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 play. Food only seemed to slow me down. I also didn’t really care for the taste of most foods. That all changed when my mother offered me a Twinkie (think strawberry shortcake if you’re not familiar). That I would eat! Since it was better that than eating nothing at all, I quickly developed a preference for sugar in my formative years.
I got older, but 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, when I wanted to celebrate, etc. There was always an excuse to eat sugary junk food. I would minimally eat “real food.”
My mom worried that I was malnourished (looking back, I’m sure I was) and even took a job at my elementary school where she made sure I wasn’t throwing out the lunch she packed for me after only 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 prison food 🙁
I also never slept well and had trouble waking up in the morning to get to school. I somehow maintained good grades, but concentration was difficult (reading comprehension was the hardest!), 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.
I was quickly catapulted into nutrition after passing a kidney stone while in graduate school for social work. And exactly 2 weeks later, I passed another stone from my other kidney. 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 pain in my side felt like I had sprinted a full marathon without any preparation or training whatsoever!
Over time, I made even more dietary changes after feeling like I initially had gone a little extreme. I made some readjustments, and all was good until I was dealt another blow by my dentist. A holistic dentist told me that my “cavities are increasing at a frightening rate.” After having suffered from lifelong dental issues (you name it, I’ve had it done more than once), it seemed like I couldn’t do anything right. Too much pain and discomfort, tens of thousands of dollars, and multiple teeth were lost in the process. I was accused of not brushing enough, brushing too hard, not brushing long enough, not flossing properly, etc. But no matter what I did, it was never the right thing.
At that dental appointment, I decided to take my health back. Enough was enough. There had to be a way to prevent my health issues rather than to just deal with them whenever they arose. Doing some research, I found an inspiring book called Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. It was written by a dentist in the 1930’s! This book inspired me to go back to school for a masters in nutrition, 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 a nutritionist, health coach, psychotherapist and life coach. I am sensitive to your needs (including physical, emotional and spiritual) and I will help you understand and work through your unique challenges. I combine modalities to treat you holistically since nothing in the world 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)
*I’ve also been featured in SD Voyager.
If you’re ready to give this a try or want to see if how we can work together, I strongly encourage you to book a Free Sugar Breakthrough Session today!