I grew up eating canned soup, toaster pastries, cream pies, pinwheels, school lunches, frozen meals, fast food burgers and tacos, brightly colored popsicles and eating as much candy as I could shovel in my mouth. The result? By age 25, I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, I suffered from frequent migraines and had low energy. I wasn't overweight, not yet anyway.
I was interested in fitness and even majored in Physical Education and Health in college. I danced, exercised regularly and worked as a personal trainer. But I was following the USDA guidelines for nutrition. I was told fat was bad and to eat 6-11 servings of bread, cereal and pasta a day...which I did. Do you think I eventually became overweight? You betcha!
Years later, after having two children, I became very tired all the time, had bad allergies, frequent colds, sinus infections and bronchitis, frequent migraines, unexplained leg pain, hip pain, high cholesterol and was about 45 pounds overweight. I wanted to exercise. I wanted to feel better, but I wasn't sure where to start and no energy to do anything.
Then, I met an IIN Health Coach! She taught me some amazing things about our food supply today and how I could change my life by not eating processed foods and conventionally-farmed meats and dairy. Since September 2010, I have been eating clean, whole foods, farm-fresh eggs, grass-fed meats, eliminated dairy, and I grow a lot of my own food. The result? I lost 50 pounds, have no more migraines, no more allergies, my thyroid condition is almost reversed, I'm off all medications, I haven't had a sinus infection or bronchitis since I stopped dairy, no more leg or hip pain, cholesterol is normal and I have tons of energy all day long for my active kids!
I even managed to get my kids and husband on board and they don't drink juice anymore, we've nixed the frozen nuggets and fish sticks and they enjoy the same dinner as the adults. It is possible to get your kids to love broccoli, zucchini and kale - it just takes some time and creativity!
I'm excited to now share with others the amazing, life-changing experience I went through.
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.
Are you curious about how health coaching can help you? Let’s talk. Schedule an initial consultation with me today.
The picture on the left is me on my fat-free, Standard American diet, full of convenience foods, gluten and conventional beef. On the right, is me after shedding 50+ lbs and eating a full-fat, whole foods diet of grass-fed beef, organic veggies and no more gluten!
This is me today! So full of energy and life!
If I can do this, you can do this too!