A few years ago, I found myself overworked, overbooked, overstressed and just plain exhausted. I would wake up early, rush through my daily life in constant high stress mode, eat a late dinner, watch a little TV, then fall into bed exhausted (but unable to sleep)...only to wake up and do it all over again the next day. I was like a hamster running on a wheel that never stopped! I was so caught up in my busy-ness, I didn’t even realize I felt terrible and wasn’t truly happy.
I had also been diagnosed with an auto-immune condition called Crohn’s Disease several years prior. Self-care, such as stress management, nutrition, physical fitness, and sleep all play a HUGE role in managing the debilitating flare ups that are a part of the Crohn’s experience (and in general well-being for anyone).
For months, I experienced flare ups off and on. I was unable to nourish my body properly and I began to drop weight I couldn’t afford to lose. It was often a struggle to get through my everyday life as a Sales Director for a national retail chain and a group fitness instructor. I was exhausted, weak, and my joints ached constantly.
But- I just kept pushing through…running as fast as I could on my hamster wheel, not slowing down for anything. This
approach rewarded me with a 5-day hospital stay to treat a severe flare up. This is what it took for me to realize I needed to make some big changes. I was going to jump off my hamster wheel!
Shortly after, I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Attending IIN was truly life changing. I learned not only how to nourish, heal, and fuel my body with food, but also about how other aspects of my life, such as career, home environment, sleep, and stress were impacting my health and well-being. My experience at IIN led me to re-evaluate EVERYTHING in my life, and to make some very specific changes for my health and happiness.
Along the way I found a deep passion for helping others along their own health journeys. I am now a practicing Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, and Group Fitness Instructor.
I get to spend every day helping others create happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives. I now live with more joy and freedom. I have more time and energy to spend doing the activities I love…whitewater kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, camping, and spending time with friends and family.
Whether or not you struggle with a chronic health condition, I truly believe we are ALL in charge of our own health and happiness. You have the power to create the life you want to live. Often you have to step back to discover what that life is, then create a plan to get there, like I did. I would be honored to help you discover and create your plan to live your best day, every day.
Autoimmune Disease Specialty
As an autoimmune disease sufferer myself, I know all too well the huge impact having a chronic illness can have you your life.
The foods we choose to eat, as well as our overall gut health, play a huge role in the management of autoimmune illnesses. To make it even more complicated, there isn't just one "right way" of eating. Food sensitivities are different for everyone and what may be one person's medicine may be another's poison.
Lifestyle choices also play a big role in controlling the illness. Sleep, stress tolerance, safe movement, and self-care are just as vital as nutrition in keeping autoimmune diseases in check.
I know how you feel...I've been there myself. I would love to help you discover how you can regain your life back from your autoimmune disease so you can live with more freedom, energy, and happiness.
I received my Health Coaching certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). Attending this school was a life changing experience!