Growing up in New Jersey I’ve always struggled with my weight. I moved in with my dad at the age of 8 and I was pretty much raised by my dad and step-mom. Even though I came from a broken family, I did have support from my stepmom to make better choices when it came to what I ate. However, I still struggled immensely. When I went away for college at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, I was able to gain control of my weight. Most college kids gain the “freshman 15”, but I lost 20 pounds! This success evoked a passion for health and fitness, so I began working at a health food store and gym. Being in this environment helped me turn my health around and discover a passion for the wellness industry, although I did not know it yet.
At St. Joseph’s University I received a B.S. Psychology and headed straight into a job for Foreign Exchange at Bankers Trust, where I met my husband. We had 2 children and I became a stay-at-home mom for 12 years. While I loved every moment of being there for my children, I felt lost when it came to my life’s purpose. Struggling with my identity, I became miserable and my weight was a constant struggle.
Unfortunately, like more and more marriages, mine ended in divorce. As sad as I was to be separating from a wonderful man, I knew that the decision was best for myself and my children. As my life transitioned from married stay-at-home-mom to divorced single mom of two children, my professional life changed, too. I also got involved with a group of women entrepreneurs called Lady Savant. This group re-ignited my passion for the health industry because the women regarded me as strong, healthy, and happy.
I was ready to pursue my passion again! I decided to go back to school for nutrition and health coaching. After graduating from IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition), my focus turned from general health and fitness to hormone and gut health. Years of suffering from debilitating PMS symptoms inspired me to use my knowledge and experience to create a PMS protocol that I adopted in my own life. The results were immediate! I was onto something, and I had to share it with more women who were suffering each month, just as I had been.
One key piece to the PMS protocol was improving my nutrition. Even though I was a pretty healthy eater, once I eliminated all processed foods, sugars, and lowered my carbohydrate intake, the intense cravings and cramps went away. From my years in nutrition, I also knew that adding healthy fats would be crucial to my energy and mood stabilization. It made sense to naturally adopt a ketogenic way of eating. This style of nutrition has helped me lose body fat while having focused energy to power through workouts and keep up with my teenagers’ hectic schedules.
Aside from diet and fitness, I had to make other lifestyle changes and create better habits in order to live the life I knew I deserved. Practicing self-care, taking time to do the things I love with the people I love, giving up negative self-talk, and transitioning into a career where I can provide customized fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle solutions to other women to help THEM live their best lives are what have gotten me to where I am today. Am I perfect? Absolutely not, but I no longer strive for perfectionism. These days I embrace the freedom that a healthy mind, body, and spirit provides me.
You deserve the same, my friend! Let’s have a chat. I am here to help you achieve the best version of yourself because that is what you deserve!