Busy Mama. Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach.
Add wife, friend, daughter, yogi, foodie, bleeding heart, world traveler to that list and I feel like the words are barely starting to take shape into who I am. But, you’re wondering what my deal is right? Well, I promise to give it to you straight.
Pre-Diabetes at Age 9
Growing up, I lived on lean cuisine, frosted mini wheats and pizza. My parents worked their tails off while managing to provide a loving home. We went out to eat more often than not and many family members struggled with weight. At 9 years old, after a crazy fainting episode, I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes! This was a freaking shock because I was the most thin, fit person in the family. My mom quickly sought out a nutritionist who taught me how to eat a balanced meal and manage my sugar levels. I am not going to lie, it was a struggle. I was only nine and not only did I have to prick my finger multiple times a day, but I also had to constantly explain my nutrition needs to everyone around me.
From Husky to Healthy
Fast forward to my mid-twenties, though I was pre-diabetes free (after healing myself with diet changes), I found myself heavier than I should have been. I worked out regularly and I still ate like the nutritionist taught me, but I was overweight and not happy in my own skin. So, you want to know the straw that broke the camel’s back? A total stranger referred to me as “husky!” Yes, he actually compared me to the clothing department name for overweight boys coined by Sears & Roebuck!
Instead of wallowing in my “husky” pants, I decided it was time to reverse my destiny of being overweight and sick. In the little time I had, I researched high and low about proper nutrition, good digestion, optimal fitness, and the like. But, I had one looming problem – NO TIME. I was a management consultant who worked 12-14 hour days, lived in hotels and airports, ate 3+ meals a day in restaurants, and only saw a kitchen when I visited home. You get the gist. Losing weight to become more healthy seemed pretty much impossible. But, I am stubborn and I’d be damned if I didn’t try. So, after much trial and error, I found my groove, figured out how to be both a busy bee AND my most healthy self. Bam, I lost 25 pounds!
That was 8 years ago and I haven’t turned back since. Since that major transformation, I’ve used my experience and knowledge to help other busy bees (mostly mamas), friends, and family adopt new healthy behaviors that transform their lives forever. In 2011, I became pregnant with my first child and the bleeding heart inside me decided it was finally time to have a true impact on the world. So, I quit my consulting job and started my journey to help transform the health of America, one family at a time. Healthy Mamas for Happy Families was officially born this past Fall!
- Masters of Nutrition and Integrative Health, Maryland University of Integrative Health (Candidate 2015)
- Certified Health Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition (2012)
- Masters of Business Administration, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan (2005)
- Bachelors of Science (Mathematics), Boston College (1999)