How I got started
As a child, I watched my father struggle with being overweight and battle with diabetes. I lost him way too soon from complications of a disease that is preventable and reversible. At the same time, I was raised on a “hobby farm”, where my mother grew our vegetables, which we canned and preserved, and most everything we ate was prepared from scratch. Gardening, cooking, and activity was a part of daily life, and I learned to value healthy lifestyle and nutrition.
After finishing my undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, I spent years working in wilderness and adventure education, teaching people to realize their potential through challenges, and helping them to see that they can do more than they think they can. Eating well, physical activity and fitness were integral to this lifestyle. Fitness and nutrition have been an ongoing interest for me, and I have raised my children eating whole foods, gardening, and cooking. After my father died and having been involved in his care, I decided to go back to school for nursing to help people who were struggling with their health. Working as an RN and family nurse practitioner in the acute care hospital setting, I saw a lot of chronic disease and complications of chronic disease, and I knew that the root cause of much of this illness was connected to lifestyle and could be prevented or healed.
Years later, it is no accident that I am working in specialty area with a functional medicine approach, helping individuals and families across the lifespan to lose weight, make lifestyle changes, reverse diabetes and insulin resistance, and achieve optimal health.
Why I love what I do
I believe healthy lifestyle and food as medicine should be the foundation of health care. I have seen firsthand the impact of poor nutrition, stress, and other lifestyle factors on mental and physical health. I believe with coaching and education; individuals can be empowered to take control of their health and enjoy a better quality of life and be the best version of who they are. Partnering with clients and seeing them make significant strides in taking charge of their health is incredibly rewarding. Each person has a unique journey, history, and story, and I enjoy the richness of being a part of their journey. I also believe that the mind and body has incredible power to heal.
A quote from the founder of Outward Bound, the wilderness program I worked for, has stuck with me and is what I believe about people.
“There is more in us than we know. If we can be made to see it, perhaps, for the rest of our lives, we will be unwilling to settle for less.”
On a more personal note
I live in Ely, Minnesota, surrounded by nature, and get out in it as often as I can. I enjoy spending time at cross country and track meets and basketball games watching my son, who is a senior in high school. He is a busy teenager, but I like hanging out with him whenever he slows down enough. I enjoy any time I can get with my daughter, who is in college and living away. I like to do anything outdoors, trail running and hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing and skiing, and I tend to socialize with a multitude of friends who enjoy these activities.
I absolutely love to cook for myself and for friends and family, and I am continually looking up and trying out new recipes. I enjoy all aspects of food aside from nutrition; comfort, community, tradition, aesthetic, sensory and creativity. I enjoy sharing food ideas with others, and introducing my clients to a whole new relationship with food.
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