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Picture me in my adorable little fixer-upper in NJ on a sweltering hot day in July 2007. Completely oblivious of how my world was about to get turned upside down.
The "upside down thing" happened when I found out I was going to have a baby. And that is exactly when my head began spinning and I was immediately totally overwhelmed with 1,000 emotions. (Then the planning set in.)
My first thought — this must be the healthiest pregnancy possible. Of course, right? Then the realization crept in of how little I actually knew about food and nutrition. I had given some thought to learning more about food once my hubby and I decided it might be time to start a crew of our very own little humans. But at this point I was pretty sure I hadn't learned nearly enough. Not to mention how confused I could get with so many conflicting messages from so many different places. Well, that had to change; and fast!
Growing up, traditional German food was something typical on our dining room table in our railroad apartment in Queens, NY. I have so many great memories of that small apartment. Those memories include sitting around the dining room table for dinner as a family. We ate a lot of traditional German food and, like so many families of that time, we also ate a lot of canned, frozen and packaged food.
Then from my college years through my twenties, my weight was (frankly) a bigger concern to me than my health. When I binged on junk food or fast food, I just got super-strict on my diet to compensate. This meant I ate a lot of packaged foods; the calories listed on the label made them easy to track. Sure, it helped me lose weight. But the other side of unhealthy practices was a shortened attention span, sketchy focus on school and professional work, and I was tired. all. the. time. So add to that a coffee addiction.
Not knowing how important nutrition was, I continued that pattern: gaining weight, then losing weight and back. The result of this yo-yoing of weight and unhealthy food and lifestyle knocked down my self-esteem, made me feel out of control, and just plain lousy!
But now I was starting a family. I wanted the best of health and happiness for my children. And I also wanted the energy to enjoy every precious minute with them. I began to read and research everything I could to make sure I was getting optimal nutrition during my first pregnancy.
When my first child was ready to eat real food, the serious research continued and even went a bit deeper. I was a mom on a mission! Providing the best nutrition for my family, with my husband away at work much of the time, had to be as easy, manageable and realistic as possible. My days had ups and downs. Some days were harder than others. As moms, we all know what that is like.
Along the way, I learned a lot about my own health and wellness. The more I learned about myself and about nutrition, the easier it became for me to make my best choices, one meal at a time, minus the counting or measuring.
After making many positive changes — like eating with more awareness, and focusing on eating clean — I could not believe the difference in how I felt. With a little extra balance in my life, and the extra energy from these new practices, I felt unstoppable! My mission turned into a passion. I wanted this for my family, and everyone else!
At this point I was a busy mom of three. Grateful for all I learned on my own, I was now ready to take things to the next level. That is when The Institute for Integrative Nutrition came into my life. At IIN, I studied with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. We covered over 100 dietary theories and practical lifestyle management techniques. But even more importantly, I learned more about the bigger picture of health, beyond food.
All the while, piece by piece, I was putting what I learned into practice. I felt and saw the difference the changes made. Not just for me (like maintaining my pre-birth weight), but more importantly, for my husband and my children. The foundation of knowledge, and the confidence to make the everyday decisions about my family’s food and lifestyle was sculpting our children into our vibrant, awesome little “mob” (as I endearingly call them) and creating a wonderful home life for our family. I felt so great about it, that I wanted the same for others.
I wanted to share my wealth of all of the easy, doable, manageable and practical tips, methods, recipes and steps with as many Moms, like you, as possible! I wanted to save other Moms from spending all the time, money and energy that I did, just trying to find and filter the onslaught of facts from fiction when it comes to healthy information, and how it can work best for them. Better that they spend that extra time, money and energy on themselves, their children and their spouses!
So now I customize all this information for your lifestyle, giving you a super shortcut to what works best for your family. That means that, for a tiny fraction of the time and money and work it took me, that place of confidence and informed decisions for your family’s best health is available to you.
What it all boils down to?
Like you, as a very busy mom (and now business owner!), I don’t have time to dwell on calories or diet plans.
I get that the stress of the hectic daily schedule can lead to overeating.
I get that lack of sleep and low energy make exercise seem a world away.
And I get that caring for others means you are likely forgetting to care for yourself.
My dream is to help you develop your deeper understanding of the best food and lifestyle choices that work for you and your family. Then, one choice after another, you will develop habits that will build into a new, more balanced lifestyle and greater health. That means more energy, and improved mental, physical and emotional health; the support you need for a more joyful life!
As a Mom, you are the Gatekeeper of your family’s food and lifestyle choices. Let me show you how to make these choices with informed confidence, so that you can give your family one of the bests gifts ever — glowing health that supports their happiness and a brighter future!
What are the greatest challenges you have around building a healthy lifestyle for you and your family? Take a minute now to tell me — you can reach me by email firstname.lastname@example.org phone or text 347-234-3784.
Even better, book your own Breakthrough Session and schedule a block of time to speak to me one on one.
I can’t wait to hear from you!