- Executive Producer and Host of Vegan on a Jet Plane
- Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.) from Canadian School of Natural Nutrition
- M.B.A. from Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA)
- B.B.A. from James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)
- Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the Colin T. Campbell Foundation at Cornell University
- Certified Holistic Health Counselor from Institute of Integrative Nutrition (NYC)
- Studied at Cooking Schools in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Hi Lovely Friends!
My interest in nutrition and personal journey toward better health started when I was very young.
I had tons of health problems: anxiety, trouble concentrating, asthma, acid reflux, digestive problems, extreme fatigue, rosacea…you name it I had it. I was miserable.
Much of my life was spent visiting several different specialists hoping to get a diagnosis and figure out what had gone wrong. They put me on a ton of medication that only seemed to create more symptoms and make everything worse. I had a feeling deep down that food could fix and/or was responsible for my problems, but listened to the experts hoping the next diagnosis or medication would help me.
The last straw came a few years ago when I returned to my desk after lunch (I was working as a business development manager at a CPG company at the time) and could not understand anything on my screen. None of the numbers on the spreadsheet I created myself just an hour ago made any sense. I could visually see what was in front of me, but could not comprehend what anything meant. At this moment—I realized there was absolutely no way everyone in the office felt the way I did and I made a vow to do whatever it took to figure out what was wrong. That afternoon I booked an appointment with a functional medicine doctor in my area.
Within the first 20 minutes of our two hour-long session, she diagnosed me with Hashimoto’s Disease, an auto-immune thyroid condition that was the main culprit behind all the crazy symptoms in my body.
She told me I could either take medication the rest of my life to help control the issue, or work to see if we could manage it with my own lifestyle and dietary habits. I picked option #2…the less medication the better right? Once everything was confirmed with blood work, my top priority became putting my own health first.
I changed my DIET (vegan and gluten-free) and LIFESTYLE (lots of stress minimization and avoiding chemicals/toxins) to balance out my body again.
I immediately stopped eating gluten, animal products, and avoid sugar as much as I can. What do I eat? A lot of complex carbs, clean protein, and healthy fats. I don’t count calories or use portion control but eat organic/non-GMO as often as I can. My diet consists of a lot of fruit, vegetables, brown rice, quinoa, corn tortillas, avocados, coconut, and lentils. I eat all types of international foods like Thai and Indian on a regular basis.
It wasn’t just my diet that changed; practically every aspect of my lifestyle is different now as well. I left my current job and work on different health related projects managed by my own time and schedule. As much as I love working, make relaxation a priority as well! I vacation, sleep, spend time outside, and do a ton of yoga, walking, and hiking.
In a couple months, all my symptoms disappeared and my blood tests returned back to normal with zero medication.
I’m humbled and proud to say I feel awesome!
I never realized what feeling “normal” feels like, what it’s like to have a clear head, or to have extreme focus and productivity. My life basically made a 180-degree turn.
Once I’ve discovered how amazing and wonderful I feel, now I want to dedicate my time and efforts to help others feel great too. I’ve embarked on a path as an entrepreneur and no day is the same. I work with women to jump start weight loss, transition to a vegan or gluten-free diet, or just get rid of some toxins they want out of their system. I’m creating a food/travel show with Odyssey Films called “Vegan on a Jet Plane,” the first full episode is scheduled to release early 2016. When I’m not busy with those projects I’m updating my site with recipes and health tips and studying at various nutrition programs.
I’m on a mission to help you look and feel your best naturally by helping you make healthy changes to your own diet and lifestyle! Whether you follow my blog, watch the show, or work with me as a 1:1 client, I’m honored to help you. Thank you for joining me!