During my high school years, I struggled (just as any other teen struggles) with who I was are and how I fit in. I remember part of my struggle being with food. I no longer enjoyed the taste of beef, pork and processed meats like pepperoni and hot dogs, and that made me “different”. I did a lot of research. I then decided to try eliminating foods, went through a junk food phase (because it was still vegetarian, right?) and then experimented with different diets. There was so much information out there and so many different diets, it was very confusing, especially to a young adult. Although I noticed that eating healthier foods helped my performance in athletics, I struggled to navigate through all that was provided to me in the media and on the internet. I wanted to learn more about the cold hard facts of food and nutrition and learn how to truly eat well for my body. That is when my passion for nutrition and health began.
After studying Nutrition in college, I worked with the Marriott Corporation for several years. I was in the industry of helping people and I truly believed I was. However, what I was taught was based on a food pyramid that grouped everyone together no matter their gender, their metabolism, their physical activity or any other part of their lifestyle. My education didn’t take into consideration that each body is different and responds to different approaches, or bioindividuality. I knew the same thing did not work for everyone. So, I decided to take my education to the next level.
I attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City studying many different dietary theories, contemporary health issues, and Eastern and Western nutrition. I am now a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Coach and proud owner of Mind, Body and Balance. I am very grateful that I decided to take that leap of faith and follow my passion for health and wellness. I am proud to be able to share what I know and teach others how to live a happier, healthier life.
I continue to be proactive and live a healthy lifestyle for both myself and my family in Upstate NY. I will admint we do “splurge” every once in a while, because we all deserve a treat! However, due to stomach and intestinal sensitivities, heart conditions and asthma and allergies in our family, we have chosen to live a gluten-free and dairy-free lifestyle. We enjoy getting outdoors to run, bike, hike and ski together, as well as play a little soccer and basketball with the kids. As a family, we truly believe that to stay healthy, it’s important to live a healthy lifestyle.