My goal is to help you make lasting lifestyle changes
I am a health coach and a devoted life learner - always expanding my knowledge and making connections among ideas and concepts. I love “translating” the scientific literature into practical ideas and healthy behaviors. And I love seeing how often this corresponds to the wisdom handed down by ancient traditions around the world.
I am especially fascinated with the psychology of behavior change, and how we can harness the power of our mind, our heart, and our environment to help us create and maintain a healthy, fulfilling life. And I love that seemingly small, incremental changes, over time, compound to big results!
My own health challenges
Like nearly everyone today, I have been touched by health issues. My mother died of breast cancer at the age of 53. This was a pivotal moment for me, losing someone so close. I was studying for my Master's in Public Health, so I threw myself into researching what may have contributed to her disease - I wanted to know how to protect myself and others. This was the beginning of my health quest.
Later, I turned my research skills towards my own health challenges. These have included chronic yeast infections, and frequent colds and bacterial infections. Heavy metal toxicity. A serious mold exposure causing fevers, chemical sensitivity, and an ongoing sensitivity to everyday mold exposures. And finally, a very stressful event lead to a cascade of symptoms: overwhelming fatigue; restless legs and difficulty sleeping, hormonal imbalances, anxiety, and sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from things like cell phones, WiFi, and household electricity.
My healing journey...
One key aspect of my healing has been to eliminate as many sources of toxic exposures as possible, including cleaning and body care products, household items and furnishings, and sources of electromagnetic radiation. For example, we use baking soda and vinegar for cleaning, our internet and phone is hard-wired, we fixed several electrical wiring problems which were causing high levels of “dirty” electricity and high magnetic fields, and at night we shut off all non-essential electrical circuits.
I eat a low carb diet (cycling in and out of mild ketosis) consisting primarily of nutrient dense organic vegetables, with healthy fats from avocados, coconuts, and seeds and nuts, along with a moderate amount of grass fed and / or pastured organic meat, and wild caught fish. I was vegetarian for fifteen years, and have a lot of sympathy for the motivations behind this choice. When done well, it can work for some, but it doesn’t work for my body.
I have many practices which help me calm my nervous system, so that my body is able to heal itself: meditation, breathing exercises, visualization, Qigong, and yoga nidra, and amygdala retraining have all been immensely helpful. Monitoring my energy level and stress response, and adjusting my activities accordingly has been key to minimizing ups and downs. Being sensitive, I have also found various methods of energy healing to be gentle yet powerful.
To improve my sleep, I get out in the early morning sunlight to set my circadian rhythm, exercise regularly, use very low lighting at night, and I allow myself plenty of opportunity to sleep. I started slowly with exercise - first just gentle stretching. As my energy improved, I added Qigong, and slow walking. Now I take a vigorous daily walk and have started strength training.
In so many ways, I am healthier now than I have ever been. While I am still rebuilding my stamina, many things have changed in my mindset, my behaviors, and my body. My diet has expanded to include many healthy foods that previously would have triggered symptoms. And while I treasure our family’s low toxicity home and lifestyle for the long-term health benefits, I no longer have symptoms from chemical or electromagnetic exposures on my trips to town, or from everyday mold exposures. I rarely get a cold, and if I do it is mild.
A s an eternal optimizer, there are so many things I am still working to improve! I think of health as a journey with lots of landmarks to be celebrated, but no final destination. After all, circumstances in our life and environment change, requiring us to learn new skills and grow.
Tell me about your health concerns!
There are many universal principles, and also infinite ways in which we are each unique - our bodies, our history, our lifestyle, our environment. I can help you find what works best for you and how to create lasting, healthy change.