Jilda was born and spent the first 12 years of her life in Santa Cruz, CA. She was enthusiastically involved in multiple recreational sports throughout her childhood, but shifted her focus to academia during her high school years in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Although she remained active and had a budding passion for nutrition, the root of her reasoning was an unhealthy one that ultimately led to a long battle with both anorexia and bulimia.
In 2008, Jilda relocated to Olympia, WA to attend college. The following year, after suffering from painful, unexplained symptoms for several months, she was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. She realized she needed to re-envision her definition of health and took up strength training at a local gym, quickly falling in love with how it made her look and feel. In 2012, on a recommendation by a friend, she walked into a CrossFit gym and became instantly enamored with the competitive community atmosphere.
Although a strict paleo diet helped to keep her Crohn's disease in remission, her progress in both training and body recomposition had long been at a standstill. In 2015, she read Krissy Mae Cagney's "Flexible Dieting 2.0" and began implementing its recommendations with an enormous amount of success. Wanting to fine tune even further, she joined Black Iron Nutrition in 2016 and has worked closely with her coach, Kelsey, to become the best athlete she can be while still prioritizing optimal wellness. Her physical and mental transformations inspired her to undertake an internship with BIN in 2018 in hopes of ultimately working with clients who are eager to optimize their athletic performance and develop a relationship with food that encourages fueling for their training goals. She firmly believes that form follows function and is on a mission to prove that well fed athletes make the happiest, healthiest, and strongest athletes.
Jilda still resides in Olympia, WA, where she owns and manages a successful sterling silver jewelry business with her dad. When she's not busy with work-related pursuits, you can find her training in her garage gym, reading, and spending time with her boyfriend and dog.
Bachelors of Arts
USA-W Level 1 Sports Performance
Precision Nutrition Level 1