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:
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.
right 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.