About Me

my story

For years I had a hard time understanding why I never felt great. I was fairly health (or so I thought), I worked out, played tons of sports, stayed away from fast and fried food; I worked hard and I played hard. I even thought of myself as quite knowledgeable in terms of food, health and exercise.

I went from doctor to doctor looking for an answer to my pains; some said lose a few pounds (ok, sure, I was  few pounds overweight, but I thought my muscle mass helped me to pull it off ), many said there was nothing wrong with me. Some tried to diagnose me with a generic autoimmune disease and would proceed to write me a prescription. But I didn’t buy into it so I pressed on.

In the meantime, I opened a restaurant; had an amazing time getting featured on the Food Network, lost the lease and the business and felt stuck. Stuck in my job options, and my happiness which just lead to a lot of stress, probably a bit of depression if I am being honest, and ultimately stuck in my digestion.

Then I was struck with a major back injury. Unable to work out for 1 ½ years, I was devastated and in pain. About six months into my therapy, still unable to perform the simplest of exercises even though I was going to therapy up to four times a week, was the turning point in my life. This is the conversation that changed my life:

Me to my Physical Therapist: “I’m getting so chubby and fat not being able to work out, this is so awful.”

Therapist: “Do you know how many times a day I hear that?”

Cue the crickets sound here.

I was unhappy to say the least. There was no advice, no comforting conversation, no suggestions, nothing.  I had two therapists, a chiropractor and a back doctor all managing my recovery and not one person had talked to me about managing pain and inflammation nor the incredibly important role that food plays during injuries.

After I got over being really mad about the conversation, or lack of conversation, at therapy that day, I came to the realization that I was truly the only one in charge of my own recovery. My research started with anti-inflammatory foods which I began to incorporate into my diet. Week by week I was able to do more in therapy, which led me to look even closer at my diet. I started to remove toxic foods and saw the weight begin to slowly come down. It was about that time when I came across the Health Coaching career.  The moment I read those two word (Health Coach), my inner flame was ignited and grows stronger every day.

Changing my eating has helped more than just my injury, I’m sleeping better than I have in years, I’m down 15 pounds, I’m don’t have the phantom pains that sent me searching for a new doctor every year. And I'm actually happy; like really happy!

Now I'm passionate about helping people heal themselves and feel as good as they can.

Are you ready to let go of the pain, the weight, the medical pills and labels? Let’s talk. Contact me today!

my training

Beyond the first hand experience of managing chronic pain and healing other nagging ailments, my training has been focused on nutrition and food.

My Culinary Nutrition Expert certification (graduated with Honors!) is a complete and thorough professional certification program in culinary nutrition that offered me an opportunity to enhance my, everyday, natural cooking skills while garnering a deeper exploration into the therapeutic properties of the foods we eat and how we prepare them.

I received my training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program.

During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. My teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.

My education has equipped me with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these skills and my knowledge of different dietary theories, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.

Are you curious about how I can help you? Let’s talk. Schedule an initial consultation with me today.
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