I am an Advanced Certified Nutrition Consultant and Solle Naturals Specialist who provides total body wellness programs, tips and nutritional meal plans to people who want to achieve total body wellness.
I have a BA in English and Women Studies from Rutgers University and my certification in Natural Health from Trinity School of Natural Health. I started blogging here at MealDiva in 2013 sharing healthy recipes, tips and local places to shop, eat and obtain sustainable produce. In addition to food writing and blogging, I have been helping people to improve their health with a change of lifestyle and natural products. I work both locally in New Jersey and online teaching women, men and families how to live a life full of vibrancy and total body wellness using whole food nutrition. I want to share with you my passion for the body’s ability to heal itself if given the proper plan. Welcome!
Life is about enjoying the food that nourishes your body. Learn how to do what is BEST for your body NOW while having fun!
I also specialize in theories about nutrition, herbals, children’s needs, kinesiology, enzymes, anatomy and physiology.
Why and how I started this blog and business:
Food is admired and cultivated in my house on a daily basis and I originally started this blog as a hobby because I love to cook, write about food and take pictures. If you look in my recipes archives, you will see that over the years, my blogging went from being healthy but fun to a little more nutrition-information based. This happened because both my daughter and I were on wellness programs and incredible transformations were happening in my house!
While my daughter’s allergic reactions to foods was being transformed with a nutritional program and supplements, I was battling with depression, anxiety and simply couldn’t loose my baby weight. I had three children in 4 years and chose to give up my sales and marketing career to stay home and raise them. My husband works long hours and I was often left alone to care for my small children. Being alone with small kids has many moments of joy as well as many moments of loneliness and frustration. After I turned 30, PMS symptoms also started to kick in and there were days that I just didn’t think I was going to make it. Depression, brain fog, anxiety, sore breasts and loneliness surrounded me for at least one week every month. On top of that, I did not like what I saw in the mirror as an extra 20 pounds refused to come off of my body. After living in this cycle for close to 8 years, I decided to use my common sense, knowledge of natural remedies ( I grew up in a holistic house as my mom is a Naturopath) to pave a new way for myself. I learned how to meal plan, cook healthier meals and what supplements and exercises made me feel better. I made a plan and didn’t let anything stand in my way. As the fog began to lift and I started to feel like my old self, I decided to dive head first into holistic nutrition and take classes.
I graduated from Trinity School of Natural Health as an ACNC with a new sense of wellness and self-love. I also started working as a Solle Specialist with a supplement company called Solle Naturals (who believes in nourishing both the body and mind using whole food nutritional supplements) and I now have boundless energy, a positive out look on life and a body that is not only healthy but happy as well. My mission in life is to share everything that I have learned not only personally but professionally with people like yourself. Every day I am thankful for my journey and how it lead me to this new career path.
Here’s my daughter “Peanut’s” story and how it has changes our lives:
My oldest daughter has life threatening food allergies to shellfish, tree nuts and sesame. After several visits with many different allergy Dr.’s, we felt hopeless and lost about how to handle the allergies ( to put this into perspective, my daughter went into anaphylaxis during a routine allergy test – her allergies were that BAD). In addition to having food allergies, she wasn’t reading on grade level and her teacher wanted to test her for ADD. I believe everything happens for a reason and just when we were about to give up, I was given the name of a Integrative Medical Dr. that specializes in food allergies, ADD and autism.
During our first appointment I knew that she as an angel sent from Heaven.
We had my daughters allergies tested again ( blood tests this time) and the Dr. reviewed the results with the goal of treating her allergies holistically with the theory that allergies are simply an immune response. The blood tests confirmed many of her known allergies and revealed many more. For example, I had no idea that my daughter was highly allergic to peanuts, gluten and whey protein. She never stopped breathing when she ate them and I was confused. In fact, she ate a peanut butter on whole wheat bread almost daily with no reaction ( or so I thought). The Dr. prescribed a variety of vitamins and mineral and oils that would counter each allergy along with an outline of what she should avoid (like peanut butter and gluten). Coming from a holistic family, I dove right into the program, started meal planning and we followed the Dr.’s orders to the letter.
6 weeks into the lifestyle change, my daughter came down the stairs one morning with a big smile on her face. She looked at me and said “mommy, I didn’t know I was allowed to feel this way!” I asked her to explain and she told me that her “daily stomach ache was magically gone.” My daughter thought that living with a daily stomach ache was normal. In fact, until that moment, I had no idea that pain was part of her everyday.
Later that week I got a call from her 3rd grade teacher asking me what medication I had put her on because she was a completely different student. I told her that she was on a simple whole foods nutritional program featuring supplements like Vitamin D and Zinc and that we took Gluten, peanut butter and whey protein out of her diet as well. The teacher was was at a loss for words.
That year, my daughter went up 7 reading levels in 4 months. Fast forward 3 years and she is an active athlete, advanced math student who no longer needs extra help in reading. She enjoys life to the fullest, laughs all the time and I couldn’t be more grateful. ALL OF THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE WE TRUSTED THE POWER OF WHOLE FOOD NUTRITION AND BUILT UP HER IMMUNE SYSTEM!
Through these experiences my family started believing in the power of food and being well from the inside out. My daughters’ journey continues to be inspirational as we watch her grown and thrive. As “Peanut” succeeded on her program and I succeeded on mine, everything came together and now I want to HELP YOU LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE TOO!
Whole food nutrition is POWERFUL!
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A little more about me:
I was born in Barrie, Ontario then raised in Oakville, Ontario until high school when my family moved to California then to New Jersey. Like all good Canadians, I have a maple leaf tattoo but I love it here in NJ! I l also love chocolate, tacos, freshly picked strawberries and mangos. I am addicted to seltzer and my other beverages of choice are Italian wines and lemon infused water. I have a strong dislike for anything with fake fruit filling, ketchup and soft cheese that isn’t melted. Spring is my favorite season and I love living in the country and supporting local farms and artisan food makers ( thus the Eat Local section of this blog)!
I live with my husband and three small children, who for the purpose of this blog will be called:
- Peanut, she’s 11
- Spud, she’s 9
- Stew, he’s 7
Yes, these are all nicknames that they have had since birth. My children and husband are mentioned in many of my posts because they are the reason I started cooking: they are my challengers, my critics and my cheerleaders. All of my recipes are “kid” approved and packed full of healthy flavors!
In addition, I write for JerseyBites. You can check out my New Jersey food reviews and adventures by visiting the Out & About section on the blog.
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