I thought I was healthy and in the prime of my life, working as a personal trainer, weight loss counselor, and yoga instructor until reality hit me hard in 2012. After regaining my livelihood through sobriety and losing over 100 pounds, I found myself sicker than ever with my autonomic nervous system shutting down, being bed-bound 16-18 hours a day, and having no idea why. While bouncing from specialist to specialist searching for answers, I found out first hand just how flawed our health care system can be.
Through my desperation, not wanting to be forced on disability, and a background in holistic health, I started looking at ways I could take my health further into my own hands. I experimented with different methods of clean eating, began using natural household and body-care products, and became painfully aware how much what we expose ourselves to in our environment and on our skin affect our bodies. How much the collective amount of not only emotional stress, but physical stress, can affect our health. By the time I was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia, Dysautonomia, and Ehler-Danlos Syndrome, I already was well on my way of managing it naturally.
Today, being on disability is a thought of the past and my health is completely managed through holistic methods, lifestyle modification, and supplementation. My own experience made it very apparent that my path in life was still in health and wellness; in teaching others on how they can become empowered in their own health, their wellness, and in showing people how they can thrive in a way that works for them no matter what the circumstances.
Everyone deserves to live a life that excites them in a body that they love.
I have personally spent too much time trying to fit into the the conventional boxes that today’s society can lead us to believe is required in order to be happy. What happened when I ditched that mentality was nothing short of amazing. I was free from the barriers and began to cease the struggle. I was able to lose over 100 pounds over 18 months (and have kept it off) creating realistic and sustainable “tweaks” that worked for me and many others. I have been able to let go of limiting beliefs and create a career I absolutely cherish. I have learned to look the world in the eyes with no apologies and speak my authentic truth with kindness and love. I have found ways to accept my health “challenges” and support my body in ways that allow me to live a life that looks pretty damn good without medication or any real medical intervention. I have learned to let go of who I used to be (along with the guilt and shame) and grow into who I am today, leaving space for who I will be tomorrow. I have learned to be present in my own life and embrace my gifts. I want my voice to be heard. I want others to find their happiness and thrive. I want others to wake up every morning excited to get out of bed too.
I am happily married with two children. I have been in the health and wellness industry for over a decade as a nutrition counselor, weight loss specialist, personal trainer, yoga instructor, holistic health coach, life-hacker, small business owner, and essential oils expert. I have worked with many others wanting to re-claim their lives and I find deep fulfillment in the victories and successes of those around me.