About

Hi and Welcome!

I am Julia Markova,

Gut-Brain Coach™

I speak Functional and Bioindividual Nutrition. And a few other languages (I am bilingual English/ Russian, fluent in French, and “like a dog” in Greek: I understand it but don’t speak it well any more). 

I have lived, worked, cooked, and eaten across multiple countries and cultures prior to starting my health coaching practice in Portland, Oregon, USA.

That is why, sometimes, I find it easier to talk about the things I am not vs. those that I might be.

I am and do not


  • I am not a “health warrior ” as I find “health” and “war” incompatible with each other.
  • In spite of having endured a massive TBI in my teenage years, I chose to “thrive” instead of “survive” with it. A lot of what I do personally and what I practice nutritionally is due to having endured a brain injury as a teenager. If not for that, I might have not chosen to focus on the gut-brain connection, so this is something I have learned to be grateful for.
  • I do not count calories. Instead, I count chemicals (to see if it’s still “food.”)
  • I have never found my “driving Zen:”I grew up with an excellent public transit system. Now that I live in the US, I bike and walk whenever I can.
  • I cannot tell you about the best water filter to use.  I recommend fresh mineral spring water instead. 
  • I am not interested in giving people (other than my own children) diet and lifestyle advice until the pain of staying where they are becomes greater than the pain of changing.
  • I do not know all the answers and I never will. In my coaching practice, I help my clients to get curious about how they got to where they are now so that, together, we can find a better way moving forward.

Certifications/ Letters after the Name:

  • Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach
  • Functional Nutrition Lab: Proud Scholarship Recipient (“PDX Pick”) and Graduate (“Digestive Intensive” and “Full Body Systems”)
  • MBA, UC Davis (USA)
  • BA,  Linguistics, Moscow State Linguistic University (Russia)
  • Currently pursuing: Bioindividual Nutrition Practitioner Certification (Institute of Bioindividual Nutrition/ Julie Matthews)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Helped me get back on track”

When I first met Julia I was carrying the weight of 3 pregnancies, was tired, slow, and depressed. I didn’t recognize myself. Julia helped me identify changes that I could make to my diet and my lifestyle to reset my metabolism and get back on track. I lost the weight, my skin cleared up and I feel great. I highly recommend inviting Julia into your life

Anya, age 44

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Made a real difference”

Thank you, Julia. You’ve made a real difference

Laurel, age 57

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Really listened to me”

“I never left a meeting with Julia and felt like it was not worth my time and money. I felt that she really listened to me and my issues and put in to play a great plan that not only helped me short term, but in the long run as well. Thanks, Julia, for helping me to feel healthier and more knowledgeable about myself and my body

Korey, age 46

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