I believe food is the ultimate medicine. I am a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (FNTP), Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist (CFNS), and am also certified in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University.
The summer after 5th grade I began experiencing unexplained health problems. Despite numerous doctor appointments and tests, no one had any answers as to why I was so sick. My health issues continued through high school and college and at times were debilitating. My Senior year of college, after having been to many specialists, resulting in multiple wrong diagnoses’ (along with suggestions that my health problems were psychosomatic), my parents convinced me to try one last specialist, Dr. Arnold Kresch of Stanford University. Dr. Kresch finally had diagnoses for me; endometriosis and Hashimotos. 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.
I am a wife and the mother of two amazing kids. 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 (most often Paleo).
As a fluke, when we discovered that my daughter was allergic to gluten at 2 years old, I gave it up in solidarity with her and that led to learning that I was Celiac; I felt SO much better (another piece of the puzzle solved). In 2011 I was diagnosed with the autoimmune skin condition, Lichen Sclerosis.
For the past 23+ years, I have been able to manage my autoimmune conditions through diet, exercise, and partnering with amazing 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. I lead a very full life and do not allow my conditions to define me.
From May 2010 – July 2013 I followed a plant-based and gluten-free diet (which included eggs) and then in July 2013 I began craving meat again. The meat and eggs I consume are organic and pastured; meat from animals raised as nature intended. 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.
Having tried many, many diets over the years including AIP for 18 months, which was extremely helpful to me personally, at the present time I feel best eating a diet that is grain-free, heavy in vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, wild fish, pasture-raised eggs, meat and the occasional Paleo baked good. I stay away from gluten 100% of the time.
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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