Who I am
My background is in food. I mean that in two ways: Number one, I’m a trained raw food chef, restaurant owner, author and recipe developer. Number two, I love food. The second one led to the first one… but there was a long period of unrest, discomfort, and darkness for me around food before I could find my peace with it. The struggles I faced with food and body image led me to this place right here, to strong + radiant. The best advice anyone ever gave me was that life happens for you, not to you. And so, my struggle, as real and hard as it was, happened for me so that I could support and be of service to others on their journey to enduring health.
I grew up with a really amazing mama who raised me by herself, she was (and still is) hardworking, compassionate and health foodie to the max! She was drinking carrot juice and doing coffee enemas way before it was in vogue. I always had an affinity for healthy eating and veganism (as my mom is a 40+ year vegetarian), she taught me well and introduced me to many alternative healing methods that have truly shaped my life, my health, and my families health.
“ What you eat and how you feel are directly related, change your diet for just one week and you'll feel and see the difference.”
Although I grew up in a considerably conscious household, I felt uncomfortable in my body, unsure of myself and afraid of being anything less than perfect. I felt shame for things I couldn’t even describe. From the tender age of 15, all the way into my early 20’s I struggled with eating disorders and low self-esteem. I was constantly looking for the next diet to try and “perfect” my health and body, to try and avoid the real problem. Diets became a distraction from my rocky inner terrain. When I went 100% raw at the age of 17 (after seeing David Wolfe and his crew come into the raw restaurant I worked out with outrageous glow factor) I started to awaken to new parts of myself. I began my self-education into raw foods, veganism, and superfoods.
I have seen time and time again with myself and my clients that when you cleanse your body, you open up new parts of your heart and your mind. As I learned and refined my lifestyle, I became increasingly aware of my inward limitations and heartaches. I finally stopped running from them and dived in the deep end to start facing them. Through cleansing my body, I cleansed my mind.
“My awakening” into heart-based eating and self-compassion led me to develop meal plans, cleanses, detoxes and programs that truly support all parts. The sweetie that you are! You deserve to feel amazing in your body, to wake up and feel loved and whole. To enjoy every bit of your food (and life), to be energized, radiant and of course strong.
I’m excited to get to know you, share with you and build a community of strong and radiant woman who are ready to take this life to the NEXT LEVEL.