I began on the path to my wellness career, for purely selfish reasons. I wanted clear skin and to be out of pain…
Flash back to 1992.
Like most 21 year olds, I had absolutely no idea what to do after college. So I did the obvious thing. I got married. Well. That didn’t work out. So I tried another thing. I became a flight attendant and traveled around the world for almost ten years. It was an amazing experience and gave me the opportunity to see so much.
Eventually, the jet-set lifestyle began to wear me out, so I quit and started trying to figure out what I wanted to do next. I began searching for answers to various health issues that had crept up on me. They were nothing serious as far as western medicine was concerned, but they caused me enough discomfort that I was not fully living my life and started to become a bit depressed.
My low point was when I could not sit for more than 3 or 4 minutes without intense low back/hip pain. I quit running. I sold my car because I couldn’t drive a block without pain. I worked as a restaurant server because I could at least stand and walk around. Sitting jobs were out of the question. I spent lots of time on my back on the floor. I was frustrated with the answers I was given to explain my symptoms and with the mystery of my back pain. “You have IBS. Just avoid chocolate and spicy food.” “You have acne rosacea, it’s just something fair skin people get. ” “Welcome to getting older. ”
I began doing my own research and discovered that some of my symptoms (skin breakouts, random intestinal pains and chronic hip pain) were most likely related. And that all of these were also affected by what I was eating. My diet was not horrible, but I grew up in the era of fat-free everything, so I avoided fats and ate tons of whole grains. I began to make small changes and started to feel better. I enrolled in a nutritional therapy program and learned even more about food and health. I went to massage therapy school, so I could surround myself with bodywork and figure out how to resolve my pain. I started practicing more yoga, eventually becoming an instructor.
I’ve learned a lot but there’s still so much more. My diet now is not perfect but I realize that our health is always a work in progress. It is a blend of learning the science, discovering what works for your body and having lots of compassion towards yourself when you mess up. (Oops, I ate gluten again!) I’m here to help you so you don’t have to go through all this alone. I feel like I have a lot to share and hope that what I have learned can make it easier for you.
Random facts about me
I grew up in Montana, yet I do not ski or hunt or ride horses
My first job was at McDonalds, no doubt shaping my ideas of food and nutrition
I love experimenting in my kitchen and have been doing it since I was 8 years old
I live with my little buddy, Puddin’ (aka the best cat in the world)
I have mad skills for creating amazing Halloween costumes