My Story

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A few years ago, I had a number of health issues that weren’t exactly life threatening, but were negatively affecting my life every single day. I had a terrible sleeping disorder and even when I did manage to sleep, by 2:30 pm every afternoon I would feel my energy drop, my craving for chocolate kick in and frankly, I would start to get a little cranky. I had heartburn so bad it would keep me up at night, frequent headaches and hormonal imbalances that made it really difficult to start the family my husband and I wanted. I also had been steadily gaining weight over a few years and, naturally, my mood was not the best given all these (and more) issues. What I didn’t know was why it was all happening.

In 2010, I slowly started to change the way I ate. I was first motivated by shedding those extra pounds I had put on and maybe other surface level results like better skin and hair. What happened, though, was I found that the more whole foods I ate, the better I felt. And I wanted more.

By early 2011, my husband and I committed to eliminating animal products from our diets and adopting a completely plant-based one. We banished refined, high-glycemic sugars from our pantry and reduced as many processed foods as we could. What replaced them were amazing whole foods like dark leafy greens, sweet root vegetables, satisfying whole grains, fresh fruit and fun beans, nuts and seeds. Every week we would go to the grocery store willing to try something new, and so we became adventurers. This process didn’t happen overnight, but rather over several months. As the weeks and months went on, I found that many of my health issues resolved themselves. My heartburn disappeared, as did my cravings and energy crashes. Rather, I had great energy throughout the day, slept better, felt happier, looked better and attained a healthy weight. Everywhere I went, friends and family commented on how great I looked.

From then on, my appreciation for and interest in how the body can heal itself through food and nutrition grew. I really believe that we can all benefit greatly from enjoying more whole foods that are also delicious, satisfying and easy to prepare. So, now I work in supporting others in their journey towards feeling better. I think most people want to eat better but don’t know how, what that looks like, or how it can be incorporated into their daily lives. That’s where I, as a health coach, come in – to help you learn how to listen to what your body needs and be able to provide it, to help you nourish your family with delicious meals they’ll love, and to help you live the life you want.

I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.

Are you curious about how health coaching can help you? Let’s talk.

Schedule an free health chat with me today.