Welcome to MealDiva!
I am an Advanced Certified Nutrition Consultant, healthy tips and recipe blogger who specializes in helping busy moms and families live their best lives thru whole food nutrition. I offer holistic centered programs and plans tailored to each of my clients needs and special health concerns including heart healthy diets, food allergies and sensitivities, autoimmune conditions, whole food eating and weight loss support. Learn how to eat what is BEST for your body and still enjoy delicious food!
I also specialize in theories about nutrition, herbals, children’s needs, kinesiology, enzymes, anatomy and physiology.
Why and how I started this blog:
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 my daughter was on a wellness program and incredible transformations were happening in my house!
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 this experience my family started learning about the power of food and being well from the inside out. As “Peanut” succeeded on this program, I wanted to find out more so I enrolled in courses and eventually got my ACNC certification from Trinity School of Natural Health. My daughters’ journey has continues to be inspirational as we watch her grown and thrive.
Whole food nutrition is POWERFUL!
And that’s why I decided to pursue a career in holistic nutrition – to help others live their best lives too.
Working with me:
I work everyday with private clients, HELPING BUSY, MOTIVATED INDIVIDUALS GET ANSWERS AND FIGURE OUT THE ROOT CAUSE OF THEIR HEALTH PROBLEMS.
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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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