HEY, GIRL, HEY.
I know what it’s like to be a mama that takes care of everyone and everything else, except myself- living off the “mom diet” (aka stale Cheerios, reheated coffee, and leftover scraps).
I know how it feels to be overwhelmed by anxiety.
I know what it’s like to feel stuck in survival mode- unsure of how to function, let alone how to thrive.
I know the frustration of spending thousands of dollars on expensive tests and supplements, only to end up being told things like “your results look normal”, when I feel anything but.
Stressed out. Burnt out. Stick-a-fork-in-me-I’m-done.
Been there. Done with that.
A little about my story…
Five years ago, I was a new mom wallowing in cloth diapers and the unpleasant aftermath of birth and postpartum trauma (which was dismissed as “crazy hormones” for a very, very long time).
After having my son, my health started going down hill fast…
Digestive issues. Skin problems. Fatigue. Restlessness. You name it. Nothing felt right.
I chalked it up to what I kept hearing from others- this was all normal since “I’m a mom“.
Then, the panic attacks started. Let me tell you- motherhood is already tough. Add crippling mental health to the mix and it’s exponentially tougher.
I couldn’t be present for my family. I had a hard time bonding with my son. I was already a stay-at-home-mom, but some days the anxiety was so bad, it felt like I really couldn’t leave the house. Not to mention the debilitating mental health made me feel ever lower than the shallow confidence in my post-pregnancy mom-bod.
With motherhood off to a poor start, I just tried to survive. I felt lost. Desperate to feel any sort of better, I’d often wonder, “Will I ever feel like myself again?”.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. I didn’t believe that the good Lord gifted me with my son, only to feel like I couldn’t really be his mother. So I started searching for answers.
According to countless medical appointments, the stuff I dealt with kept being considered “normal”. Over the course of two years, I was diagnosed with a myriad of things- anxiety & panic disorder, PTSD, low stomach acid, SIBO, IBS, PCOS… I was basically a walking alphabet of acronyms and general diagnoses, with no real answers and the idea that medication was the only answer.
There were times I felt crazy- like it was all in my head.
Physically, nothing seemed to really help. Mentally, medication and counseling only got me so far. I grew pretty hopeless before I realized something. It became apparent that if I wanted to get anywhere, I had to step up and fight for myself. I had to become my best advocate for the life I wanted. I wasn’t going to accept this as my forever norm.
Deep within me, in the part of my soul where hopelessness had not reached, something told me to dig deeper.Thankfully, I listened.
I started addressing things in a holistic approach.
MINDSET. DIET. NUTRITION. LIFESTYLE.
Turns out, I wasn’t crazy. My body was stuck in fight or flight and stress-mode. My hormones were whacked. My gut was leaky (aka intestinal permeability). I was undernourished in every way.
I dove into research, learning all that I could about the female body. I started to educate myself and apply what I learned (and unlearned) to my own life. Slowly, pieces started coming together.
As I learned how to truly nourish myself-mind, body, spirit- I started to heal from the inside out.
Gut problems disappeared. Energy & mood improved. Hormones balanced. Finally, the tormenting anxiety stopped running the show.
Now, instead of spending my days…
overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, constantly drained, and always restricting my diet,
I spend my days…
nourishing my body and mind, being a present and joyful mama, and grateful that anxiety and poor health no longer control my life.
The journey wasn’t a walk in the park. Truth be told, I often wished I had a personal guide to help me along the way. I was SO tired of blindly navigating it all alone. That’s exactly why I became a certified health coach.
Other women had to be going through something similar- feeling just as hopeless and doing everything they can not to settle for less. I couldn’t be the only mama who was not only under-nourished but didn’t know what could get me on the right track. Well, friend, just because we are moms doesn’t mean we have to settle for less!
I coach women how to start moving from surviving to thriving. As a health coach I guide, educate, and empower women to find what truly nourishes them. You can learn about what makes my approach unique here.
MY TRAINING AND EDUCATION
Apart from my own experience, I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied a wide variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. I work with clients to co-create personalized actions based on personal goals to move you toward your ideal vision of health within your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources.
At IIN, I’ve learned from some of the world’s top health and wellness experts, including:
Joshua Rosenthal, founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating
David Wolfe, raw food leader and nutrition expert
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
Mark Bittman, food writer for The New York Times and bestselling author
Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing
My training has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and prevention. Drawing on my expertise, I work with clients to help them make lifestyle changes and choose health-promoting ways that produce real and lasting results. As a client, you will develop a deeper understanding of food and lifestyle choices that work best for you, improving your energy, balance, health, and happiness.
I also hold a Bachelor’s degree is in Interdisciplinary Studies (concentration in education & behavioral sciences). In the near future, I’ll be pursuing continued education in the field of alternative wellness care and I can’t wait.