Health wasn’t very important to me growing up or in college. I of course wanted to lose weight at different moments (it’s nearly impossible to be a woman in America and not think weight loss is the key to happiness – we’ve been fed that belief since day 1!), but getting into the specifics of taking care of my body wasn’t really my jam.
Until I didn’t have a choice.
It happened a bit younger for me than many; my stomach “fell out”, as I call it, pretty much the minute I graduated from college. I was diagnosed with the all-encompassing “IBS” (as in “We have no idea what is REALLY wrong with you”) and went on with my life, cutting back on ice cream because I could tell that was trigger. I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area not long after, and quickly fell into vegetarianism, then veganism, and then I went to a doctor to figure out why I had this pesky sore throat for months on end. That doctor dismissed it (and me) quickly as allergies and wrote me a prescription for some allergy medicine. Before she pushed me out the door I asked, “Is there anything natural I can do?” She sighed and said, “some people say Vitamin C helps” and then closed the door on me.
And so my journey into natural medicine began. Over the ensuing years, I tried every dietary approach you can possibly imagine, all kinds of different therapies, from talk to somatic to energy, did every juice and Master cleanse and colonic known to man. I decided I needed to learn much more than what I could gather from the internet, so after much research, I landed on a Masters program in Holistic Health Education at JFKU in Pleasant Hill, CA. I was interested in all forms of “alternative” healing approaches, but nutrition pretty much called me from day 1. So a year later, I enrolled in the Nutrition Educator program at Bauman College. I was on my way.
But the thing I learned about health (and this took me a while to REALLY understand) is that it is not a linear process. Our core wounds are deep, and they will arise again and again over our lives in order to teach us new, deeper lessons. During my formal education – and the informal education of working with clients, teaching and performing dance, and continuing to improve my health since I finished the formal part – I understand that our health is a labor of love. Love for your body. Love for your mind. Love for the journey of this lifetime.
And it is a truly revolutionary act.
Probably the biggest lesson I’ve learned in the many, many lessons about my health over the years came in 2018, when a large fibroid formed on my ovary, and I had it removed laparoscopically. During that surgery, my intestines were unknowingly lacerated in three places, and two weeks later I ended up in the ER with sepsis and after two emergency surgeries that weekend, an ileostomy. If you want to read more about that experience, head over here.
I could go on and on about my story, about the things that have happened, and the things I’ve learned. But I’m actually more interested in learning about you. What health issues are you facing? Do you want to feel better? Are you not sure which direction to take to get there?
I want to help you on your health journey. I believe that gut health is at the base of our overall health, and so this is where I always begin (I’m currently being trained on how to interpret GI functional lab testing through Restorative Wellness Solutions). I’m also obsessed with hormonal health after what I’ve been through, and particularly love working with women from their early 30s through their mid-40s to regulate their hormones (that’s why I’m a graduate of Nicole Jardim’s Apprentice Program). But there’s so much more. Head over to my Whole Health Coaching page to learn more about this avenue, check out my self-guided programs here, and learn about the latest in hormone and gut health in our Public Library.