Since you’ll see the same picture of me on every Daily Page, I thought I’d toss a new one your way here.
Why did I become interested in good food anyway?
To make a long story short, I was born sick. I have a beautiful, loving family who did their very best to raise me as a healthy kid. But, pop culture nutrition and medicine simply do not have the right ingredients to grow a vibrant little one. Once I was old enough to realize I could take action to feel better, I began experimenting with different diets and lifestyles.
That experimentation eventually led me to Hawai’i. Through serendipity I landed at one of the most nutritionally educated and incredibly diverse communities on Earth – Pangaia on the Big Island. My nutrition education began in 2003 while living in the jungle of Big I, and I haven’t stopped learning since. For over 10 years I’ve read, studied, and guinea-pigged on myself to learn the foods and therapies that are the most effective.
And now I’m helping teach others who are interested in lifelong health through real food. I am currently an Assistant Instructor for the Nutritional Therapy Association. But, I’m still not done learning! I am currently studying to gain my Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. I hope my health journey never ends.
I am a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and certified GAPS Practitioner, through the Nutritional Therapy Association, located in Olympia, Washington. For over a decade I have explored varied diets and healing modalities, ranging from raw veganism to the Primal Diet. My interest in diet stemmed from a strong desire to heal life long health problems without continued reliance on prescription drugs.
In 2006 I graduated magna cum laude from Murray State University with a bachelor of arts degree, emphasis in medical anthropology and professional writing. My time studying varied cultures’ practices sparked my interest in continuing to investigate the link between chronic illness/ degenerative disease and dietary habits.
The teachings of the Weston A. Price Foundation, the Nutritional Therapy Association, and Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, paired with my background in medical anthropology have led me to believe that a properly prepared, whole food, nutrient dense diet is one of the primary keys to optimal health.
I’m crazy-thrilled to be a part of 30DaysSugarFree. Barry and I both live in this funky little town in the Sierra Foothills where, believe it or not, having an online program that coaches people through a sugar free month isn’t even close to the most unusual job.
Hit me up at my website. I’d love to hear from you.