I know these feelings all too well — I could write a novel! (Maybe I will someday.) Sadly, that’s not unusual. Anxiety, stress, and depression are on the rise, and there’s so much confusing information out there, it’s difficult to know what steps to take when you know there’s a better way to live the life you’ve always wanted. Like you, I’ve struggled. But my story is proof that there are ways to alleviate anxiety, reduce stress, and ease depression naturally. Now it’s my mission to help show you how.
I’m committed to helping people alleviate anxiety, reduce stress, and ease depression.
Our mental and physical health are a journey.
Growing up, my emotional health didn’t start in a great place. My parents divorced when I was five, and emotional and mental abuse were rampant in my upbringing. I was in and out of therapy for many years as a child, and I struggled with verbal communication, self-mutilation, substance abuse, severe anxiety, and depression. Growing up in the Midwest eating a Standard American Diet that was insanely nutrient-deficient, I wasn’t exactly setup for health success.
In this chronically stressed state, I learned to stuff all my feelings and emotions deep inside, never feeling safe enough to express my truth. It was my coping mechanism. Despite that, I was always anxious and often felt alone, isolated, and depressed. I struggled through life and felt a little bit like I was dying on the inside. But I always did my best to wear a faultless mask of happiness, and I worked my ass off to be successful in school, sports, and work. No one ever knew what was really happening at home or in my head or heart. I never shared the truth with anyone, or how I felt about my life and my self. Not even therapists.
Surviving and getting by isn't enough.
It all caught up to me at age 19 when I was diagnosed with a solid toxic nodule on my thyroid. Looking back now, I know the thyroid disease developed because of how severely I suppressed my emotions throughout my childhood. But at the time, not knowing any better, I underwent radioactive iodine treatment to kill the tumor and relieve the hyperthyroidism symptoms I was experiencing. Instead, the opposite occurred. It obliterated my thyroid gland; I went severely hypothyroid; and I fell into a deep depression before the medications could even be adjusted. It was a very dark period for me.
In time, I managed to find a stable spot where I could at least get by. I still suffered from anxiety and mild depression, and I was constantly feeling restless; but I managed to finish my undergrad degree, move to Arizona from Michigan, find a good corporate job and a partner, and at least become a “functioning” adult.
Another Way: Awakening to Holistic Health
At 23, I began experiencing stabbing pains in my gallbladder.
Conventional, Western Medical Doctors wanted to medicate me with painkillers and remove my gallbladder (plus put me through a host of other tests and procedures that almost no 23-year-old needs). I was desperate for a solution, but I couldn’t believe there was no option besides surgery and a life of synthetic pain-meds.
I turned to a Naturopathic Doctor to get another perspective. By that time, the physical, mental, and emotional pain were just too much to handle, and I went into my first appointment a hot, anxiety-ridden mess!
I discovered the birth control I had been on for 10 years was toxifying my liver. I found out about the ill-effects of the synthetic hormones I had been taking (including the thyroid medication!). I learned that I was allergic to dairy and refined-sugars and that I had a lot of work to do if I wanted to get myself to any level of health I really wanted.
I began to experience a lot of relief after making the recommended dietary changes and seeking herbal and natural solutions for my synthetic medications. At last, I started to feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally. Finally I felt like I had a path, a plan, and I was finally noticing results.
The change was so powerful that it inspired me to go back to school for my first certification in Nutrition. I had this spark of desire deep within me to learn more about how I could continue to care for myself naturally, and I was excited to see how far this path of positive transformation could grow.
Change is always
Our healing takes time.
As I focused on a more nutrient-dense diet, changes began to happen in every area of my life.
Physically, my body started to open up and offer me all sorts of healing opportunities, even if sometimes they brought about a lot of discomfort. My body cleared a staph infection and intestinal candida infection, which helped my immune system start the road to recovery. Plus, I had some genetic testing done and learned I’m a poor methylator. That meant I needed certain nutrients to help keep my anxiety at bay. I knew this temporary discomfort and new knowledge were just a part of my journey to better health.
Personally, my long-term relationship had become a tangle of pent up resentment, anger, and frustration. During this big shift in my personal life, that relationship dissolved, and I met and started dating my future husband. Professionally, I started to feel energetic and productive enough to climb the corporate ladder, and I earned two great promotions at work!
I thought I had finally found a place where I was thriving and was happy, but something still wasn’t quite right.
Even though my physical health continued to improve, I was still plagues by years of undigested emotions. I was drinking way too much and too often because of the stress of my job, and I had settled into a marriage because I didn’t want to feel alone and abandoned. I wasn’t truly happy.
True happiness requires transformation.
It was at this point I started to hear whispers from my higher-self that I wasn’t living the fulfilled, heart-centered life I’d always desired, and there were still more changes that needed to happen. My growing meditation practice helped me to connect to my life’s purpose and where my sense of happiness and fulfillment came from. And crucially, it helped me realize that I had the power to make my own health journey mean something more.
I was going through this journey for one ultimate goal: so that I could be able to help others heal and find their joy and happiness too.
And that day I committed to making that dream come true.
I saved up as much money as I could, left my corporate job after 8 years, went back to school to further my studies in nutrition, and committed to my business full-time. I got divorced. I started working with holistic wellness professionals and healers to work with and let go of the emotions that were no longer serving me. During this time I finally started to understand the true importance of self-love, self-care, and living life with a purpose.
Clearing away old relationships and habits that had always held me back, I finally took time to focus on my own self-love and self-care. That is where the most amazing transformations of my life have taken place. This journey has taken me to a place where I know I finally have the tools to love myself, manage my anxiety and health, care for myself deeply, and feel fulfilled, grateful and joyful in my everyday life.
You don't have to go through it alone.
We all have different life journeys, all with our own unique ups and downs. But now, I can with 100% honesty say: I’ve satisfied my desire to find my happiness. I’ve committed to keeping my sense of joy and fulfillment, and I have the willpower to get through the tough times. Life isn’t always roses and sunshine; anxiety, stress, and depression are likely to arise. At least now I know how to manage them and treat them naturally when they do.
I want the same for you.
Happiness. Fulfillment. Gratitude. The knowledge that you’ve got this! You deserve a life filled with joy, excitement, connection, and love. You’re worth it! It’s waiting for you to say yes and start your own journey to claim it.
I want to support you on your own unique path. To offer the knowledge I’ve learned as well as tips and strategies that help make real success attainable.
So if any of this resonates with you and you have a deep desire to finally free yourself from the struggles of chronic anxiety, stress, and depression naturally, send me a message and let’s get the conversation started. Because it would truly be my honor to share my wisdom and knowledge with you so your own journey leads you to the health, happiness, and freedom you’ve always wanted.
Holistic Nutrition Specialist
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
Founded Nutrition 27
Scottsdale , AZ
Energetic Health Institute
Los Angeles, CA
Certified Holistic Nutritionist
Energetic Health Institute
Los Angeles, CA
Board Certified Holistic Nutritionist
National Association of Nutritional Professionals
Assistant Director of Community Education
Energetic Health Institute
Los Angeles, CA
Alkalizing Foods Enthusiast
I’m completely in love with creating delicious, nutrition-dense alkalizing meals for myself and my clients and helping others turn food into medicine. When we alkalize our foods, we alkalize our moods!
I’m a fan of supporting my active lifestyle with the right foods! I’m an avid mountain biker, hiker and tennis player and if I’m not working or in my kitchen, you’ll likely find me doing one of the three!
I’m a huge supporter of taking care of our planet and help my clients learn how to do the same by incorporating plant-based, earth-friendly meals into their routine.
I’m honored to be working as a Nutrition Adviser for the WarriorUp to Win athletic program. We help child athletes learn about nutrition and how to make huge impacts on improving their athletic performance!