At the time in my life I needed it most, I discovered the world of natural health. At 35, I was a successful graphic designer and mother of two small children. I worked out regularly and followed the latest health trends in diet. Yet, I was falling apart, always exhausted and the future seemed bleak.
My own problems were profound.
I was suffering from digestive problems, food intolerances, allergies, frequent upset stomach, constant bloating, acne, eczema, severe hypoglycemia, radical emotional swings, frequent depression and a quick temper. My symptoms included energy drops throughout the day, waking up throughout the night, restless sleeping patterns, adrenal burnout and 15 pounds of excess weight I could not lose no matter what I tried. I had cysts in my breasts and at least a dozen others located around my body. They were increasing in number and size and it was really starting to scare me. My hair was thinning rapidly, my eyebrows no longer existed and my eyelashes were starting to fall out, my nails were brittle and would not grow, my skin was so dry, it would crack and bleed on my hands and feet.
And there’s more…
My immune system was weak, I got sick frequently and it would take me a long time to get over even a basic cold. I could not stand being in the sun and would burn horribly, even with sunscreen. My gums had recessed to the point at which I could not drink hot or cold beverages without pain, and brushing my teeth was a delicate situation which usually ended with blood in my mouth. I had horrible digestive problems that made me afraid to leave the house. That time of the month was excruciatingly painful and debilitating and I experienced multiple miscarriages. I had many irritating issues and was really quite tired of being told it was just part of getting older. Seriously, I wasn’t even 40. And if I was falling apart at this age, what was my future going to hold for me — more suffering?
The solution turned out to be simple.
Overnight, I embraced a wholesome, natural way of life and immediately my world began to change. Over a decade later, I am healthier, look younger and am thriving with more energy than ever before. I no longer suffer from those daily inconveniences. They are long-past memories of a very different me.
What motivated the change?
Ironically I had modified my lifestyle not for me, but for my family. At the age of 40, my husband was diagnosed with an advanced form of cancer that had metastasized into his bones. It was too far advanced to eradicate. My kids were going to have to grow up without a father unless something changed fast.
A leap of faith.
I knew of a practice called Macrobiotics and I was willing to try anything to help my family. So I sought out experts, made the changes, got in the kitchen and cooked. Friends, family and the community around me thought I was a bit crazy. But I felt in my heart I had to do something and cooking I could do. So I forged ahead.
Miracles happen everyday.
Only nine months later, my husband had a clean bill of health! Their were no more signs of disease in his body to be found. Everyone was amazed at our modern day miracle. It was incredible to witness how diet and lifestyle changes, new ways of thinking and managing stress helped turn around his health and changed our lives for the better.
I got empowered.
I change my families life with a kitchen knife in one hand and a carrot in the other. And now too, I was the healthiest I had ever been and it showed. I was symptom free, fit and trim, glowing and happy. My future became much brighter and it all started in my very own kitchen with me taking control, getting educated and making the natural practices my new lifestyle and livelihood.
I love to teach. I am passionate about what I do and I truly enjoy guiding and inspiring others. I find the power of Mother Nature to be fascinating and our ability to self-heal amazing. I share the knowledge of both to help improve the lives of others with an approach that is simple, delicious and fun.
To help others help themselves.
- Certified Macrobiotic Chef & Teacher – Kushi Institute, Beckett Massachussetts
- Certified Macrobiotic Counselor – MacroAmerica with David Briscoe
- Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher – Awareness Center, Pasadena California
- Graphic Designer – Rochester Institute of Technology