I remember struggling with my weight even as a young child. I was chronically tired and my family often joked about how much I loved to sleep. I was always on a diet: Slim Fast, Weight Watchers, metabolic enhancers from infomercials, special shakes… I even saw a dietitian at age 12. Over the years I gained and lost weight many times. I was continually lured by the promises of fad dieting. But I was never happy with my body, and never felt that my weight-loss successes were sustainable. Like many people, I was a classic “Monday morning dieter.” I was always promising myself to start the next diet on Monday… or after the holidays… waiting for that one magic moment.
In 2004 my husband Chris and I decided to make a radical change to our lives. We quit our corporate jobs and took off on an 18-month backpacking adventure. This epic trip changed the course of my life forever.
During this incredible journey, I reclaimed my health in mind, body and spirit. I started to make the connection between what I was eating, how I ate my food, my attitude I had about eating, and how my surrounding community supported that. I returned from that trip with a new, empowered vision about eating and my life.
In retrospect, the answers I found on that trip were not mysterious. They were so simple: I began to eat seasonal, local foods, in moderate portions, and at appropriate times. As I traveled, I ate in a manner that fed my experiences and that was in keeping with the changing cultures around me.
When I returned to California, I vowed never to slide back into the previous eating and lifestyle habits that had not served me. And I decided to pursue my new passion for healthy, empowered eating and to share my new-found sense of food freedom with my community. I enrolled in Bauman College Holistic Nutrition & Culinary, achieved my Nutrition Consultant, Educator, & Natural Chef Certifications, and started Food Therapy. I now coach couples and individuals on how to make healthy food choices in order to feel better, achieve their ideal weight, gain energy, and stop struggling with food.
In May 2009, I founded Sexy Soup Cart and hit the streets of the Mission with my own brand of healthy, wholesome soup made from local, seasonal ingredients.
Through Food Therapy, Sexy Soup Cart, published articles, and my connection to my clients and my community, I strive to empower others to find real freedom through food.