I'm so glad you are here.
Health & Wellness has been my passion for years. I started learning about the connection between food, lifestyle and wellness when I experienced my own health challenges.
The one that triggered this passion had to do with joint pain. One evening I noticed pain and swelling in my big toe. The pain started after an evening workout at the gym. That's what I used to do to stay in shape - and in shape just meant trim and able to fit into size 6 or 8 clothes. I'll tell you what I ate in a minute. This joint pain in my toe was significant - pain and swelling. It was significant enough that I couldn't put weight on my foot and needed crutches to get around for awhile. I saw various doctors, some specialists. I had x-rays and other tests yet no one ever diagnosed the issue other than possibly some form of arthritis. The last doctor I saw, an orthopedic doctor, said the only other option he could offer was to fuse my joint. That was not an option in my mind. I wasn't even 30 years old at the time!
Back then I ate a horrible diet then went to the gym to work it off. Not a good combination actually. I would have a large cup of strong coffee (with milk & sugar) just to wake up. I was not a morning exerciser at all back then. My joke was, "the heaviest thing I'm lifting first thing in the morning is my cup of coffee". Breakfast was not one "of champions" but rather a white bagel with cream cheese. Lunch might be a ham & cheese sandwich - deli style from the on site restaurant in my office building. Of course I ate at my desk. Then dinner was was some sort of white pasta - fettucini alfredo (I was so happy when I learned to make that), spaghetti with meat sauce or mac & cheese (from the box and always with added cheese). In case you are wondering, this is not a healthy diet. I didn't know any better back then. I thought I was healthy as long as I wasn't overweight. Well, back to my health issue with my toe. It sounds like nothing but with major swelling and pain in your toe, it's very hard to move around. My search for a diagnosis and cure was not going well.
Thankfully my Mom (where would we be without moms?!) made suggestions about food and gave me information to read about how food impacts disease. Well! That began a journey of learning for which I am ever so grateful. The human body fascinates me. I'm inspired by how it can heal if we just give it the support it needs - like nutrients from food, clean water, rest, relaxation and exercise.
Another health challenge I have is a family history of heart disease. My Dad died in his late 50's of a sudden heart attack. That was way too soon for me to lose my Dad. You know how the loss of a loved one impacts your life dramatically and forever. Well, this catapulted my interest in all things related to health and wellness. I had already been learning and trying to influence my Dad's food & lifestyle habits. He was even listening and making changes - minor, in hindsight but significant for him nonetheless. I love this quote from Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, from the Cleveland Clinic who wrote Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease ,"coronary heart disease is nothing more than a toothless tiger that need never exist and if it does exist, it need never ever progress". I had never heard the name Caldwel. Esselstyn until years after my Dad's death.
Fast forward another few years and now I'm a mom. I have even more reasons to take care of myself and teach my daughter. I want her to grow up knowing how to treat her body well so that it will serve her well as she travels the journey of her life. And I want to be by her side as long as possible - and in good health.
I have all these very personal experiences and reasons for my passion for wellness. It's a passion that expands beyond myself and my immediate family. Good health is something I believe we all should have. I have followed up this passion with certification as a Holistic Health Coach. I received training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. Formal training has helped me to round out my knowledge of dietary theories and look at what IIN calls "primary food". Primary food is actually not food at all but aspects of life that impact health such as relationships, finances, career, etc. I believe in looking at the whole person and that means going beyond the food we consume. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a personalized "roadmap to wellness" that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences and goals.
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To your good health & happiness,