My Story

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I started becoming interested in health and wellness right after graduating from college when I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). My doctor put me on some sort of synthetic hormonal medication. This caused me to suffer from bouts of anxiety and depression over the years. My doctor later recommended that I follow a plant-based diet to improve my health. Big mistake! Within a few years, I had developed a B12 deficiency that led to even more health problems. My hormones were out of whack and my thyroid wasn’t functioning optimally. With some trial and error (and many trips to doctors), I realized gluten was a major culprit. It turns out the foods we consume play a HUGE role in our health.

Had I still been in college at this time, I would have probably changed my major to nutrition to become a registered dietician. I even thought about going back to school (again). But it wasn’t in the cards for me to get another bachelor’s degree. So in 2012, I decided to enroll at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to get my holistic health coaching certification through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.

I did this while teaching elementary school full-time, which was really stressful. I struggled to practice what I preached so I decided to create this blog to hold me accountable. I also decided to follow my boyfriend at the time to the island of Kauai. I thought Hawaii would be a less stressful place where I could be the healthy person I had always envisioned (hence the name of this blog). It wasn’t. At least not for me. I continued to stress myself out by teaching kindergarten there and overworking myself. The stress and humidity triggered migraines and I just couldn’t enjoy everything the island had to offer. My relationships and my health suffered.

I moved back to the mainland and decided to make my health a priority again. This brings me to the present where I’m still in the process of deciding what the future holds. I really want to help people better their lives and I don’t think teaching elementary school is the way to do that anymore. Especially with the implementation of the common core, which is so developmentally inappropriate it’s not even funny. I’d rather influence people through lifestyle changes in nutrition and wellness.

Right now, I’m at peace with all of the decisions I’ve made, even if they weren’t always in my best interest. I’m taking life one day at a time for now and enjoying the present. And that has made all the difference.

You can learn even more about me here.

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