Welcome! I'm not exactly sure which direction this blog will go, but I figure I will start with sharing my story.
In 2008, I hit a tipping point. I was overweight and very unhappy. My mom took me to talk to a natural health practitioner. This woman told me that I feel this way because of what I am eating (chemicals, preservatives, sugar, etc.) and the fact that I was on birth control. This was all news to me at the time. She scared the crap out of me! Starting that day, I began to make little changes in my diet and started exercising a little more. Nothing crazy. Within a year I had lost about 30 pounds. Not only did I feel good physically, but I was a new person mentally and emotionally. I couldn't believe the life shift caused simply by eating more vegetables and less processed food. This was the first stage of the making of the wellness junkie I am today.
After going through college and a few years working in public accounting, I found that I was miserable and my health was plummeting. Even though I was eating well, the stress, long hours and lack of purpose took a serious toll on my health. In September 2013, my grandmother died from cancer. This turned my world upside down. I couldn't help but question the western medical model. I was convinced that things would have turned out differently if cancer was treated naturally, such as through nutrition. It was so painful for me to watch someone go through chemotherapy and being fed sugar everyday because "she needs to eat something." That month, I decided to quit my job and take some time to reassess what I was doing with my life. The next spring, I enrolled in a program to obtain my masters degree in nutrition.
This period also marked the beginning of my meditation journey. This all seems simple when I am writing it down, but at the time it felt anything but that. I was so confused and upset and was completely overwhelmed by the fact that I had no idea what was in store for me. I started meditating by trying out different apps and focusing on my breathing for 5 minutes or so a day. I immediately began to see changes and felt more at peace. Soon after, someone came into my life who helped me bring my meditation practice to the next level. I met with this teacher every week for almost a year. She taught me so much and changed my life more than she will ever know and I am so grateful. A consistent meditation practice helped me deal with all of the anxiety and depression I had been experiencing for the better part of my life. I was finally able to make decisions easily without going into a tailspin. I was able to feel at peace even when life threw curveballs and I didn't know what would happen next.
This wellness journey has yet to end. I am so passionate about experimenting and making changes to optimize my mind and body. Now I am nearing the end of my masters program and will soon be obtaining my Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) certification. I am also training to be a Nutrition Response Testing practitioner. Because meditation has had such a profound impact on my life, I would love to incorporate that into my career as well. I decided to create this website and blog to organize and share my thoughts, projects and services as I go through life as a healer. I hope I can touch the lives of people just as so many have touched mine.