“I remember waking up in the middle of the night wondering if I was dying. I had chronic insomnia, anxiety, brain fog, digestive discomfort, fatigue, muscle tightness-the list goes on. I would get colds that were going around, but they would land me in bed for days. It got to a point that I had a hard time formulating sentences because I couldn’t recall words. Not to mention, my poor family had to endure endless amounts of unpredictable mood swings. I knew I could not go on this way. I did what most people do and scheduled an appointment to see my primary care doctor. After waiting for over 45 minutes, I finally was able to talk to her about my symptoms. She listened, she took some vitals and said she would run some blood tests. She said, “You can touch your toes, you’re healthy.” What she was insinuating was I was thin, therefore I must be fine. I took this as “it must all be in my head”.
My results came back, and I showed mild inflammation markers and everything else looked normal. She said that I probably had gastritis and told me to pick up some prilosec because it should help with my digestive issues. I knew this was not the solution, and I knew I was on my own to figure out what was going on with me. After going online and doing some research, I believed I had an overgrowth of candida, a fungus we all have in our body, also called candidiasis. The treatment was to change the way I was eating and take supplements to correct the imbalance in my flora. It felt overwhelming at first. I worried about what my friends and family would say about my strict way of eating. I was going to be “that girl”. The difficult friend to go out and eat with. I found my groove, though, and within 3 months I was feeling 90% better. I discovered I had a wheat allergy, and gluten was a big part of my mood swings and chronic soreness. I wondered who else was going through this and how could I help them? This is when I learned about health coaching.”
I am a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I am also a certified neuromuscular massage therapist, and I received my degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from UC Santa Cruz.
I believe that health is dependent on striking a balance between eating nutrient-rich foods, being active, and finding ways to grow joy in all aspects of your life including career, relationships, and spirituality.
Before I became a health coach, I ran a massage practice for 7 years. During my time as a massage therapist, I learned that people’s pain was connected to more than just injury and poor ergonomics. I noticed that the severity of their pain was influenced by the foods they ate. I didn’t fully appreciate the connection between nutrition and physical and mental well-being until I battled with my own fatigue, insomnia and anxiety. I tried denial, I tried medication, but it wasn’t until I cleaned up the way I was eating that I noticed a remarkable improvement in my health.
My fascination with genetics and microbiology has allowed me to stay on top of the quickly evolving topics of epigenetics and microbiome health. I have found that my background in genetics and microbiology has proven essential in my understanding of how to heal from and defend against disease.
I have had the honor of supporting many people who have addressed their sugar cravings, uncovered food sensitivities and increased their confidence with food and lifestyle choices. Let me support you on your path toward healing!!