I am a lover of learning. I have been a life-long student of self-mastery, personal & professional development, and leadership and have spent the better part of 20 years devouring books, attending conferences, seminars, and workshops, listening to webinars and podcasts, and watching TED Talks. I’m fascinated with human potential, spirituality, psychology, the mind/body connection, mindfulness, and now that I have kids, conscious parenting and using motherhood as a vehicle for my own healing and transformation.
As I was approaching my milestone 40th birthday 6 years ago, I attended Tony Robbins’ 4-day “Unleash the Power Within” conference where I thought I was I going to learn how to face my deepest fears and up-level my game by learning how to walk on fire.
On the fourth and final day of the event, Tony talked the entire day about “Living Health”. I remember thinking when I first saw the agenda, “Why is he talking about health at a motivational seminar?”
Little did I know that this would be the most impactful and transformational part of the event for me, and I left the conference thinking about health, vitality, and energy as it relates to realizing my potential and taking my life to the next level in a completely new and mind-blowing way.
I took on his challenge of doing a 10-day cleanse immediately following the event that radically changed my life and experienced the joy of my body being literally “alive with health” in a way I never had before. I had no idea how profoundly food affects our mental clarity, performance, relationships, and our innate ability to heal from anything that ails us.
Two years later I enrolled to become a Certified Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) so I could continue connecting the dots between how food and lifestyle choices affect how we show up for just about everything.
I studied with many of the leading medical doctors, PhDs, researchers and authorities in nutrition today, covering over 150 dietary theories and taking a holistic approach to wellness that includes looking at the quality of your relationships, career fulfillment, self-expression, and spirituality as essential components to building good health.
What I have discovered is that there is no one way of eating that works for everyone. We need a deeper perspective that integrates nutritional science, biological individuality, and most importantly, learning how to listen to our bodies for what they truly need.
I encourage you to experiment with new foods and pay close attention to your body’s responses. Being healthy is not about willpower or discipline – it’s about asking yourself what you are really hungry for from a mind, body, spirit perspective, what nourishes you, and ultimately what brings you joy and fulfillment so you can experience yourself as your true self, your best self!