The seed of my work was planted in me at a young age, growing up on my family’s farm in a small town in Maine. Early on, I gained a strong sense of where food comes from and an abundant appreciation for the hard work that goes into growing it.
But as I got older, I fell into the conflicting diet trap and started choosing '100 calorie packs' over real food because it was marketed as a healthy option. It wasn’t long before I began to feel ‘off’ and out of sync with my body - from chronic fatigue, anxiety, migraines, digestive issues, and acne. Worst of all, I was told these symptoms were ‘normal’ for women my age.
But these health issues got so bad that I ended up in a hospital for six weeks on a cocktail of medications, wondering if I was ever going to feel good again. I was faced with two choices: take medication for the rest of my life or learn alternative ways to regain control of my health naturally. Innately, I chose the 'farmacy' over the pharmacy and began a life-changing journey exploring the world of functional nutrition and holistic health.
In 2005, I chose to pursue a degree in clinical nutrition. But the more I learned about clinical nutrition, the more I realized that many of the dietary guidelines didn't align with my inherent beliefs which stemmed from my agricultural roots: the categorization of ketchup as a vegetable for instance, or the clinical principle that “all calories are created equal”. Some of the 'food rules' seemed rigid, dated, and failed to address important nutritional gaps. Upon graduating, I re-routed my nutrition education from these clinical standards to a holistic foundation.
In my holistic studies, what I had inherently known since my childhood on our farm was put into context: that quality food has the miraculous ability to act like nature’s own medicine and heal our bodies from within. I began to see that my symptoms weren’t the real problem, they were simply messages from my body attempting to get my attention so I could address the root cause of the problem. Once I gained the tools and knowledge to connect the dots for myself, I became empowered to be the ‘manager’ of my body.
I knew in my heart it was a story that had to be shared with the world. In 2010, Nutrition Simplified was born to educate and empower individuals to restore their bodies through the wisdom of nature.
Today, I hold a Master of Science Degree (M.S.) and Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Holistic Nutrition, an Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) in clinical nutrition, am a Registered Dietetic Technician (DTR), and specialize in holistic nutrition. As a Board-Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, I’ve coached thousands of individuals over the years and still, am so inspired when I see a client’s life transform by tuning in to the innate intelligence of their body, and supporting it by integrating the wisdom of nature into their daily lives.
Rooted in a holistic approach, I embrace the interplay between nutrition, bio-individuality, and mindset to help you build a lifestyle that not only serves you, but one that you truly love. My intention is to share with you how to take your health into your own hands by utilizing nature’s 'farmacy' so you can become the driver of your own wellness journey.
So my friend, are you ready to reclaim your power over your health?
You can start where you are, right now.
All you have to do is take the first step...