My story began when I was young. I wanted to be pretty and thin. I was always on some kind of “diet” and I thought I knew what good nutrition was. After becoming a mom, I wanted to pass my good nutrition advice on to my boys so I fed them the same low fat, high carb diet that the “experts” were preaching. At the same time, my own health was suffering with chronic sinus infections, digestive issues, extreme fatigue and breathing difficulties. I went to lots of doctors who put me on months and months of antibiotics, gave me allergy shots, and treated me with steroids and other medications. I finally was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Wegener’s Granulomatosis. My life was centered around managing my symptoms.
About this time, my sister was diagnosed with celiac disease and had to give up gluten for the rest of her life. She was deathly ill, so we were all so grateful when one of her doctors finally figured it out. A light bulb went off for me, “If food is affecting her health, maybe it is affecting mine too.” And so began my journey to heal myself…
I started seeing a functional medicine doctor. He found that I had mercury toxicity, adrenal fatigue and overgrowth of candida. WHAT??!! He and a wonderful nutritionist guided me through an elimination diet to get rid of any allergens my body was reacting to. No gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, alcohol, corn… ugh! I had to relearn how to eat! I started reading, cooking, reading and then cooking some more. I learned that my body needed nutrient dense foods in order to heal and run properly. Although it took me a while to wrap my head around the idea that I had to change my diet and give up some of the foods I loved and craved (can you say candy?), I realized that my life depended on it. I didn’t want to feel sick anymore.
As I traveled on this new path, I started to practice yoga and then eventually became a yoga instructor. I am a physical therapist and hadn’t practiced since my youngest son was born, so this helped me get back into the work force. A passion for good nutrition was ignited and I needed to share it with everyone! I learned about the Weston A Price Foundation and the teachings of Dr. Price resonated with me; eat like our ancestors did and include foods that nourish our body.
Starting a local chapter made perfect sense! I recruited my 2 favorite nutritionists to help me. I was so excited to have a platform to teach my “new” health rules from. Now we have monthly meetings and hands-on workshops. I have met and made relationships with many local farmers who provide me with organic produce, grass fed pastured meats, fermented foods and even raw dairy.
My next step was to create this blog to share what I know with even more people. I hope you enjoy it and learn something along the way.