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nutrition, functional medicine

Liz Abel,



Many of my clients seek out my help because they feel exhausted. In addition to relentless fatigue, my clients also tend to experience anxiety, belly and poop problems, period problems, hormone imbalance, thyroid diagnoses, and more. 

Do you simply want to feel like yourself again?

If so, you have come to the right place. 

As an anti-diet nutritionist and functional medicine practitioner. I will help you reclaim your health and your sense of self. I work with clients 1:1 to co-create strategies that feel like little steps but lead to big results. 

I look forward to seeing you soon. 



I'm a second-career nutritionist. But the reality is I've spent my entire career coaching others. First, it was in the field of leadership and organizational communication. Now, it's about integrative health. 

I started free + abel in 2011, and graduated with a Masters Degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health in 2015.  

I hold the following certificates: Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor (Intuitive Eating PROs 2019), Certified Nutrition Specialist (American Nutrition Association 2016),  Functional Medicine Practitioner (Kalish Institute 2014), Integrative Nutrition Heath Coach (Institute for Integrative Nutrition 2011). Additionally, Registered Yoga Teacher - 200 hour (Yoga Alliance); Certified Reiki Master (Usui Reiki); Medicinal Aromatherapy Level 1 training (Wisdom of the Earth); Crystal healing; Sound healing. 

I hold professional nutrition licenses in multiple states.

I am a co-founder and co-owner of two businesses. Clinician's Incubator provides supervision to CNS candidates. Nutrition Hive provides nutrition counseling services across most of the United States.  

nutrition philosophy

My name is Liz Freeman Abel. 

I help people make small food and lifestyle changes,
which lead up to big results over time.

Health is not measured by how skinny you are,

regardless of what the media would like us to believe.

Health is about how you feel. 

I help people feel better.

It's that simple. 

Together, we co-create custom nutrition and lifestyle suggestions using a variety of modalities.



MY health STORY

In 2010 I was involved in a freak accident on the playground. It involved one of those handle-less spinning contraptions. The victim of an unintentional fast spin, I was catapulted off 

and landed on my back and head with a 50-pound godchild pulled into my side.


While surgery on my neck would have been the recommended course of action, I wanted

to explore other avenues. Luckily I had a great physical therapist who was supportive

of my exploration (as long as I followed his advice)! I was in bed for weeks.

It was a long road to recovery. I was not allowed to practice yoga or even walk around the block.

I counted each time an electric nerve pain went shooting down my arm.

It was dozens of times each hour. 


I understand chronic, debilitating pain.

Eventually, my PT sent me to a chiropractor, who gave me an "anti-inflammatory diet" handout.  I believed from that point on that I could change my health through food. I just had to learn how.

And so I did.

Approximately 14 months after the accident, my nerve pain was minimal. It wasn't gone yet, but my life was back on track. I could get back to doing my crazy, over-worked, over-stressed life. 

Until that backfired.


I spent the first 15 years of my working life in agencies and corporations. I had an extensive global travel schedule and easily found myself working 14 hour days. Fast forward to age 35 and I was experiencing the worst mood swings. My temper was out of control. And I was constantly waking up in the middle of the night. My OBGYN said "it's normal, just perimenopausal."


One thing is true: you know your body best.

And my massive mood swings and angry outbursts and poor sleep was anything but normal.

Nor was I willing to let it become my "new normal."

Yet again, I found the right practitioner, at the right time, to help me navigate through these imbalances. And again, I believed that I could change my health through lifestyle and some targeted supplementation. And so I did.

My story is like so many of my clients.

You have difficulty finding a practitioner who believes in you and your innate wisdom of your body. You have difficulty knowing what's the right thing for you when there is so much conflicting information available. And most importantly, you are NOT okay with feeling less than amazing.

You want vitality and vibrancy.

And I want that for you too.

That's why I returned to school to earn a Masters Degree in Nutrition from an accredited university.

I completed 1,000 clinical hours, and I passed a national board exam.

I'm licensed in multiple states.

I use food as a tool to help my clients reclaim what they desire.

And I use a wide range of modalities to help with lifestyle changes, which is code for self-care.

If you want a partner to guide you through a non-diet approach, then call my office to schedule your intake session with me. Thank you in advance and I look forward to working together.

My Story
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