About Me

 

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I’m a nurse with a life-long passion for food and holistic nutrition.  In my spare time, I can usually be found playing with my son, watching movies with my husband, blogging, or reading…usually with coffee or a homemade kombucha in hand. My love of Harry Potter borders on obsessive, and I’ve recently discovered a passion for painting, even though I’m not very good.

My desire is to help educate people on the importance of quality nutrition and a toxin-free (or at least, toxin-extremely-limited) lifestyle.

 My Weight Loss Story: 

208287_502913287215_3297_n before college

My interest in holistic health and wellness became personal in college when I developed stress-induced health issues, including terrible eczema, lactose-intolerance, severe acne for the first time in my life,  and a total weight gain of close to 45 pounds.  I was motivated to get through nursing school (in 3 years instead of 4), but relied on lots of coffee and sugar to survive a busy schedule that made me eat about half of my meals in the car every day.

24154_511037501225_7144200_nright after college, at my heaviest

 After I finished my nursing degree and started working night shift, my unhealthy habits continued and my eczema still hadn’t resolved.  In an effort to resolve it without medication, I eliminated dairy from my diet.  After four months without improvement, I also eliminated gluten.  This left me with an accidentally paleo/primal diet because I basically eliminated all processed foods.  Did you know mayonnaise has gluten in it?  Why do you need gluten in your mayo?  But I digress…
This diet was amazing. Yes, it was restrictive and required a bit more preparation when eating meals outside of my own home, but I felt incredible.  Even though I worked night shift, I had enough energy to stop at the gym on my way home from work in the mornings to run (I was so not a runner before!).  I lost 25 pounds and got back down into my high school jeans and favorite dresses. My eczema got infected and I ended up needing antibiotics to clear it up, but once it was gone, it never came back.
I notice that what I put into my body effects not only my jean size but also my mental clarity, energy levels, and mood.  Yes, it’s hard to pass on sweets (and I’ll admit, I still indulge sometimes), but it’s so much nicer to actually have energy to exercise and have the mental clarity to make those healthy choices for myself.
Disclaimer:  While I am a registered nurse, it is not under my license to be able to diagnose or prescribe treatment for illness or disease.  Therefore, I can provide suggestions and research, but please consult with your doctor before trying anything as treatment. 

4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I just recently went process food free, it’s been a struggle! Mainly for food prep as you mentioned! I’m excited to see someone on the other end of the spectrum, something to look forward to! Thanks for the post!

    1. That’s great, Kayla! It’s definitely a process, but it gets easier with practice! Soon processed foods will be foreign to you. 🙂

  2. Hi there,

    I found your blog after one of my friends shared it with me on Facebook and wanted to run a few things by you. I’m working on a medical delivery project and I think it’s something you could definitely relate to. Let me know if you have a moment to discuss.

    Thanks!

    Andrew

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