I grew up with a fascination for nutrition, exercise, and spirituality. But 10 years in a high pressure, super high stress sales job traveling most weeks really put that on hold. I slowly gained 20+ pounds, despite eating fairly healthy, and it took a big toll on my mental health as well. I quit that job in an attempt to save my marriage, but that failed and a few weeks later my world was truly rocked to the core -- I suddenly found myself going through a divorce, desperately alone, no job, and fighting for my son. I was crushed at the center of my being.
And so I began this journey into self discovery. I enrolled in a yoga teacher training class, I dove into my practice with fervor, and I just kept searching for something that would give my life meaning and passion. I was not going back to sales. No way.
Did I start eating healthy? Not even a little bit. I didn't have it in me to cook for myself, so I ate a lot of takeout and frozen dinners.
But I did stop eating meat as was recommended for my yoga training, and suddenly nearly 35 years of digestive issues were resolved. That alone was strange to me.
HOWEVER, I can't ignore the number of cookies, chips, pizza, and ice cream I ate over those 3 years. And yet, the story gets better -- the strangest thing happened. Those pesky 20 pounds I wanted to lose for the past 10 years suddenly fell off. Wait..... I was eating more calories and losing weight? Not possible. I couldn't explain it. It defied science. Everyone tells you it's about calories in vs. calories out right? That is not entirely true -- I spent years dieting and over-exercising, and nothing happened. Suddenly, I start eating terribly and the weight falls off. There are a lot of other factors at play besides calories.
Now, I'm not proud of those years of unhealthy eating, but it's what got me further inspired about nutrition. I just had to learn what it was that made me lose the weight and why I couldn't get it off previously. So I started investigating. I knew I wanted a holistic nutrition school that focused on more than food, and I was really interested in alternative healing modalities. The Institute for Integrative Nutrition fell into my lap from a dear friend Julie, and when I started watching the videos of their founder, Joshua Rosenthal, talking on You Tube, the tears started flowing. I was instantly hooked and had to learn more.
Of course food is crucial for our vitality, and we learned all the ins and outs of vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, sugar, calories, supplements, and over 100 nutrition theories. However, Joshua really emphasized that the food we eat is secondary nutrition: all the kale in the world will not make you healthy if your primary food (relationships, career, spirituality, and exercise) isn't in balance. And if you shed a toxic relationship, you might just shed the pounds. Those words really resonated with me, and so I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition*. With my knowledge from this training, we will co-create completely personalized actions based on your goals to move you toward your ideal vision of health within your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources.