As a nurse for over 26 years, I've always been interested in helping people recover from injuries and illness. There is no better feeling in the world than seeing someone regain their health and begin a new chapter in their life. In my own life, I've long believed in taking care of myself. I've been a runner and triathlete for many years and have completed 10 marathons and a 1/2 Ironman Triathlon. Eating healthy and exercising nearly everyday was normal for me and taking extra good care of myself turned out to best thing I ever did.
In 2018, after having a minor surgical procedure, my life changed forever. Complications from that surgery required me to be rushed to the emergency department three days later with life-threatening symptoms. I then spent the next 11 days in a medically induced coma fighting for my life. The doctors would only tell my family that being healthy was the one advantage I had in surviving septic shock. Seven surgeries and 40 days later (26 in the ICU), I left the hospital, weakened but alive. People say that I was lucky but I firmly believe preparing my body with my healthy lifestyle saved my life! I found a way that led me to this lifestyle and I resolved to help people be the healthiest version of themselves.
After my hospitalization, I had injuries to my hands and feet that would not allow me to continue as an ICU nurse. To continue helping others with their preventative health journeys, I transitioned to becoming an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. A recent certification allowed me to aid people to move better for their health, becoming a ChiRunning (R) and ChiWalking (R) instructor. -- See the ChiRunning tab for more information.
I am excited to help you on your journey to better health (inside and out)!
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. A couple of main threads that were woven throughout my training were to focus on nourishing your body with whole foods and that your body will heal itself when given half a chance. It was also emphasized that one way of eating is not beneficial for everyone. Along with my nursing knowledge, we co-create completely personalized actions based on your goals to move you toward your ideal vision of health within your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources. Read more. >>