Nutrition

My Food Journey

My food journey started years ago whilst living in Austria. When I was sixteen, I decided to become vegetarian. Almost instantly I felt and looked healthier.

One of the many reasons for this was that the “Standard American Diet” did not sit well within our family. My husband developed high cholesterol and was put on statins. I put on over 20 pounds and, even though I ran 4-6 miles daily, I was unable to shift the extra weight. I realized that exercise alone would not cut it to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, so I decided to become a nutritionist to find out how. I certified in 2017 with the American Fitness Professional Association. In 2018, I certified as a Personal Trainer and certified in 2019 as a  Holistic Nutritionist. Based on my studies and the knowledge gathered over the years our family has adopted a whole food plant-based diet. The results of which are…

 

Of the many things you can do to enhance your wellbeing none is more important than maintaining proper nutrition. Many people realize this but exposure to confusing and often contradictory information about nutrition makes it difficult for some to formulate healthy nutritional strategies.

 

Compare the traditional American diet (based on meat, refined-flour products, processed and mass manufactured foods, packaged fatty or sugary snacks and sweets) to the diets of traditional Asian and Mediterranean societies (based on unprocessed grains, rice, whole-wheat flour, beans, fresh vegetables and fruits). The latter diet is associated with less heart disease and several kinds of cancer, lower rates of obesity and diabetes. This type of diet helps us maintain a healthy body weight, lessen inflammation and insulin resistance and improve blood vessel functioning.

 

Nutrition represents the combined activities of countless food substances. The whole is greater than the sum of its part. (T. Colin Campbell, Phd author of the China Study)

 

Our biology is supremely complex, evolved over eons to be in balance with whole foods. To the detriment of many millions (if not billions) of human beings, this balance has been interrupted by our more recent so-called socioeconomic advances. So, what’s the answer? It’s certainly not in substituting a healthy diet with expensive supplements, it’s not a radical change to some previously undiscovered magical diet and it isn’t about exercising away all those calories.

 

It’s about balance, education and recognition of the positive role food can play in our lives.

 

This is where I help people. Food is one of the most important aspects of life and we need re-think our approach. Many people look at the need to eat well as an expense, an annoyance and something that distracts us from our busy lifestyles. For me food is a central part of family life. The kitchen is the hub of our household, meals eaten together connect us as a family and, also with our friends. Cooking is mediation for me, the mere act of creation is a stress reliever. On top of all that it’s delicious, connects us to new flavors, cultures and adds a dimension to life that I could not do without.

 

Once we make this psychological change the rest flows almost effortlessly. Ok, it requires some effort in learning, planning and food prep but the benefits are a thousand times more. I’m here to help you make the transition, both psychologically but also in helping you learn how to create fantastic menus, plan your diet and minimize time spent on what is undeniably on of the most important aspects of life itself.