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My Journey started back when I was only 8 years old. When I was in the third grade, I started going through puberty early. And that drew negative attention to me. I ended up getting bullied as a result. I didn’t know how to deal with the stress of being bullied. And so I began comforting myself with food. But the bad habits I learned back then stayed with me my whole life! While I was a little overweight as a child because of it, the problems got worse as I got older.
Once I went to college the weight really piled on because of the stress I was putting on myself to be perfect. Food was being used as a way to soothe me in those days. I comforted myself with food to the point that I became morbidly obese at a whopping 265 pounds. I struggled with severe acid reflux and other digestive issues, depression, panic attacks, and allergies.
My first ‘aha’ moment
I discovered a book in 1998 that started me on the path to living differently. The book “The Power of the Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy was pivotal for me. That book taught me that what we think and believe is truly powerful. It was that book that led me to learn more about the mind. I studied hypnosis and got certified. I wanted to learn as much as I could about the power of mindset and belief.
The talk that made the difference
Back in 2011, I saw a Ted Talk that changed my life. I came across a talk by a woman named Robyn O’Brien, who spoke about what is in our food. As a former researcher, she looked at the data to see how food allergies and cancer had risen in the US as the use of chemicals such as glyphosate increased.
At the time I was married, and my ex had a laundry list of health issues he was dealing with. My mother had also been diagnosed with uterine cancer the year before. I knew that I had been consuming a diet full of highly processed and packaged foods. I wondered if the foods they were consuming were contributing to the health issues.
Most of my adult life was spent as a pretty unhealthy person. I had been overweight for pretty much as long as I can remember. I remember going to Weight Watchers meetings with my Mom when I was a pre-teen (yikes!). The result was that I spent my teen years being about 30-40 pounds overweight. It definitely took a toll on my self-esteem.
Of course, I was miserable. But I didn’t know how to make a change. But seeing that video made me want to begin making changes. I started learning more about the food we eat. I was shocked to discover what really is in our food. And it was then that I made the decision to clean up my diet.
I started this website, and then went and studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a health coach. That was followed by becoming a stress management coach. I wanted to help others get well. But in the meantime, I was forgetting to make myself a priority and work on my own health.
A defining period
In 2014, I had a couple of life-changing events that really put things into perspective for me. My mother, who had been diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2010, passed away. Two months later my husband and I separated and eventually divorced. The stress of these events took an even greater toll on my health, which honestly wasn’t the greatest, to begin with.
I lost my voice for 6 months, became incredibly fatigued to the point that getting out of bed and functioning was difficult for me. I was dealing with massive amounts of grief, depression, and anxiety. And I knew that something had to change and that for the first time in my life, I had to make myself the priority. Several years earlier I had completed health coaching certification. But I had been so busy trying to help others that I was last on my list. I felt that self-care was selfish….but I couldn’t have been more wrong!
Putting me first
I began to put myself first and in doing that, in eating whole, real foods, in managing stress, in healing my gut, in getting off of the couch, and in getting better sleep, I am healing. Now I feel called to share what I’ve learned.
Throughout my life, I’ve always been fascinated with natural ways to heal the body. I loved learning about natural health on my journey to heal myself. And to say that I am passionate about it is an understatement. As a result, over the years I have studied a host of different natural healing modalities such as hypnosis, aromatherapy, NLP, EFT, FasterEFT, and nutrition.
I received my Holistic Health Coaching training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the largest nutrition school in the world. It was here that I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Through this training, I discovered how amazing the human body is. The body has the amazing ability to heal itself, with the proper tools. For several years I worked at FDN, one of the largest functional health coaching training schools. And although I didn’t receive certification, I learned a LOT!
How I’ve changed what I do
I am using what I’ve learned and have changed my own way of eating, using exercise, getting quality sleep, connecting with others, and managing stress to change my life. I am an empath, which means I’m sensitive to the energy of the world around me. So many people are sensitive and have no idea! We are energetic beings and I recognize how important energy hygiene and energy self-care are as well. That means paying attention to my mental and emotional diet as well as what is on my plate! And learning HOW to manage energy. Very few people are teaching that!
What I’ve been through has prompted me to share my journey to a healthier me. I have helped others around me do that as well. And I hope to inspire even more people to make the commitment to take the journey for themselves. Of course, I still have a ways to go, weight to lose, and symptoms to resolve. But I am passionate about helping others to stop struggling with feeling fatigued, foggy, and not so good. We all should have plenty of energy and be living our best lives.
I truly hope that you’ll join me and make a commitment to yourself….you deserve to be the healthiest and best you possible!