My personal journey into health coaching and business mentoring began over 20 years ago, though I didn’t know it. I have lived with fibromyalgia since the Gulf War and when the VA suggested I was unable to work anymore, I panicked.
I couldn’t see myself sitting at home. All Day. EVERY DAY!
That just wasn’t me and I proved it.
The day they suggested I stop working altogether was my WAKE-UP call. I took action and my life into my own hand and today I live an active life free of medications that cause side-effects, have a lifestyle that I cherish, a fun-loving family and a fulfilling career that supports my goals and allows me the joy of helping others.
I live for the A-HA!
The small yet, powerful insights that come to us every day.
I’ve always been active. I rode horses and swam competitively as a young girl. After being in college for a few years, I joined the Army to earn money for Veterinary School.
As it turned out, I liked the Army. I was a food inspector in the Veterinary Corps and spent my time in field units. I had the privilege to work with refugees and be at the center of world events. After 12.5 years in the Army, my body started to break down.
No one knew what was happening to me, but it became apparent I wasn’t deployable. I had moved up in the ranks quickly and though it was a tough job, I loved it. Leaving the military was a very difficult decision.
Initially I spent time at home with my family. But being who I am, I became restless and got back to work. Eventually I found myself teaching at CSU Monterey Bay. When I first started teaching I was in bad shape physically and emotionally. I was barely mobile, I wouldn’t drive outside our city limits, I was full of guilt for not being more involved with my family and drowning in anxiety over how far I was going to fall.
It was during my second year at CSUMB that the VA decided I should go on 100% disability.
Immediately I enrolled in a Tai Chi course. It hurt when they made us hold a position, but I started to feel some relief. Then I started belly dancing. I not only started to feel more relief, I started to feel like a woman again. Eventually I convinced my doctors to allow me to go on a Merchant Marine training ship for the entire summer, sailing around the Pacific. Not only was I able to go on the trip, but I wound up running the Study at Sea program for 4 years and sailed 3 summers.
I got moving and never looked back.
Since that time, I’ve pushed myself even more. For a while I rode my bike to work, a 15 mile trip one way and ran several races. My longest being the 21 miler at Big Sur. That’s a tough course with a beautiful view.
I still have the occasional flare up and I need to monitor myself so I don’t overdo it, but I do more than I thought I ever would, again.
How did I find myself as Certified FDN Practitioner?
I’ve always been a learner, and have coached, taught or trained people my entire life, and when my masseuse suggested I take what I learned and share it with others, it felt right.
And knowing that both hormones & fibromyalgia affect every system in your body, I knew I needed to approach this with a functional approach.
I’m still traveling my journey and have more healing to do, but I’m so excited about how it’s going. My episodes are fewer, less intense and don’t last as long. In fact, I don't live with chronic pain anymore – no chronic pain. Can you imagine that for yourself?
It’s not about an end state though. This experience has taught me exactly how important our health is, and that health is more than being “in shape.” Our spirit, mind and bodies have different needs and desires and in learning how to take care of all three, I am discovering true health.
I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected.
- Do you overdo it and experience a painful flare-up?
- Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat?
- Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising?
As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole. You will get to know how the Essentials of your life work together to create a whole you.
My approach is NOT to dwell on calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. It is NOT to create lists of restrictions of good and bad foods or behaviors.
Instead, I leverage how the mind & body work together and use functional labs and clinical observations and correlation to uncover H.I.D.D.E.N. stressors and identify healing opportunities so you can have a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding.
Together we’ll work to reach your health goals in areas such as relieving chronic pain and digestive issues, stabilizing moods (and end emotional eating), achieving optimal weight, increasing restful sleep, and maximizing energy. As we work together, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you and implement lasting changes that will improve your energy, balance and health.
What are my qualifications, other than experience?
I am a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner registered with the AADP (American Association of Drugless Practitioners). My training is from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN).
- Certified at the Mastery level of the Transformational Coaching Method™
- Certified M.E.L.T.Method™ Hand and Foot Instructor
- Certified Hormone Cure Coach trained in Dr. Sara Gottfried’s The Gottfried Protocol™ for Natural Hormone Balancing
- Certified Mastering Thyroid: with Full Potential Living
- Certified MindMapping Coaching Method Practitioner
- and a contributing columnist for the Marina Gazette.
My experience with over 20 years of living with Fibromyalgia and a lifetime of hormone issues and emotional eating along with my education has equipped me with understanding and extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Drawing on these, I coach clients on strategies to make lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.