My long (10+ years) and challenging struggle with stomach troubles ultimately became a blessing in disguise. Frustrated with mediocre answers and no relief, I began reading books on health and digestion. Once I was armed with a basic understanding of diet and food choices, I started a blog documenting my struggles and successes with food. Over the past few years, my blog has transitioned from food experimentation to a resource filled with recipes, restaurant reviews, health and wellness tips, and tons of amazing food experiences.
In 2013, I enrolled in The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I learned over 100 dietary theories (there are really that many) and most importantly, I was taught that every person needs their own personalized diet plan for optimal health. IIN was much more than a health coach training program to me. It opened my eyes to the growing world of health and wellness and gave me the education and hope I needed to create a healthier lifestyle.
Best of all, I was reminded that our bodies are smarter than our minds and will fight tirelessly to repairs themselves. It’s why we can have a three martini night, swear to never drink again, and then repeat it one week later. (I obviously do not ever do this.)
Our bodies know how to recover; we just need to give it the right tools. Exercise, healthy relationships, spirituality, meditation can all be your weapons. But the most critical (and my most favorite) tool is food. Lots and lots of delicious food.