About

What led me to this work

For as long as I could remember I was very stressed out. I was always on a time crunch, sleep was a waste of time, and feeding myself what the last thing I worried about. Even as a teenager, I suffered from insomnia, hair loss, eczema, digestive distress, painful and inflamed joints, migraines and much more.

Even as a teenager, I suffered from insomnia, hair loss, eczema, digestive distress, painful and inflamed joints, migraines and much more.

None of that was enough for me to take my health seriously beyond a regular doctor’s visit. Then, in my early twenties, I developed a debilitating autoimmune disease — my body was quite literally attacking itself. Over the course of several years, I had reached a point where I was unable to function and do even the most basic things. It forced me to start seriously looking for answers.

Then, in my early twenties, I developed a debilitating autoimmune disease — my body was quite literally attacking itself.

After an intense year of near constant doctor’s visits and diagnostic tests, I found that my doctors had little to offer me other than symptomatic relief. While that symptomatic relief had helped me reach a point where I could function just enough to go back to university part-time, I was still struggling each day. Out of frustration, I started to take matters into my own hands.

I found that my doctors had little to offer me other than symptomatic relief. Out of frustration, I started to take matters into my own hands.

As a starting point, I decided that in order to give my body the best chance of minimizing symptoms and potentially healing itself, I needed to give it with the best building blocks to start with. That meant diving deep into the world of food, nutrition, and how the foods we eat affect our bodies beyond the standard nutritional view. That process led me to research a whole host of other lifestyle shifts that affect our bodies and our health.

Over the next few years, I read everything I could get my hands on and tested just about anything and everything to see what the effects were for my body and health and, over time, I ended up reversing all of my symptoms.

I believe that given the right building blocks and the right environment, our bodies inherently “know” how take care of themselves, and that when we fail to give our bodies the right building blocks or we create an unhealthy environment, those diseases and conditions we’re predisposed are more likely to appear.

I believe that given the right building blocks and the right environment, our bodies inherently “know” how take care of themselves.

I continue to experiment with what works for me. I’ve found that not only do different people have different needs in terms of diet and lifestyle, but that those needs can change dramatically over time and given different circumstances.

Different people have different needs in terms of diet and lifestyle, and those needs can change dramatically over time.

That’s why I believe that one of the most important skills we can learn is how to listen to our own bodies and trust that wisdom. It’s why I continue to experiment and test what works for me.

My goal in this work is to help you explore what’s right for you and your body. What helps you feel your best? What provides you with the energy you need? What makes you happy?

I don’t want you to have to hit rock bottom to discover how to live happier and healthier. I don’t want you to have to go through what I went through. You don’t need to.

 

Want to know more about me?

10 things you might not know about me:

1. I’m a science geek at heart. When I was in elementary school, I asked my parents for a microscope, a chemistry set, and a telescope when other kids were asking for more “normal” toys. I received my B.Sc. Honours in Biology and Psychology from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and went on to study Chemistry and Physics after graduating. I love attending conferences and lectures to learn about the latest research.

2. There are some words I spell the British way, and others that I spell the American way. I can’t seem to stick to one system.

3. I’ve lived in 24 homes, 17 cities, and 7 countries.

4. As a kid, I would make up complicated math equations in my head and then proceed to solve them when I was bored, couldn’t sleep, etc.

5. I’m that person who screams or jumps in their seat at the movie theater.

6. And I can’t watch horror movies.

7. I worked as a veterinary technician at a veterinary hospital for almost 2 years, which included everything from nursing care and monitoring animals under anaesthesia, to taking x-rays and placing IV catheters. It was intense and very rewarding.

8. After graduating from college, I had prepared to go on and do my PhD in elephant cognition. At the last minute, I changed career directions and moved almost 5000 miles away. I’m still completely fascinated by the subject though, and attend neuroscience and behavioral biology conferences as often as I can.

9. I  love books. Audiobooks, digital books, “real” books.

10. I’m allergic to kiwis and orange juice.