I am a Holistic Health Coach training to become a Registered Yoga Instructor.
Food is major part of our lives – it affects us physiologically, socially, and emotionally. As a result, there are numerous diet gurus that try to tell you that you have to either cut calories or avoid major food groups. My studies have shown me that there are benefits to all of the macronutrients (fats, carbs and proteins). My goal is to help you create your perfect healthy and balanced through evidence-based nutrition research, applied specifically to the ancient healing art of Ayurveda,which promotes a sustainable approach to eating.
Exercise is also an important part of a healthy lifestyle and body. Yet again, there are far too many gurus with unsustainable exercise programs. Through my yoga instructor training, I am learning that gentle stretching, which is what the asanas provide, is the key to creating a strong body that can get you through life.
I was born in Philadelphia, but raised in the Delaware County suburbs. Initially, I began training to be a clinical psychologist, starting at Wellesley College. My plan was forever changed when I became my mother’s primary caretaker. I saw her take 20+ medications to “help” her congenital heart disease, polymyositis and thyroid disease but all they did was make her miserable; most days she threw up within 30 minutes of taking her medicine and would have to start all over again. I went to many of her doctor’s appointments and never once did I hear them talk about using food or exercise to ease her pain. This sparked my interest in fitness and nutrition.
When it comes to eating, my mantra is “let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food.” I have a few rules that I do my best to follow. (1) The ingredients in my meals are plant based, with occasional helpings of organic meat. (2) Any grains I eat are unprocessed, preferably organic and sprouted. (3) Come as close to meeting the recommended fruit and vegetable quota each day. (4) Any fats in my kitchen must be plant, or animal based, used in moderation, of course. (5) Never deny yourself of the foods you love, just find a healthier way to enjoy them. (6) Avoid drinking soda as much as possible.
This blog is where I’ll share what I’m learning through my RYT 200 training and Ayurveda basics course. Everything from recipes to quick workouts to the latest news on nutrient dense foods to my nutrition advice for the whole family, will be posted here. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.