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I grew up in Wisconsin in a pretty “normal” family. I didn’t drink Kool-Aid or eat as much processed crap as many do these days, but my mom was always on a diet and my dad put away quite a lot of Pepsi, potato chips and ice cream while watching football (still does). As a young kid, especially back then, I was outside a lot and didn’t give much though to physical “exercise” or eating healthy. As I got older I started on the roller coaster that is the modern American diet, never satisfied with my weight or how I looked and always looking for the “right” answer.

I grew up in Wisconsin in a pretty “normal” family. I didn’t drink Kool-Aid or eat as much processed crap as many do these days, but my mom was always on a diet and my dad put away quite a lot of Pepsi, potato chips and ice cream while watching football (still does). As a young kid, especially back then, I was outside a lot and didn’t give much though to physical “exercise” or eating healthy. As I got older I started on the roller coaster that is the modern American diet, never satisfied with my weight or how I looked and always looking for the “right” answer.

I got married to my high-school sweetheart 3 days before my high-school graduation ceremony. He was in the Navy, so I moved to Florida soon after. We were young and he was a bit controlling and a little possessive, and it only lasted about 2.5 years. For reasons I don’t think will ever be quite clear, I had 2 more husbands (progressively meaner and scarier) over the next 5 years. I moved from Florida to Seattle to San Diego. Each time I got married took courage, but each time I left took more.

Back on the dieting front, I think I tried just about all of them. Counting points and calories and grams and ounces, packaged meals, low-fat, high-fat, low-carb, 6 meals a day, purposefully skipping meals and everything from super intense workouts twice a day to working out at home with Tony Horton long before P90X was all the rage… I was willing to try just about anything, finally even injecting myself with hormones and following a crazy 500 calorie a day diet. No matter what anyone tells you, that’s just not healthy or good for your body!

Somewhere in the middle of all that “experimentation” I started to uncover the truth about health and weight loss, even though I didn’t know it yet. It started coming together when I read “The McDougall Plan for Maximum Weight Loss” and over night became a vegan. That was a pretty big change for a girl who had grown up in the dairy state and was living in the land of longhorns! From that point on I started devouring every nutrition book or theory out there and tweaking my own approach to eating for health.

You know how they say happiness comes from doing what you love? Well, hello! I clearly LOVED learning and sharing about health and nutrition. The more I read the more I realized that this information needs to get out in the world in a BIG way! We need to wake up and take control of our health and well being, and understand that we cannot rely on our government or industry or anyone else to do it for us. I also realized that people need help finding their way through this unfamiliar territory, and to make sense of all the often conflicting information out there in the world.

Realizing that I was already acting as a “health coach” to friends and family that were constantly asking for my advice, I decided it was a sign that I already was a powerful guide helping people help themselves. I embraced this path when I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition based in New York City and became a board certified Holistic Health Counselor. I have received training in over 100 dietary theories and important tools for managing everything that life can dish out. I learned from some of the top experts in the health and wellness industry today including Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Marion Nestle and Joy Bauer.

In 2012, with just under a month notice, my husband and I sold almost everything we owned, packed our truck and a 12×12 enclosed trailer, and set off to Akumal, Mexico. It’s an adventure unlike anything I’ve ever done, and not something I’m sure I was completely ready for. It’s been quite a ride, and I can’t wait to see what’s next!