I’ve always been enthusiastic for life. In fact, I surprised my parents by coming a year early! I was the child who would climb up to the top of the swing set and not know how to get down. I adored my family and friends, thoroughly enjoyed school, loved boys and particularly appreciated the mountains, where I have now lived for more years than I care to admit!
Not everything in life is easy, though. I was only 30 years old when my mother was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune condition. Sadly, the doctors really didn’t know what to do for her. I can remember looking at all the medications lined up on our counter top thinking, “There has to be a better way!” It was so complicated and, of course, there were countless contraindications and side effects. Ironically, my mother died five years later from a rare form of meningitis, a consequence of her lowered immune system from the steroid she was taking for her lupus.
This triggered in me a desire to find a better way. I set out to find one and have been on this quest ever since. I became a certified Health Coach. What I have discovered is that there are many better ways, but no magic bullet. Every body is unique. Our environments are different, as are our lifestyles and genetics. Nevertheless, there are guiding principles that work for most everyone.
Health is about wholeness – body, mind and spirit. Good nutrition, exercise and sleep are pillars of good health. Our lifestyles and attitudes either contribute to or detract from our well-being. There are things we can easily change, things that require more effort to change, and things we have no control over.
In today’s world we cannot get all the nutrients we need from the food that we eat. We are bombarded every day with pollution and additives in our food and often don’t have the energy to exercise, even when we know we should. My passion is to help people find the simplest and most doable solutions to the challenges we face and lead them to a place of optimal health and wellness.