My foray into nutrition began as a child and would periodically resurface throughout my life. As far back as I recall, I didn’t enjoy food or eating all that much. Like a typical child, I wanted to run around and do my own thing. Food only seemed to slow me down. Moreover, I didn’t really care for the taste of food. That all changed when my mother offered me a Twinkie. That I would eat! Since it was better that then eating nothing at all, I quickly developed a preference for sweets in my formative years.
As I got older, I maintained this preference for sweet foods. I used them to feel full, when I was down and needed cheering up, when things were going well and I wanted to celebrate, etc. There was always an excuse to eat junk food. I would minimally eat “real food” and was particularly thin. My mom worried that I was malnourished (looking back, I was) and even took a job at my elementary school to make sure that I wasn’t throwing out my lunch after a few bites. It was no fun being watched at lunch and being sent back to the lunch table with the better part of a sandwich as if it were detention 🙁
I never slept well and had trouble waking up in the morning to get to school. I somehow had good grades, but concentration was difficult, I had chronic headaches, and I just didn’t feel good. I used to fantasize about being in the hospital since I felt sick and didn’t want to have to take care of myself.
As time wore on, I started to spend too much time with dentists. I’ll spare you the details, but I kid you not when I say that I’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars at their offices! I brushed and flossed as best as I could but all to no avail. My dad has horrible teeth (sorry dad), so I figured there wasn’t much I could do about that since this was likely a genetic defect. Why would I think there was any link to the food I was eating other than the obvious advice that I should cut back or avoid sugar, which I simply couldn’t do. At best, I would moderate it here and there, but always find ways to sneak it in. It wasn’t until later in life that I thought I might be addicted to it.
Two major incidents catapulted me into the study of nutrition: kidney stones and a fateful trip to the dentist (a recurring theme it seems). Since kidney stones are believed to be related to diet, I made some dietary changes almost immediately. I certainly didn’t want to go through that kind of pain EVER again! The other incident was a visit to a holistic dentist to try to better understand my lifelong dental issues. He flat out told me that “your cavities are increasing at a frightening rate.” When I tried blaming it on my childhood preferences for eating sweets, he clarified that these were “new cavities.” I was appalled that I may have been continuing to manifest the same problems.
That was when I decided to take my health back. I dove deep into the study of nutrition and was inspired by a book called Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A Price. I really started to see the connection between health and food, and vowed to turn my health around! This journey inspired me to go back to school and to get to the bottom of my health issues once and for all.
Since then, I’ve improved my health and have better understood my motivations to eat. I see how junk foods are purposefully made to addict us to them, how misinformed we are by various health claims, and how our environment shapes our eating habits. I’ve also vowed to help other people with their food challenges, especially since food is something we need to survive (unless of course you’re a breatharian).
I have been helping people in numerous capacities for over 15 years. I bring a unique approach in that I am sensitive to your needs (including physical, emotional and/or spiritual) and I will help you understand and work through your unique challenges. I combine modalities to treat you holistically since nothing exists in isolation.
I hold the following licenses, degrees and certifications:
- Masters in Applied Clinical Nutrition (MSACN)
- National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC)
- Licensed Masters in Social Work (LCSW-R)
- Certified Professional Coach (CPC)
If you’re ready to give this a try or want to see if how we can work together, please reach out for a free 30-minute strategy call today!