reintroduced “healthy” whole grains, low-fat dairy, and fruit slowly in phases until all were incorporated. When I added grains and dairy back in, I just didn’t feel quite right. My headaches returned and I struggled with my nutrition and weight maintenance for a year.
After an entire year of very little progress, I finally decided to give the whole working out thing a go and found myself in a local globo gym. I’m not sure how it worked out, but I got connected with the perfect personal trainer (now one of my CrossFit coaches) who actually knew what she was doing. She got me feeling confident and helped me shed another 10lbs through weight lifting and boot camp style workouts but I still struggled with poor digestion and energy levels.
About a year after my first day at the globo gym, my trainer and other friends encouraged me to try this thing called CrossFit. I researched it a little bit and I have to admit, I was frightened. But alas, there was a Groupon for a new local CrossFit box! So I bit the bullet, attended my first class, and immediately fell in love. Here enters the real food and movement revolution in my life. CrossFit led to the Zone Diet, the Zone Diet led to Zone Paleo, which let to me to a clean Paleo/Primal lifestyle. I once again cut out grains & dairy, healed my gut, balanced my blood sugar, and leaned out even more.
I immediately became an advocate for all things Paleo/Primal in the gym and my fellow CrossFitters started asking questions. Eventually I realized I was already a health coach and I’d better make it official. In late 2013 I enrolled in the Nutritional Therapy program through the Nutritional Therapy Association. I now hold a certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. The NTP program completely changed my life. I learned how to balance blood sugar, heal leaky gut, boost athletic performance, detoxify the body, improve immune function, and most importantly–I learned to be a nutrient-seeker.
In the spring of 2014, I launched Stumptown Nutrition and moved into a small office inside a local CrossFit gym. In December 2015, my husband and I welcomed our little Paleo baby into this world and the past year has been a whirlwind of postpartum recovery and grown in the business. I continue to learn more about nutrition, local & sustainable food systems, prenatal & postpartum care, and better beauty & skin care products through conferences, current research, books and a few fabulous mentors. Today the business has grown into a blog, online coaching, local seminars & cooking classes, and a new office inside Thrive Chiropractic. If you’d like to learn more about how to work with me, click here.