I became a coach to gain a better grasp of how food contributes to disease.
My family has a long history with cancer; particularly colon cancer and breast cancer. My grandmother was diagnosed with cancer shortly before I was born and all of her grandparents and many other relatives were stricken with similar diagnoses. I asked her when I was about eight years old about her bout with cancer and how she got it. She told me her doctors said eating rich and heavy foods such as meats and processed foods, were the culprit. That may or may not be true but that was all I
needed to hear; I became a vegetarian at nine years old. That was years ago and now plenty of evidence abounds that maintains that eating a plant-based diet can prevent and reverse serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, hypertension and even type 2 diabetes.
Vegetarianism predisposed me to a preponderance of starch-laden foods and without proper knowledge; I struggled with my weight. Finding solace in refined breads, fast food, vegetarian lasagnas, nachos, sweets and sodas wasn’t the answer and it set me up for yeast infections, cystic acne, severe cramps and mood swings that were amplified at the onset of my cycle. In my teens, I tried every diet I could manage to get my hands on. Seventeen Magazine, purchased with my allowance can be credited for the seemingly infinite array of diets that I used to manage my weight and later as a way to better understand health. Vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, raw foodist and macrobiotic were just a few of the labels I brandished during this discovery period.
Now, although I eat as close to the source as I can and I still gravitate towards plant-based foods, I don’t find the need to label my dietary choices. Choosing seasonal, farm fresh foods found at my community open air farmer’s markets as often as I can and growing my own herbs and vegetables seems to strike a perfect nutrient balance
I have managed to keep my weight managed for more than fifteen years with several simple strategies that I have learned over the years that have become tried and true practices for my clients and that I can also teach you. Coaching came as a natural result of my passion to learn and educate myself. Family and friends implored of me to tell them what I was up to. So I did and I haven't stopped. I want others to have the freedom I have when they choose food at the market, sit down to eat with friends over a meal, when choosing clothes that truly look good when you put them on and loving the person they see when they are disrobed looking back at themselves in the mirror. It is a truly incriminating feeling to think that food has a hold on you versus you having its number.
Weight management can be simple and effortless when you are fit with the right understanding. Many factors play into an individual’s dietary anthropology and my passion is simplifying the process without so much concern with the unnecessary tedium of counting calories, logging pounds, and deprivation that are characteristic of so many weight loss programs. Shifting the focus to total health and finding the right foods and self-care practices that heal and fill in the gaps is truly where I excel. I am trained as a holistic health counselor and my scope of focus goes beyond the plate to tackle areas that may be holding you back or getting in your way; unwittingly contributing to your current health challenge.
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
, where I studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. With this knowledge and over fifteen years of coaching, you and I co-create a completely personalized plan based on your lifestyle and wellness goals.
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