Why I Love What I Do
I am passionate about helping women achieve their wellness goals and develop a love for their bodies. I know personally what it is like to struggle with your body and how that can negatively affect all aspects of your life.
For many years I used food as not only my comfort but as a way to self-sabotage my own success. As a teenager due to my poor food choices and emotional trauma, I became very sick and eventually diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. At the time I did not associate my illness with my lifestyle choices, so following the recommendations of my doctors I began taking large quantities of invasive drugs and continued my life as usual. Throughout college, I continued to gain weight, have problems with my health, and deal with the regret and low self-esteem associated with being unhappy in my body. My body had become my bitter adversary, not my trusted ally.
In my early twenties, I started getting more interested in nutrition and fitness. I started doing my own research on holistic wellness. This is when I decided to get off my ulcerative colitis medication and to treat my disease with plant-based nutrition and exercise. I immediately saw the positive effects and was able to manage my disease without medication. Just because I knew what to do and even saw the positive changes in my health and body, this still wasn’t enough to create permanent change in my life.
I now had the knowledge to heal, but what I did not realize was that the knowledge was not enough. Over the following years, my weight and my health began yo-yoing. I would adopt a “diet,” begin to see results, then my underlying issues would sneak in and I would sabotage myself. I would end up heavier and more downtrodden than I was before.
I realized that it wasn’t the “what and how” that needed to change it was the “why.” It wasn’t until I made this shift that I started seeing permanent results. I refused to live in denial any longer and I brought my secretive negative patterns into the light causing me to ask myself the hard questions and face the real underlying issues. I started using the gym not only as a place I burned calories but a place that allowed me to practice the necessary skills, such as grit and building confidence, that I needed to overcome my self-destructive loops. I began to not worry about what I was eating but why I was eating. I started directly associating foods to my immediate energy and moods not just my long-term health.
Everybody’s journey to becoming the person they were destined to be is unique, but they all start in the same place “your body.” Until I mastered the physical, I was always held back from my true potential.
Love Your Body… Change Your Life
Pilates: Mat, Reformer, Apparatus Instructor Certification
NASM Personal Training Certification
Precision Nutrition Level 1
Trigger Point Certification
Kettlebell Athletics Level 1
Pre and Post Natal Certification
NCSF Personal Training Certification
Harvard University— Ed.M. in Prevention Science and Practice
Northeastern University— B.A. in Psychology