It all began in 1953 when I was 2 years old and my dad bought 5 acres of land in upstate New York where he created the most incredible organic farm that I have yet to find a match for. Besides growing the most amazing vegetables including kale, collard, swiss chard, etc., he also grew every herb imaginable as well as rose hip bushes, peach and apple trees, cantaloupe, watermelon, root vegetables and pumpkins galore. Little did I know that not only would I follow in his 'love of healthy foods' footprints, but my daughter would eventually surpass both of us in her quest to live a pure and healthy life by eating organically grown whole foods.
My passion to learn everything I could about helping people regain their health or maintain good health began when my daughter started her health regimen and weight loss program. Her daily routine consisted of eating artificial, chemicalized, fat-free foods with little nutrients, excessive exercise, skipped meals, and just about eliminating healthy fats from her daily intake. It didn't take long before my 22 year old daughter dropped to the unimaginable weight of 67 pounds and was in a "life and death" situation. This obviously became more than just trying to lose weight and get healthy. It became an obsessive lifestyle saddled with restrictions, mood swings and ultimately isolation.
The turnaround came when my daughter exhaustively researched a cure for her "reclusive" and "dangerous" lifestyle.... WHOLE FOODS and HEALTHY FATS! The rest is history.... my daughter is currently 95 pounds (she has always been of slight frame and under 100 pounds normally) and HEALTHY! She and I are certified holistic health counselors on a journey to help people REALIZE and FEEL the connection between whole foods, healthy fats and a happy and amazing life. People need to realize that food definitely makes a difference, and.... that difference for some people can be the difference between life and death.
Interestingly, at this time in my life, I began to notice some changes in my body. I felt a thickness around my waist, was bloated after I ate, had digestive issues, felt anxious, stressed and tired most of the time. All I can say is that I am so grateful to have found the secret to ridding myself of that "thickness," feeling lighter in my body, having mental clarity, experiencing an abundance of energy, and loving this stage of my life!.... all through getting in touch not only with "real" food -- the kind of food my dad grew but tapping into who I am in this life and how I can manifest my full potential.
It's funny how things progressed for me.. as I gained mental clarity and felt better than at any other time in my life, I became interested in exploring my spiritual self.. that part of me that I was not tapped into before. This new and exciting time in my life has brought me closer to my husband, given me an increased awareness of how I want to give back to society, helped me to understand that I came into this world for a reason and that I must live out my life's purpose. As they say, "Nothing is a coincidence and there are no accidents in life." While getting laid off after working for many years, I decided to become a full-time Pilates instructor and began coaching on a more regular basis. For fun, I not only make my own line of organic body care products using what Mother Nature has so generously given us but also make sourdough bread, kefir, kombucha and kraut - all our healthy microbial friends!!
Don't wait until chronic disease hits you, your family or your friends. Start now by incorporating organic whole foods into your life. You will be amazed at your increased energy level, healthy hair, skin, nails and overall happy disposition. My passion for healing with whole foods is fierce, alive and encompasses everything I do. When the body is given nourishing and healing foods, thoughts become clearer and life begins to take on new meaning. Subtle shifts take place that redefine how you want to live out the rest of your life.
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.
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