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In my twenties, my idea of eating healthy was nothing like how I eat now. I would eat anything that said low fat on the package because if it said it it must be true right? Or how about the canned fruit cocktail or canned green beans? My whole young life I was served food by my parents and their idea back then of healthy food was solely based on what the labels told them was healthy.  It wasn’t their fault they were truly trying to serve us what they thought was best for us. So, we always had canned green beans, canned spinach, canned carrots, and for a treat, we had canned fruit cocktail!  I loved that fruit in sugary syrup and if you happened to get the cherry that was an added bonus!!

I was always thin, skinny to be exact! I would have friends that would diet all the time and not be as thin as I was. I had a love affair with McDonald’s french fries and cokes. I had to have them at least 3-4 times a week and if I couldn’t have McDonald’s then I would chop up potatoes at home and fry them in CRISCO!! I loved how they would soak up the grease and the clearish ones that soaked up the most grease were my favorites! I also grew up in the casserole era. Give me a vegetable casserole loaded with, flour, cheese, salt, and croutons any day. I would have seconds and sometimes thirds! All through these eating habits, I thought I was healthy because I was skinny.

Fast forward many years and two kids later. While pregnant with my second child I came down with Meningitis and was hospitalized. I was terrified and not sure if I was going to live but I was also very concerned if my baby would live. Obviously, I did live and so did my baby boy. It was from that time forward that I started really keeping track of what I put in my body. It took me two years to wean myself off of soda and coffee.TWO YEARS YOU GUYS!! caffeine had a very strong hold on me. I was in a bad marriage at the time and we were developing two different eating styles. He would want anything Italian, pizza, pasta, bread, and sauce on everything. I was gaining weight and feeling like I had bricks in my body. I was constantly tired and had an overall bad outlook on life. I was eating like crap and in a cruddy relationship.

Fast forward a few more years. I left my cruddy relationship, had a decent job, was raising two kids and was feeling so much better. I had a new outlook on my life. I was eating better or what I thought was better and dabbling at going to the gym some. That was a big deal for me because I had never gone to a gym before. I was super proud of myself! Everything seemed to be going perfectly until I was diagnosed with a chronic uncurable disease. I was devastated! I suffered through a depression for about a year and then one day I decided I am NOT going to let this disease take me down. I wanted my kids to see me as a fighter, not someone who just gives up. So, I started learning about the health benefits of whole foods, spices, and herbs. I went and got certified in holistic nutrition and wellness and hired a personal trainer to help me get on the right track with my fitness. I go to the gym 4 times a week for strength training and cardio. I can’t describe how much the changes in my mind, body, and well-being have improved greatly. I have been walking the walk and now I am talking the talk!!

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I believe food has an impact on our lives in so many ways, ranging from nourishment down to a cellular level all the way to our emotional, physical and social wellbeing.

My mission, as a health and nutrition coach, is to help clear the confusion about how to live your healthiest life, give you ways to enjoy simple and delicious food and empower you with the tools you need to look and feel your best.

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