I was that kid who was ALWAYS in trouble, and still am because I speak my truth and some people can’t handle the truth. If I think something I say it, I’m direct, I’m honest, and you’ll always know how I feel. I think far too many people “try” and navigate through life wanting to be liked and appease others… How freak’in boring!
Before I could walk my parents would find me eating cookies on the kitchen counter at midnight. I kept my parents busy when I started walking, at 8 months old. When I was 10 months they found me on the roof, and still have no idea how I managed to get up there. I was inquisitive, bold, and courageous. Which was an often times more than my parents could handle.
I was diagnosed with ADHD (a faux disorder in my opinion) at five years old, I was heavily medicated visited psychologists and psychotherapists my entire childhood. The reality was my daily overdosing of sugary, toxic, and frakenfoods had undesirable effects.
The doctors could have recommended my parents feeding me real food: but instead they told them to drug, sedate me. I learned a lot about health and wellness, physically and mentally, and the broken heath care system and misinformation in general society.
My childhood consisted of constant struggles with my parents until summer of 1997 when I was 16 my parents hired 2 off duty police officer to handcuff me and take me 3 states away to Idaho to a lockdown boarding school. Arriving at school weighing only 98 lbs I quickly fed my emotions with food and within 3 months was over 200lbs. Stretch marks cover my hips, my thighs, I didn’t care, I hated myself. It was when I started getting stretch marks on my arms that I realized I needed to take control of my life and stop letting other people’s negative behavior affect me.
I started eating better and running. I came home from boarding school and learned as much as I could on fat loss, (I wanted gastric bypass, but I wasn’t big enough). I felt like a heifer, fast weight gain is torture, every part of my body ached from the extreme stretching. I struggled getting the weight off. I ate according to Akins and ran, a lot. The weight came off, but the second I ate a starch or didn’t get my 6 mile run in I’d start gaining the weight back. It became my mission to find a sustainable lifestyle that I can eat delicious foods without restrictions without having to workout all the time.
Over the years I’ve worked with 30+ doctors, ranging from basic MD’s to overly qualified DO’s and holistic nutritionist. One doctor almost killed me with a prescription I didn’t need. Some of the MD’s thought I was in perfect health, others had no clue what was wrong, they just wanted to mask the symptoms with drugs or surgeries… Then there are the specialist, DO’s and wellness practitioners whom go above and beyond basic medical practices to understand the root cause of the problem and treating it to heal the body. That’s whom I work with now, that’s whom I share with you, thats what you get here.
13 years, one child later and I’ve been able to keep the weight off relatively easy eating real, nutrient dense, anti-inflammatory foods. I eat lots of yummy food, including deserts and work out when I feel like it. Once I learned how our bodies work I understood that I didn’t need to be a slave to the gym or restrict myself of my favorite foods. This journey has led me to every doctor, diet, and exercise program. Healing a severely damaged liver (from the prescriptions of my youth), increasing a slow metabolism, controlling a sugar addiction, overcoming negative self-esteem, and fixing a poorly functioning lymphatic system.
I started this blog to be a resource of information and collaboration of experts to end the endless questioning of what is good or right for us. I typically post 2 times a week and your can expect to hear about whole body wellness through my journey with experts alongside my husband and daughter.
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