Thanks for stopping by! I guide women in transforming their lives through a holistic lifestyle and nutrition approach, so they can drastically improve their health and well-being, reach their true potential, and become a ripple effect within their families.
As a functional nutritionist, holistic health coach, and speaker, I’m committed to supporting sustainable health transformation. I have personally experienced the impact of food and lifestyle as medicine, and strive to help others discover a new relationship with both themselves and their health. I believe we hold the power to transform our health – not the latest fad diet, super food, or miracle pill. I believe in a holistic approach focused on healing the mind, body, and spirit and to improve our health at its very core by addressing the whole person and restoring balance.
From my 15 years of experience in the corporate health and wellness industry, I observed that many well-intentioned people suffer due to a complicated healthcare system focused on addressing a singular symptom or diagnosis, confusing and misleading food marketing tactics, and one-size-fits-all diet fads. We are set up for failure! Trained in a functional approach to health, my philosophy is to view the body as an integrated, web-like system where every nutrient, organ, and system works together and influence each other. With this fundamental understanding, we can work together to effectively heal the body for meaningful and sustainable long-term health.
I believe in an n=1 approach, which means every individual is different. We each have our own unique needs based upon our current health, lifestyle, habits, age, stress level, sleep patterns, pharmaceutical history, and genetics. Understanding these differences and each client’s unique story are key elements of the Nutrition Bliss approach. Our approach works because it takes into account the whole person. It’s not just about eating healthy foods, but also fulfilling relationships, restful sleep, a meaningful spiritual practice, purpose-driven involvement, regular (and even more important – compatible) activity, spending time outdoors, and effective stress management practices. This is not a quick fix, but a long-term lifestyle shift that results in improved health, self-awareness, and balance.
I was born and raised in Oregon and now live in Carlsbad, California. I grew up in the typical American way – fast food, processed everything, and a French fry, potato chip, and soda junkie. We did not have real food in our house, everything came in a box and even the vegetables we would occasionally eat came in a can. As a result, I had debilitating hay fever starting at age 5 through college, and in my twenties I had low energy, drastic mood swings, out of control blood sugar, a lazy immune system, and cystic acne. I never thought my lifestyle had anything to do with my health. In fact, I thought I was healthy!
Meanwhile, I always had an interest in helping people. After receiving my B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Oregon, rather than going to grad school or medical school (in my father’s footsteps) I fell in to the growing field of corporate health and wellness in 2005. I was focused on preventive health strategies and consulted companies on how to create and implement effective programs to improve the health of their employees. Around this time, I began to think about food and health differently, but I still didn’t understand the full picture.
In 2013, my youngest son, who was 4 months old at the time, developed eczema covering most of his body. He was also beginning to drop in weight percentile. My intuition kicked in and I knew his body was trying to tell me something, but I was receiving no support from our health provider at the time. Through a food-based elimination diet (I was nursing), within four weeks his skin cleared and he began to gain weight; within two months his diarrhea ceased and his energy level significantly increased. This process allowed me an opportunity to learn how food was influencing each of our bodies and helped me discover that food truly is medicine (or can be poison).
Although I loved the content, I was stressed out, reactive, and not taking care of myself. I did not feel engaged in making conscious decisions for any part of my life – I would just react to the burning fire in front of me.
As a result I asked myself some hard questions, made significant lifestyle changes, and went through personal growth I didn’t know was possible. I trained at the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA) learning a functional approach to nutrition; the Integrative Institute of Nutrition (IIN) becoming a holistic health coach; and completed additional course work in clinical nutrition through Oregon State University. My life and world truly changed, and I discovered my calling in life – to help others discover the path to true health. Finding and following your purpose isn’t always easy. Without massive self-care, nourishing my body, and a dedicated spiritual practice, I don’t know if I would have made it. I have discovered what it is like to be inspired, have energy and clarity (no more brain fog), regular digestion, sleep soundly, have clear skin, feel calm, and to no longer be constantly sick with a flu or cold. I am incredibly grateful for everything I have learned throughout my experience.
Nutrition Bliss is built on a foundation of love, passion, and a commitment to being a force for good. Our nutrition consultation, personalized guidance, and inspired content is designed to help you feel good and become the greatest version of yourself from the inside out – happy, healthy, and thriving.
Whether you are just beginning your health journey or have been pursuing health improvement for a while and are looking to fine-tune, I am dedicated to serving you in a meaningful way.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. I’m thrilled we’ve connected and I am excited for the journey ahead.
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