Do you struggle with cooking home meals? Do you have family members with bad allergies? Do you feel overwhelmed when shopping at the grocery store?
I can relate! (And, I can help.)
When I was first married, my husband would poke fun at my limited cooking skills. In fact, he had to teach me how to cook scrambled eggs that weren’t rubbery.
But with the birth of our son, my cooking skills had to expand. Our son suffered from such horrible allergies that the pediatrician told us not to feed him any processed meats or foods that contained nitrates or preservatives.
With a new mindset taking hold, I started to read labels, make meals from scratch, and shop for local organic foods. My family learned right along with me and patiently endured some of my food fiascos. I remember one soup that tasted so bad that my kids just started to laugh. We all laughed! Yet, I didn’t let the soup debacle stop me from trying new recipes and cooking with the goal of making healthy, enjoyable meals.
My son’s allergies served as a catalyst for healthy change. I, too, had suffered from food issues for years. I even remember going to the hospital at age 6 for extreme constipation due to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). As an adult, I continued to “just deal” with constipation. (Can you relate?)
As I incorporated healthier foods into family meals, I noticed my health began to improve, as well. Not only did I ease much of my constipation with just changing what I ate, I also lowered my genetically high cholesterol from 250 to 150. My doctor had wanted to treat it with medication, but I am glad I declined and learned to lower it through diet alone.
As I spent lots of time doing trial-and-error cooking and learning to be healthy, I became interested in helping others. I volunteered at a local food pantry, which my mother frequented to maximize her small fixed income. I learned a lot through her, including how local community food pantries help people get through the month on very little income. After she passed away, I started a small food pantry at my church. Together, with two of my closest friends, the food pantry grew from a closet-sized space to a small room packed with food. Soon, the Oregon Food Bank noticed and asked us to join them. From that point, we grew from feeding about 10 to 15 people a week to 60 to 70 people a week. I headed the Sonrise Church Food Pantry for eight years before stepping down. What an eye-opening experience! I learned a great deal about how our society consumes food, and my desire to help people eat healthy—and be healthy—had grown. Helping others. Helping you!
At this point, I had worked as a medical assistant for 17 years. With my experience running the food pantry and working in the medical field, I started my health coach training with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I learned numerous dietary theories and how they apply to different people, and I studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. (Learn more about my training and unique approach to health coaching.)
Drawing on this training, I help clients (you!) create a completely personalized road map to health that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.
Ready to learn how health coaching can help you? Let’s talk. Schedule a no-charge consultation with me today.
I serve Portland as well as Washington County and the surrounding areas, including Hillsboro, Beaverton, Aloha, Tigard, Cornelius, and Forest Grove. I also offer phone consultation for those out of the area.
The information in this website is not intended as medical advice or to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge. I encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. Always work directly with a qualified medical professional before attempting to treat any illness or medical condition with diet and lifestyle, or when changing or discontinuing any prescription medications. Always be sure you talk with your doctor before making any changes in diet when you have an existing medical condition and check with your doctor before starting any new diet or fitness program.