When I was growing up, my family didn’t have a bookoo of money. I mean, come on, we had as many
kids as the Brady Bunch. It was tough in certain areas, but when it came to food, we were taken care of. Having said that, we never ate fast food. All of our meals were home cooked. All of them! Friends of mine always wanted to visit for dinner. It did help that my mom loved to bake and my dad is Italian. We ate so good! I’m grateful for this today because looking back, I appreciate so much. My friends whose parents had a higher income were always busy. They didn’t have much “talk at the table” time because the only time some of them had legitimate home cooked meals were on Sundays. The only time
my parents “treated” us to fast food was if we had a doctors visit and it was always one of two burger restaurants. My dad thought that would help lift our spirits, which most of the time it did. My best friend across the street would pick up Chick-fil-a every Wednesday before church and I remember her sharing a nugget with me one time. It was the best thing I had ever tasted! I was nine years old. Before then, I had never eaten a taco or chicken from a fast food joint, only burgers and like I previously said, that was very rare.
While attending college, I worked full-time and became so busy, my diet developed in to what my friends diets were growing up. Not to mention, I worked in a pizza restaurant, too. I had fast food, all the time, every meal…it was insane. I changed my major from Biology to Dietetics because I became so interested in learning how food affects the body. Physically, I could see what I was eating wasn’t flattering for me, but getting deeper in to my studies, I knew I wanted to deliver this intriguing information to the world in a new way.
After receiving my BS in Dietetics, I was approached with many Nutrition jobs, but I was hungry for more knowledge. I enrolled in IIN and there is where my cup began running over.
Between the two schools, I have learned the Science behind food and how Primary Food (relationships, work, spirituality, etc) can reflect on why your diet is the way it is. “Busy” seems to be the way these days. With my knowledge and credentials, I am so eager to help implement this knowledge to you. I have learned about many Dietary Theories from some of the worlds most renowned educators.
- Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, founder and director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
- Deepak Chapra, MD World Leader in Mind-Body Medicine, Director of Education at The Chopra Center, Bestselling Author
- Andrew Weil, MD, Bestselling Author and Expert on Integrative Medicine and Mind-Body Interactions
- Walter Willet MD, DrPH, Chair of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Health and Bestselling Author
- David Katz, MD, MPH, Authority on Preventive Medicine and Weight Management, Director of the Yale Prevention Research Center
- Susan Blum, MD, MPH, Functional Medicine Doctor, Founder of Blum Center for Health
- Gabrielle Bernstein, Motivational Speaker, Life Coach, Bestselling Author
- Mark Hyman, MD, Founder and Medical Director of The UltraWellness Center, Bestselling Author
- Geneen Roth, Pioneer of Emotional Eating and Empowerment, Bestselling Author
- David Wolfe, recognized Expert and Bestselling Author on Superfoods and Raw Nutrition
- Mark Bittman, New York Times Columnist, Bestselling Author
- Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University
I live and encourage life at an 80/20 rule. Looking back at my youth and now living the busy parenthood role my friends parents were living, I understand the struggles of staying on the straight arrow with health. Not everyone has the same tastebuds, schedule, or time. This is where I come in. Contact me for more information on how I can become your Health Coach. You can also follow my blog posts to keep up with several topics such as what you may hear on TV about fad diets and why it’s a good idea or not. Some topics not solely related to food, but meditation or balancing life. I look forward to our journey together!