(the real life story version)
When I was 16 I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic.
The doctor said “don’t eat sugar and you’ll be fine.”
To my 16 year old self, that was basically like telling me I might as well die…..so I conitnued eating my terrible diet of processed foods and lots of sugar.
During my teens, 20’s and early 30’s I struggled with depression, fatigue and random health issues until my early 30’s.
In December of 2005, I was so depressed and miserable I thought of five different ways to end my life.
I didn’t want to leave that legacy for my nieces and nephews but didn’t feel like there were any other options—despite having a master’s in counseling & growing up hearing “if you have Jesus, everything will be ok”.
I definitely didn’t feel ok.
As I was contemplating which would be the least painful way to end my life, I remembered reading a book that talked about how sugar causes depression and decided to give up sugar for a week to see if I felt any better.
I figured that if I felt better, I could look into the food thing further and if I didn’t, what was one more miserable week?
As the week went on, I could feel a fog leaving my body—it was as if my life was starting to come back to me.
This newfound understanding that what I was eating could change how I felt changed everything I thought about counseling and helping people.
I needed to know more about how food impacts us so I became a certified Health Coach and Natural Food Chef; I was obsessed with learning tools to helping people get better.
Because of my crazy sweet tooth, after culinary school, I co-found the country’s first gluten-free, allergen-friendly and refined sugar-free bakery, which was featured on The Food Network and the Cooking Channel.
After a few years, I sold my interests in the bakery and started coaching for Tony Robbin’s organization. I coached for 3.5 years; over 10K coaching sessions.
I realized that coaching was helpful—we all need to be working towards somethings—but if we focus on the future but we haven’t healed our past wounds, it’s like putting perfume on poop--it’s going to show up at some point in our lives and bring trouble—something was missing.
I knew therapy was helpful—we all need our stories to be witnessed—but if we keep telling the same story over and over, we remain stuck in that emotion—something was missing.
This is when I was introduced to an energy-medicine-based healing system known as The Body Code.
Being the forever skeptic, I thought it was ridiculous but it was the first time I felt the heaviness in my chest was gone.
I realized that it was the missing link in my toolbox and the shifts my clients were experiencing were way better than when I was “just a coach” or “just a therapist”.
I left the Tony Robbins organization in 2017 so that I could use all of the tools in my toolbox to help my clients with their struggles...depression, anxiety, low self-confidence, lack of self-love and struggles with their body image
I love the texts & emails that I get from clients telling me how much better they feel as we work together to shift their energy.
I’ve written two books “Smart, Sexy Sweets, Decadent Desserts That Happen to be Free of Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Corn, Nuts & Refined Sugar” and “Love, Yourself: a 28-day Journey to Love the Skin (and Life) You’re In”.
Both can be found on Amazon.
When I’m not coaching others you can find me at the Aerial Studio climbing silks or on the Lyra, suspended in mid-air.