If there has been one thing I have come to learn during my time in the health and wellness industry, it is that every single person struggles with nutrition. If you happen to know one of those rare sparrows that don’t, they're either lying, or they still struggle occasionally. We all do.
I am especially interested in working with people who are fascinated by their bodies and interested in learning about their own unique food-body relationship. It’s like a fun science project and you’re the subject! I’ve been on my own personal journey in this category since 2012 and it has been one wild ride. No, it’s not easy, and the thought of it might terrify you entirely. That’s okay! There’s a constant, natural, ebb and flow here. Yeah, it’s going to be frustrating and you can’t expect to never eat all your favorite (but definitely not good for you) treats again -- which might be why you have never wanted to really explore this territory in the first place -- but that’s why I’m here! I want you to discover your food freedom.
It is my goal to help you get through the hard times and show you that you CAN do this, despite how challenging it may feel. Perhaps you already KNOW your body doesn’t mesh well with dairy, but you also KNOW how much you love ice cream, so it’s a no brainer for you -- you’re not cutting out the ice cream. However, I’ve got a hunch that there is a tiny little voice somewhere within you saying, maybe, just maybe, I could eat less ice cream. If you have even the slightest interest in exploring this side of yourself, congratulations, my friend: you’ve come to the right place!
My Story with Food
I grew up in a farm county called Skagit Valley. I was the pickiest eater you ever met when I was a kid -- like, for real, I loved UNgrilled cheese sandwiches with butter (no mayo!) on white bread, and Top Ramen. I remember the first time I stepped foot in a Subway I turned on my heel and immediately walked out -- I wasn’t about to pay that much for a sandwich that I literally only wanted three items on.
I can’t say my household was intentionally unhealthy by any means. I grew up with a grandmother who loved to cook and bake. All my fond memories include my grandmother in the kitchen, and she is still in there to this day at 86 years old! The first time I ever got a whiff of real healthful organic type food was when I made friends with my now bestie. Her mom bought organic whole milk and it was the bestest thing I ever tasted.
When I moved out of my home after graduating high school I was enrolled in culinary school within a year. I got local and organic boxes of fruits and veggies delivered to my apartment and I cooked all the time, but I also ate A LOT of junk food. Somehow I never made the connection between my awful moods and upset stomach with all the pizza and sugar I was constantly consuming.
Only after I started working with a Naturopathic Doctor, due to some lingering shoulder injury pain, did I fully start to grasp how much power real food has in being able to completely change your body for the better. We’re talking aches and pains, stiffness, fatigue, upset stomachs, headaches, allergies, mood swings, menstrual pain -- all completely gone! Then, a coworker introduced me to a little nutritional reset program called The Whole30, and as that’s unfolded for me, so have the tens of thousands of other peoples' stories about how their lives, their bodies -- ailments, diseases, what have you -- have all been “cured” or sent into remission through adapting a real-food diet.
Let’s get real
I am not a registered dietician or nutritionist, but I am extremely excited to announce I am going back to school February 2017 to become a certified real-food nutritional therapy practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. Right now, I only have my many years of personal experience under my belt and my associates degree in culinary arts.
Whether you want to move forward with guidance or just get this fun "science project" rolling on your own, here are some ways you can get started: