First and foremost I am a wife and the mother of three amazing kids. I work full-time in corporate America but my true passion is health and wellness, specifically nutrition.
Since you're here let me tell you a little bit about how I started down this path towards nutritional therapy as a career and passion...
In early 2012 my brother-in-law told me about a diet he had been following that we had to try. It was the Paleo diet. We were
skeptical at first, but decided to give it a try. That February my husband and I binged watched all of the real food movement documentaries, read books, and started following real food bloggers and podcasters. We absorbed as much information as we could about Paleo and Primal approaches to health.
Once we began to demystify the conventional wisdom we had been taught about food and where are food comes from, we knew we would never look at the shelves in the grocery store the same way again.
After about one month of Paleo, my husband lost 40 pounds and his skin cleared up completely from chronic acne. I lost a few pounds and my eczema disappeared, seemingly overnight. My seasonal allergies improved as well. This all happened just by changing our food - we didn’t even increase our exercise routine.Our bodies were satiated and happy.
That said, our desire to make these lifestyle changes wasn’t about weight loss for us, although that was a nice bonus. It was about eating foods that truly nourished our bodies and made us feel good.
Once we saw and felt the difference in our bodies with this switch, we transitioned our son, then 2 years old, and saw an immediate improvement in his eczema and mood. There was no turning back now!
I always had an innate aversion towards chemicals and produce sprayed with pesticides so we were already buying organic and cooked a lot of our meals at home. It wasn't a hard transition, in that sense, to a real, whole food diet focused more on the quality and source of our food.
We started sourcing meat, eggs, and produce locally from grass-fed, pastured animals. Soon our backyard garden turned into a mini-organic produce farm. In March 2012 I started this blog and began spreading the word on the web about ancestral approach to nutrition and health.
Two things furthered my passion for learning about nutrition and alternative medicine. First, in April 2012 my grandmother died from complications due to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a disease of poor diet and lifestyle - it is something completely avoidable and unnecessary.
Secondly, I have a family history of heart disease. My father had a heart attack at 49 which lead to a triple bypass and years of statins. My dad is a pure-bred Italian and I never thought he would give up his pasta and cannolis for vegetables and sardines, but he did. Through simple changes to the foods he ate, he lost weight, improved his blood sugar handling and enjoys peppers again without having to pop an antacid. His dedication to getting healthy with food stirred something in me and I knew I had to get a formal education that I could use to help others achieve great health like my Dad did.
Treating the cause and not the symptom makes so much sense to me.
I truly believe our bodies have the ability to heal and to function optimally if they are given the right balance of nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management. We all have an innate intelligence that we can tap into to help us achieve optimal wellness. You only get one body in this lifetime, keep it happy so you can do the things you love.