I believe food is the ultimate medicine. I am an ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association) Fitness Nutrition Specialist and am also certified in Plant Based Nutrition through Cornell University.
At a young age I experienced a multitude of health problems. Despite numerous doctor appointments and a plethora of tests, no one had any answers as to why I was so ill. I also experienced health issues in high school and college which at times were debilitating. Toward the end of college after having been to many specialists and receiving many wrong diagnosis’ (along with suggestions that my health problems were psychosematic) my parents convinced me to try one last specialist, Dr. Arnold Kresch of Stanford University. Dr. Kresch finally had a diagnoses for me; endometriosis. After performing surgery to remove my lesions, Dr. Kresch encouraged me to research how nutrition could be a powerful force in my quest for health.
For the past 20 years I have been able to manage my endometriosis through diet, exercise, and awesome Functional Medicine doctors. I have personally experienced the healing powers of nutrition and was able to achieve even better health than before with the help of a healthful whole-foods diet.
From May 2010 – July 2013 I followed a plant-based and gluten-free diet (which included eggs). In July 2013 I began craving meat again and began including it in my diet. The vast majority of the meat and eggs I consume are organic and pastured (our beef is raised on our friend’s land)…Meat from animals raised as nature intended. I do not think we are meant to eat meat from factory farmed animals because THEY are eating diets they are not meant to eat and by virtue of that WE are not able to process their meat well, nor are they as nutritious as they should be. That being said, it is not possible to eat this way all the time (traveling, restaurants, other people’s homes) and that is part of living a “balanced” life. Eat as well as you can when you can and don’t sweat it when you can’t.
I am the mother of two and my youngest has suffered from various allergies since she was quite young. While she has outgrown many of those allergies, she will most likely always have an issue with gluten and dairy, thus everything I bake or cook is gluten and dairy free.
At the present time I feel best eating a diet that is heavy in vegetables and also includes fruit, nuts, seeds, wild fish, and pasture-raised eggs and meat. 98% of the time I do not eat dairy, but every once in a while I will have a frozen yogurt as a treat (balance). I stay away from gluten 100% of the time because my body has a REALLY hard time with it. I will say that I don’t see a problem with either if your system is able to process them.
I am passionate about sharing my nutrition knowledge with others and through the years have done so through Balanced Grettie (formerly Veggie Grettie), and have been a Recipe Columnist for One Green Planet, GoodVeg, and Culinary.net, as well as a freelance writer (featured on Crazy Sexy Life), and a Brand Ambassador for NEXT by Athena. I am currently an Ambassador for Crazy Richards (FITQUESTMOM for 10% off). I
I would love to help you achieve health as your nutrition coach through my company, FitQuest Nutrition. For program information and pricing, visit FitQuest Nutrition Coaching.
Peace and health!
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