Who am I?
I am a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. I am also a Reiki practitioner.
I am a wife and mother of three. I live in a house by a forest with a small, fluffy dog. I love to eat, cook, and talk about eating and cooking. But I am also a fan of the great outdoors. I love to hike and run.
Nutritional Therapy is my calling. Read my story below.
I've spent my whole life on a diet, it seems. The first time I tried to lose weight, I was only 13 years old. I was a normal looking girl going through puberty, and I was at my most impressionable age. I was bombarded by TV and magazines with skinny women and girls and with the message, that I needed to be skinny to be beautiful.
I tried every fad diet, spent years of my life taking one diet pill or another and working out 6 to 7 days a week doing mostly cardio workouts, sometimes two hours long. My weight fluctuated up and down. I was riding an emotional and physical roller coaster.
It took a hormonal imbalance, hypothyroidism, and irregular and heavy periods to come to the conclusion that I was doing something wrong, even though my doctors insisted I was doing everything right. I was eating a low fat diet, restricted calories, and ran many miles a day to lose weight and maintain it. I remember feeling hopeless and sad at the thought that the only way I could be "healthy" (as told to me by my doctors) was to live such a restricted life, and worse, to have to exercise like a mad woman for the rest of my days.
I was in my mid 30s when I found the paleo diet (although nowadays I would not call myself paleo, but a real food enthusiast) and realized that there was a different way to live my life. I became the Operations Manager for the recipe sharing website fastpaleo.com, talked about nutrition and health all the time, lost a lot of weight, and decided to add the credentials to my name that would allow me to speak with autority. I am a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, work part time for a doctor's office and teach nutrition classes locally and long distance.
My journey to great health continues, as I was diagnosed with hemangiomas of the liver and underwent major surgery (a liver resection with gallbladder removal) in 2013, which brought about a whole new host of problems. I had the great honor of speaking at the nation's largest paleo conference in Austin, TX on the subject of surgery and recovery.
I consider it my life's mission to help others find great health using nutrition and high quality supplementation to support the body in its ability to heal itself.