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It’s rare for anyone to get an hour to explore their wellness goals with a trained professional. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I create a supportive environment that enables you to articulate and achieve your goals. Throughout my education, I have been exposed to the most cutting-edge dietary theories and studied highly effective coaching techniques to help you find the right lifestyle that works best for you.

Most approaches to healthy eating dwell on calories, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Instead of creating lists of restrictions and good and bad foods, I coach my clients to explore basic improvements and implement gradual changes during our work together. As these pieces accumulate, my clients find the changes collectively create a much larger impact than they originally expected. We work on what you want to improve, and within the circumstances of your unique situation.





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Ever have one of those moments where you realize how much you've changed in a certain area of life? I'm having one of those moments today. I've been a little quiet the last few weeks.
When I first started my blog and this page I was an avid vegetarian. People wanted to follow my blog and page because I was talking about how to do life during pregnancy and with kids as vegetarians. I posted a lot of dairy free alternatives and that was a draw to people as well. My kids were vegetarian. I had tackled two pregnancies and nursing seasons all being vegetarian. It worked. I felt great. I was thriving.

AND then all of a sudden I wasn't.

I got pregnant with baby 3 and it was HARD (which is putting it mildly). I could hardly get off the couch and usually when I did it was to run to the bathroom because I was so, so sick. I was miserable. After spending way to much time on the bathroom floor I attempted all the tricks. NONE of them helped. I've never been so sick in all my life. I had previously been one of those women that loved being pregnant. Not any more.

I was sick for about 24 weeks of my pregnancy. Real sick. Like wear a painters mask if I attempted to make dinner because all the smells made me throw up. I couldn't open the fridge. In fact because I couldn't bear to open the fridge a dear friend came over one day to clean my fridge and oh the things she found. It was gross. 

Then one day my husband and I were out to dinner and I was doing all I could to hold it together. He ordered steak and when it arrived I decided I needed his dinner instead of mine. He resisted for a bit because he thought I was losing my mind. I hadn't eaten meat in so long and he thought I would just ed up throwing up right there in the middle of the party. 

Long story short he gave me his dinner and I devoured it. I tried all the other tricks and nothing was working to help me feel better so I decided to see if eating meat helped. 

Sure enough. I started eating meat and I started feeling a little better. It wasn't an instant cure but I noticed a shift. 

For an avid vegetarian this was hard. I had never liked meat so figuring out how to eat it was a challenge. Slowly I started to figure it out. AND i started to feel better. I couldn't believe it. I was grateful and also a little hesitant to share to the world that all of a sudden this long standing, plant based diet girl was now becoming a carnivore. 

As I'm sure you can imagine the teasing that ensued. 

I am so thankful that I was wiling to listen to the internal promptings my body was giving and not stay stuck in a cycle of eating that had served me well for so long but then needed to change. I could have stayed on my soap box and been stubborn about it {and trust me, I really did want to do that initially}.  I could have not allowed myself to drift out of my "WAY" and "PHILOSOPHY" of eating. 

BUT i didn't stay there. 

I benefited from not staying stuck and being open minded. 


I chuckle a little at all his now. Here I am a few years later and on day 21 of Whole 30, which is basically 30 days of meat, vegetables, and fruit. It's a way to reset unhealthy habits and slay your sugar dragon which is apparently whole 30 lingo. 

i think the moral of the story is to be open to change. Change isn't usually easy but the benefits might be surprising. 

If you need help figuring out how to navigate the journey of food i would love to walk alongside you and ask questions and encourage you to feel your best.










Change

Hello.

The last several years have brought lots of change, particularly in how our family has grown. We just added baby number four to our family. Life is full and the only thing consistent is change. Just when we think we have a rhythm or start to feel like we have things figured out something shifts or changes. It seems the one thing I can count on in motherhood is change.

It seems this is a common theme for many and what everyone is seeking and working to find is balance. Sometimes I wonder if balance in motherhood really exists. Does anyone ever really find it? Is it just a theoretical concept we are all trying to grasp in the midst of an intense season?

I've been asking these questions of myself and my friends. Everyone is on a different journey and yet there are so many similarities for mamas with little ones. Motherhood is a beautiful and intense season.

This is why I am revamping a bit of what this blog is about.

When I started this blog I had two small children. I really wanted to teach them about whole foods and start them off with a nourishing diet. I was able to do this. My girls at all kinds of crazy things that I never ate until I was in my 30's. I was so proud. I thought I had it figured out. I was feeling pretty confident about my ability to feed my girls well. AND then school happened. All of a sudden they learned about all kinds of new things. AND then I had my third girl who is all things fiery and refuses most vegetables. *gulp* Confidence that I had it figure out plummeted.

This is when I had some enlightenment. I cannot control it all. Yep. I apparently have a little control freak hidden inside of me. It only reared it's head when it came to motherhood. Interesting.

This is why I really put my energies into mamas. I know how hard it is. The battles are real. But mamas let's take care of ourselves in the midst of this season. If we aren't healthy and well, no one in our family will be healthy and well. We hold the key.

Let's take care of ourselves and set examples for our children. It won't be easy but it will be worth it.

With all that said, some things on this blog will shift.

I mean hey it's been forever since I've posted recipes on here. That was my original intention. Recipes for kids.

But then life kept happening and I realized my gifting isn't recipe creation and beautiful food presentations.

I still value this and need fresh ideas for my family but I don't have endless hours available to play in the kitchen for recipe development. Maybe someday but right now I need easy. I need quick. I need recipe ideas that are already created by someone else.

That's why I haven't posted on here for so long. I haven't had bursts of creativity in the kitchen lately. I have friends that do that well and I have so much appreciation for them and love to taste test their goodness. It's just not where I am right now.

My strength is to guide mamas into a nourished place.

My desire is to navigate the waters of life and find a place that is sustainable. The waves will still be there but it's about learning to ride them and not drown.

Mamas this is my passion. This is my journey.

Stay tuned for posts to encourage you in your health journey..............



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