The wanna-be poet philosopher who fell in love with the science of nutrition.
I never imagined myself in a science-oriented or healing profession. I've always been a dreamer, creator, and thinker and thought I would end up an artist, writer, poet, theologian, or maybe a globe-trotting human rights advocate. I thought healing meant hospitals and blood and guts and stuff. And science, well science seemed kind of boring and not all that connected to my life. (I know! Silly girl)
But I've always loved food—whether it was my mom's amazing sour cherry pie or the new foods I embraced during travels to West Africa, Latin America, and Europe. The love, however, was often tainted with a good dose of confusion and guilt especially related to my struggles to maintain a healthy weight.
Like a lot of folks, I was raised on food cooked with lots of love (and maybe just a few too many spoonfuls of sugar) but little understanding of how that food shaped my health and well-being. For as long as I can remember, I struggled with health issues including allergies, asthma, pain and inflammation, obesity, low energy and fatigue, frequent infections, embarrassing digestive symptoms, depression, and anxiety. The prevailing message I received was that these ailments were “normal” and one must simply take this pill or have this procedure in order to deal with them. No one offered a means of preventing my complaints or any hope of ever fully recovering from them. At an age much too young for such resignation, I resigned myself to a life of sub-optimal health and, I believed, many unrealized dreams.
It wasn't until the birth of my first son in 2006 that I finally got fed up and began to take control of my health. My son and I struggled to breastfeed from day one and throughout most of his early months of life. I wondered how my body could fail at something so fundamental to human health and survival. My long-term health issues worsened and were joined by new and scary symptoms. At times, they were so debilitating that I could not even care for my son. Even on my best days, I was nowhere near the energetic, engaged mama I longed to be.
Enter the cookbook like no other: One day, my husband brought home Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig. At first read, I thought, “These ladie are crazy!” and set the book back on the shelf. A few
months and a scary trip to urgent care later and I was willing to give the crazy
ladies a try. Nourishing Traditions set me on a wild path of self-study and healing as I began to realize that my mostly vegetarian, high grain, low fat diet was not helping me get well. Instead, I started adding meat and fat and other nutrient-dense foods that our ancestors as well as modern traditional cultures have held sacred for most of human history.
I began to see improvements right away in my health and energy. As life-long health problems went away for good, I became a passionate evangelical for the gospel of REAL FOOD. Eventually, my passion led me to spend a year of intensive study earning my Certification in Nutritional Therapy with the Nutritional Therapy Association so that I could begin helping other people realize their full potential through the healing power of nutrition.
B.A. in Religion and Philosophy
Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
Nutritional Balancing and Hair Mineral Analysis Practitioner
Certified GAPS™ Diet Practitioner
Certified AIP Coach
Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition
Lead Instructor for Nutritional Therapy Association's Training Program
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I fall more in love with food everyday as I delve deeper in knowledge and understanding of the science of nutrition. But above all, food is community, and I am, at the core of my being, a seeker of connection longing for deep ties to the earth and a strong community around me nourishing me heart, soul, and body. I invite you to join me and experience what the magic of nutrient-dense, real, food can do for you.