My Health Journey
I hit a "rock bottom" in 2008. I had just moved to New York, went through a bad breakup, had bedbugs in my apartment, was training for the New York Marathon and dealing with horrible knee pain, and worked at a soul-sucking job.
Something had to change.
When I found out about the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I literally enrolled within two days. I knew this was it. They talked about a holistic approach to health, meaning you had to address all parts of life: career, relationships, spirituality, physical activity. You know - all the parts of my life that were falling apart! This was my chance to start fresh, connect with healthy people, and finally resolve the disordered eating that had chased me from my teens into my twenties.
At Integrative Nutrition, I studied with top nutrition experts (Dr. Oz, David Katz, Andrew Weil, Geneen Roth, Deepak Chopra and more) and received my certification from Columbia University Teachers College and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
I learned that food is medicine, and you can use food to clear up many health problems. It sounds simple, but if you let that sink in, it’s a total game-changer.
I completely changed gears with my career, and now work in functional medicine with the incredible Dr. Frank Lipman at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in NYC. As a health coach, I see a wide range of patients but have been particularly fascinated by digestion and digestive health.
I have a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a Master’s degree in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College. I continue my nutrition education by taking courses through the Institute of Functional Medicine, Andrea Nakayama's Holistic Nutrition Lab, and tons of reading.
I’ve run four marathons, and many half-marathons. I’ve traveled all over, from Machu Picchu to the Trans-siberian Railroad to the Great Barrier Reef to Mount Kilimanjaro and the Appalachian Trail. Most recently, I spent 6 months in India where I developed a heart-opening yoga practice, did intensive meditation, drafted a book, got married in a small temple at the origin of the holy Ganges and hiked the mighty Himalayas.
My life today is unrecognizable from 6 years ago, and I'm so grateful for the obstacles that prodded me to clean up my act.
I firmly believe that you too can transform your life, and that the process should feel good, taste delicious and be fun. (If it's not, that's a sign that you're doing it wrong!) I started this blog to share the juicy tidbits that I've learned along the way.
My little pup Coconut believes in you too!
Lots of love,