Let me start introducing myself by saying up front that I was not always a healthy eater. Yes, I knew how to cook, but the convenience (and allure) of pre-packaged, quick and easy, ‘save-you-time’ foods got the best of me. I was the mom who judged a good restaurant by whether or not there were chicken nuggets on the kids menu and I loved the convenience of packing a school lunch with yogurt tubes and snack-packs to make my mornings easier. I believed the advertising that I saw in the media and thought I was doing the right thing for my family.
But then my daughter, who has battled health issues most of her life, lost all of her hair just before her sixteenth birthday. She was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease – alopecia areata. That’s when things started to change. Through a series of people that came into my life, not to mention some great books and websites, I had an ‘ah-ha’ moment. I quickly began to realize that the foods I was buying for my family were not healthful and nourishing, and instead, they were full of chemically created ingredients and processed in ways that are not at all nutritious. Add to that mix the exposure to environmental toxins in our household and you have a perfect recipe for inflammation in our bodies… and inflammation can lead to illness and disease.
I started to make sweeping changes to my grocery shopping and the household products we used, but I wanted to know more. After years of my own nutrition research I earned my certification as an Integrative Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and became a Culinary Nutrition Expert through the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. My goal is to get more people to choose clean, nutritious foods and become aware of the toxins we are exposed to each day so they can reduce inflammation in their bodies and begin living a healthier, life… in a simple, holistic way. Small changes lead to big changes and Grow in Wellness is here to help you along the way.
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