Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach & Clean Living Expert
Vibrant health and educating others about wellness has been a passion of mine for many years. My fascination began when I was in my 30's after I was diagnosed with Raynauds, an auto-immune condition. I was told I would have Lupus or Scleroderma in 9-18 months. Heavy metal toxicity, leaky gut and Lyme disease all contributed. Up until then, I thought I was "healthy", but was I?
This was a turning point in my life, and my cue to pursue an alternative path to healing and wellness. I needed to go beyond the "band-aids" and pharmaceutical options that my doctors offered. I wanted to get to the root of my dis-ease, heal my body and restore my health. As time progressed, I realized optimal nutrition wasn't the only prerequisite on the path of healing. Detoxification and emotional work would also be necessary. Chronic stress, inadequate sleep and counter- productive conversations with self were contributing to the state of my health.
I focused my energy on the physical and mental aspects of healing. Whole foods, movement, reiki and yoga synchronized my body and mind. The more I learned, the more I wanted to share. As wellness and nutrition became an integral part of my family's life, I was often reminded of my childhood. Growing up in a Greek-American family with traditional roots, my life was centered around faith, food and family. After steaming greens, my YiaYia (grandmother) would drink the remaining liquid at the bottom of the pot and would tell me, "this is where are all the nutrients are!" At the time, I didn't fully appreciate the nutritional lesson - or how nutrition would play a significant role in my life, and the lives of those I have had the opportunity to help. Achieving vibrant health and living a joy-filled life is the ultimate outcome.
My personal healing experience led me to become a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with a specialty in Gut Health, from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC. I extensively studied gut health and over 100 different dietary theories from traditional to modern, Eastern to Western. I had the chance to study with prominent doctors like Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Weil, Dr. Amen and Dr. Chopra.