Hi! Thanks for reading my blog! I started this blog to spread my passion for health and nutrition to others. For years now my friends and family have come to me for advice, so I thought sharing questions I get from them may be similar to ones you may have too!
Getting diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2002 was a major eye-opener for me. It made me realize that what we put in our bodies is ultimately what we get out. It sounds a little cliché, but it’s so true. The impact and repercussions from our diet are rarely immediate; it is typically a gradual process which starts showing up later in a variety of ways. I knew something wasn’t right with me; I was getting sick all the time and constantly felt bloated and simply worn out.
It was a whole new journey after my diagnosis. At 21, I got a one-paged paper from the gastroenterologist on the foods I had to cut out completely from my diet, forever. At the time, my diet pretty much consisted of everything I wasn’t allowed to eat anymore: pasta, burritos, pizza, bagels, and sandwiches. This was also before anyone really knew what ‘gluten-free’ meant. Supermarkets did not offer the selection they do now! It was a shock, and I had to adapt quickly. In a way I’m really glad I did not have all those food alternatives within my reach—it forced me to eat a very clean, simple diet—I think the way we’re intended to eat 90% of the time anyway.
My experience sparked an intrigue inside of me to explore health and nutrition on a much deeper level. When I lived in Australia, I worked for a natural health shop where I was able to coach people daily who were newly diagnosed with celiac disease, or just looking to live a healthier lifestyle. It felt amazing going in every day, helping that many more people on their own personal journey. I truly believe prevention is the best medicine of all and the foods we eat and the lifestyle we lead have the power to create the outcome we choose.
Now, I am currently attending the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, training to become a Holistic Health Coach. Integrative Nutrition is the largest nutrition school in the world. The school teaches over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and is led by top experts in the field of health and wellness including Dr. Andrew Weil, Geneen Roth, Dr. David Katz, Dr. John Douillard, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Mark Hyman, and David Wolfe among many others.
I love sharing information with others and help any way I can, and how good it feels when people are inspired to live their healthiest life possible. I hope you enjoy my blog!