I am a former D1 and professional athlete turned holistic health practitioner, ACE-certified personal trainer, and integrative nutritionist.
Personally, I know how it feels to be consumed by a "yo-yo lifestyle" constantly fighting an uphill battle, counting calories, trying to work them off, and just never feeling healthy! This eventually lead me to be diagnosed with Hashimotos (along with being genetically predisposed). After a lot of trial and error, I found out what works for me and I want to help others do the same.
The truth is, no two humans have the same exact DNA. So there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to living your best life. Trust me, I've tried almost every diet and fitness plan out there, a temporary fix is a best-case scenario.
Together I will help you navigate your bio-individuality to better understand what exactly your body needs.
I will take a look at every angle of your current lifestyle, physical, emotional, and mental health and create a plan for you that allows you to thrive at this exact point in your life so you can continue to do the things you love, while looking and feeling your best.
After years of trying to figuring out how to look and feel my best... I decided to COMMIT to this journey. To stop living for the weekends and events where I want to look skinny in my dress... and to start living a life where I felt my best mentally and physically every damn day... And I want to help YOU DO THE SAME! Because life is too short not to know what it feels like to live your healthiest, fullest life! Don't settle.
Discover how great your body is designed to feel!
Here is a look into my journey...
In Highschool: No one would ever know what I was feeling. I started to feel fat the day the scale got into the 130s (which is very healthy)... I would starve myself leading up to prom, homecoming, any dance or events where I wanted to feel good and look good. I associated eating with being fat. But I also had NO self-control with sweets and would binge eat. When I tried to restrict foods, I would think about them ALL the time until I caved and stuffed myself. I remember thinking that I was never going to be able to live a life where I didn't worry about everything I ate. I was constantly calling myself fat, even though I knew I wasn't -- the foods I was eating and the lack of self-control made me feel "fat"/sad. I felt like I had to say I was fat in case anyone else was thinking I had gained weight... I was also constantly weighing myself -- multiple times s day. The thought of food made me anxious because I felt like I had no control over it.
In College: Playing college lacrosse, living in a dorm, lifting weights for the first time, going to class, ALL OF THAT caused me to just lose any control I had -- I was no longer a yo-yo I was just consistently getting bigger (refusing to get on the scale), I was happy on the outside but it was slowly "weighing me down" on the inside. In my first semester, I gained 35 pounds (at least) -- I think this is probably the first sign of a thyroid issue.
I didn't want to know the damage I had done, I was thinking freshman 15... not 35... Anyway, when I finally got on the scale, it was a terrible feeling. I was sad, trying to pretend I didn't care. At the time, I had no patience and was obsessed with immediate results so I would starve myself and when that didn't work I would eat everything... Back to the yo-yo but this time when I was on the lighter side, I was still heavy for me.
In my sophomore year, it got worse. I had a kitchen but we also had a cafeteria in our building so I would eat at both. Living alone allowed me to seclude myself when I felt gross... I was extremely depressed -- this is when I went to speak with our school counselor. I remember them saying something along the lines of "nothing is wrong with you... try these meds, maybe it will help ." I knew I didn't want medicine if there was "no reason" to take them (yes, some people do REALLY need medicine). For me, I knew that I wasn't living the life of the girl I was born to be. I wasn't a sad kid, I knew I was born to be better than the person I was at this point in my life. Looking back, the truth is I just didn't want to face the fact it was my fault that I was where I was. I was always stubborn.
Sugars, refined carbs, and processed goods are highly linked to poor mental health, depression, anxiety, and mood swings.
At the end of my sophomore year, I was talking with a teammate (now my bestie) and she was talking about how she struggled with a "yo-yo" lifestyle and sticking to a healthy lifestyle as well. When I realized there was someone else that was struggling with this I was so happy. I thought I was the only person on the planet who had such a complicated relationship with eating.
Together, we decided to make 100HealthyDays Instagram Accounts where we would post EVERYTHING we ate and a workout once a day. If it wasn't something we would post to our 100 healthy days, we wouldn't eat it. It helped hold me accountable and kept me consistent... honestly, this is when my lifestyle sparked!
For the rest of my college career, I was committed to eating healthy and making the most of every workout. I was performance-driven and that really helped me stay on track!
Of course, when my career ended, I lost motivation. I struggled to transition from an extremely competitive high performing athlete to a girl who wanted to feel good in her body... THEN I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's which I have been researching for the past 3 years and am working to heal holistically.
As you can see, it took me a lot of trial and error to build a healthy lifestyle. A lifestyle where I could eat and feel good about it! Where I could go out with my friends and be my happy, confident self, without the weight of feeling fat and gross all the time. I am still working to make small healthy lifestyle changes every day.
I've made it my mission to help anyone who has ever felt like they're stuck and don't know what to do. You CAN find that can-do-anything confidence. You CAN balance work, fitness, and friends. What I have discovered over the years is that the key to living a healthy, happy, balanced life is to be real with yourself. Admit that you have weaknesses, admit that you can be better, WANT to change, and I will help you slowly but surely make those changes and CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
We can ALL ALWAYS be better. It is okay to have bad days. Live your life like a champion and focus on function over aesthetics.