Hi all you gorgeous eaters out there!
My story starts with a childhood of Aunt Jemima pancakes, Rice Krispies with brown sugar, and lots and lots of bouts of strep throat + antibiotics. I just about ravaged my gut of any and all good bacteria I possibly could, which of course is no one's fault as none of us understood the importance of those little guys back then! (Side note: I Contain Multitudes is a fascinating book on bacteria!)
Since then I have struggled with a weakened immune system, made none the better with my three years working as a line cook--one of the most stressful, physically draining, and overall unhealthy life styles available...but incredible nonetheless.
I was fortunate enough to cook at restaurants like Delfina and Nopa in San Francisco and help open the dinner program at High Street on Hudson in New York (not bad for a girl that hadn't sautéed a vegetable until senior year of college-true story).
I had always been someone to get sick often, which knowing what I know now is not surprising, but finally reached my illness breaking point in spring 2016 when getting out of bed each day felt a feat akin to climbing Everest. Chronic inflammation, low grade fever, indigestion...I had it all. I also had enough of the life of extreme stress, emotional eating, endless indulgence of my sugar addiction, and quickly realized if I didn't change something soon, being the always-sick person would become my status quo.
So, I threw myself into the world of food as medicine. I became certified in Food Therapy through the Natural Gourmet Institute, began my Masters of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health at Maryland University of Integrative Health, and enrolled in an Eating Psychology Coaching Program at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating so that I could understand the mentality connection--truly merging mind-body-nutrition.
After years of self-experimentation and learning from the most incredible teachers and mentors, I am ready to share my knowledge and help others find their way to a life filled with energy, zest, and a loving, peaceful relationship with their bodies.
Call me, and let's see how good you can feel.