Human Resources was born out of necessity, regrettably as most health-related lifestyle changes are. But that shift, initiated by several health crises, has somehow also become my greatest blessing. It has lead me down a completely different, and in turn, more meaningful life path, allowing me to feel closer to myself, others, and to the earth. It has taught me to practice discipline and self-care, how to develop true empathy for myself and others, and most importantly it has ignited a passion that will carry me through the rest of my life. I am incredibly grateful for it.
Vibrant health was something I possessed in abundance for most of my life, took for granted completely, and slowly lost throughout my early 20's. Always a passionate traveler, in college I went on several long backpacking trips. In addition to seeing several world wonders, I also contracted several awful parasites that did a number on my digestive system. I was given prescription after prescription for powerful antibiotics (with devastating effects) but I didn't think twice, because when you get sick you take medicine, right? After a particularly traumatizing event in Cambodia in 2012, my digestive system basically ceased to function. I had no choice but to come home early from my trip, and over the next few months underwent what felt like hundreds of lab tests to figure out what was wrong. Colonoscopies, endoscopies and x-rays were ordered. Expensive medications were prescribed. I hesitated; I knew there had to be a better way.
Instead, I threw myself into research. I changed my diet completely, choosing to forego my previous regular indulgences of everything the american diet had to offer to focus on real, whole foods. My interests and hobbies changed as I started becoming more in tune with my body, which allowed me to connect deeper to my mind and spirit. Food as medicine organically became my wholehearted manifesto.
My health voyage has gone through several manifestations to get to where I am today. Fed up with the limitations of the western medical system that repeatedly told me I was "fine", I turned to more eastern-leaning medicine. I was finally able to diagnose (with the help of trusted functional doctors) that many of my ailments were rooted in the gut; intestinal permeability, hypothyroid, dysbiosis, a severe lack of stomach acid, multiple food allergies, micronutrient deficiencies, and a long-lingering case of chronic lyme disease were at the root of many of my issues. Along with the guidance of my functional medicine doctor and treatment for the Lyme, I have continued to improve and even reverse many of my symptoms and afflictions. I attribute much of that to my dramatic diet and lifestyle changes, as well as carefully guided supplementation and various energetic balancing practices like acupuncture, NAET, and meditation.
In my past eating lives, I've slowly evolved through many phases and places- from the Standard American Diet, to vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic, paleo, you name it. I went gluten free over 4 years ago, and I consider this change to be one of the main reasons I have been able to improve so dramatically. These days I am guided by science, bio-individuality, bioavailability of nutrients in food, bodily intuition and therapeutic applications of healing modalities- all within the framework of just eating real food that tastes really, really good. I've taken bits and pieces from each one along the way, adapting the ones that work for me at the moment and discarding the ones that don't. Nowadays I follow a practically grain-free diet with minimal natural sugar to reduce inflammation, humanely raised meat and wildcaught fish, an embracement of high quality fats, and sprouted nuts and seeds to manage my health concerns. For a time I followed the Autoimmune Paleo Diet which is an excellent resource for those with autoimmune issues. What's good for me may not be good for you, which is why it is so important to leave some space to let your diet evolve as it needs to.
Through all of these experiences and challenges, I have unearthed my most genuine passion, which is helping people heal themselves through natural medicine, nutrition and embracing a holistic perspective of the body. I will graduate from Bauman College as a Certified Nutritional Practitioner by the end of 2015.
I draw inspiration and collect information from many places. First and foremost, I am firmly rooted in the scientific practice of functional medicine, where the body is not viewed as separate specialized organs and systems independent of each other but as one interconnected, holistic being. I am also continually inspired by the wisdom and science passed down from the ancient traditions of chinese medicine, yoga and ayurveda, and natural remedies like botanism and herbalism. I am an eternal student and believe wholeheartedly in the celebration of food as medicine for a happy, healthy life.