My first impressions of food came from my mother and grandmother, avid gardeners and accomplished cooks. Each time my family gathered around the table for a home-cooked meal, I experienced food’s power to bring people together.
These impressions created in me a passion for food which I followed into the restaurant industry, becoming a chef, caterer, and pastry chef. Unfortunately, along with the joys of cooking I also experienced the downside. Over the years my eating habits became erratic, leading to multiple health problems including high blood sugar, weight gain, and an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. Also during this time both of my parents passed away from conditions that dietary changes may have been able to positively address.
Clearly it was time for a change. Determined to regain my health, I focused on whole and minimally processed foods and experienced first-hand how simple dietary changes can lead to dramatic results. Eventually, this spurred me on to achieve certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP).
I advocate for food as a way for people to bond and connect and a way to heal and prevent illness.
I believe what we choose to eat is the cornerstone of our health and in making those choices, we have the power to determine whether we live vital and healthy lives or fall into disease. I can help you discover the most nourishing diet for you and guide you in taking back the power for your own health.
“I believe what we choose to eat is the cornerstone of our health, and in making those choices we have the power to determine whether we live vital and healthy lives or fall into disease. I can help you to discover the most nourishing diet for you and help you to take back the power for your own health."
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My intellectual approach makes me an effective advocate for food as a source of nourishment and healing and therefore a strong Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP).
I have a craving to know more, a key strength in the area of food and nutrition, where information grows at an exponential pace.
I have gone through some of the same health challenges as many of my clients and understand personally their desire to improve their health without giving up flavorful food.
I enjoy the process of learning and putting knowledge into practice. My focus on continual improvement means my clients benefit from new techniques, ingredients, and flavors.
I find areas of agreement and consensus, which is especially helpful when assisting clients in addressing and changing lifelong dietary patterns.