MY JOURNEY TO WELLNESS
Although today I am a holistic healer leveraging multiple disciplines (integrative nutrition, wellness coaching, organic homesteading, farm education and Jewish spirituality), I wasn’t always so invested in mind-body-heart-spirit wellness.
When I was in high school, I began to use food to stuff my emotions. I didn’t even realize I was doing it. This continued through college, where I quickly gained the “freshman 15” (and then some). So I tried my first restrictive diet. I lived on shakes, lost the weight and for a while, I felt great. But I couldn’t keep that up for very long. I fell back into familiar habits, ultimately damaging my metabolism and gut biome. By graduation, I started experiencing painful gas and digestive upset.
Acknowledging the Problem
When I was finally willing to face what was going on, I became aware of the vicious cycle of my covering up uncomfortable symptoms and fueling my hungry heart with food. This led me to a more enlightened path that has taken me to where I am today.
I started with self-reflection and began working through my emotional pain, which is an essential part of the healing process. And then I did research. Lots of research! I found dietary guidelines that could help heal my microbiome. I learned about nourishing myself with friends, spiritual practices, connection to the earth and self love instead of the self abuse of my compulsive overeating. With this whole being approach, I learned what worked well for my body, emotions, and spirit: then I learned to adapt it over time, since our bodies change throughout our lives.
“Long lasting change can only come from kindness to yourself.”
– Geneen Roth
Experiencing a Shift
By my late 20s, I was immersed in the holistic lifestyle and loved it. My perspective was shifting profoundly. I wanted to learn how to grow my own food and became excited to connect my food and the natural order of healthy farm systems. Connecting healthy living with food grown naturally and connected to the soil provided the next level of understanding of healthy food systems and healthy bodies. Life is all about connection.
Going All In
After earning a Masters of Science in Nutrition, becoming a Registered Dietitian, and committing to growing clean food, I realized that nourishing myself spiritually would bring the next phase of sustained healing. Being ordained as a Kohenet Hebrew Priestess supported my development of a spiritual practice that was pragmatic and deeply fulfilling and helps me guide others in the development of their own holistic wellness
Now I have raised two kids, many veggies and animals for food, and helped hundreds of people learn what their bodies need to heal from the inside out. We integrate healthy meal plans, learn to listen to our innate wisdom, while embracing nourishing relationships and activities that bring body, heart, mental, and spiritual wellness.
The combination of learning to nourish yourself in the Kabbalistic Four worlds of the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual combined with time in nature, and lifestyle medicine that is suited for your constitution brings about inner wellness that allows for rejuvenation and vitality.
I created a framework that integrates wellness within for optimal nourishment.
Sharing the Wisdom
I have a variety of individual and group programs that guide you to activate your healing, self growth, and transformation – including signature systems for managing blood sugar balance, digestive disturbance, auto-immune disease, emotional eating and chronic inflammation.
Join me on this journey to nourish wellness within. I know you’re going to love it, too!
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Credentials & Influences
Masters in Nutrition from Bastyr University, 2000
Certified Health Coach with expertise in Power Coaching and Intrinsic Coaching
Trained in FODMAPs, BiPhasic Diet for SIBO, FirstLine Therapy
Trained in Motivational Interviewing
Kohenet Hebrew Priestess, ordained in 2017
Growing my own food since 1997
Run a Farm Education Program since 2004
Live in a kibbutz-inspired community I founded with my husband
A special thank you
to the teachers and thought leaders who have impacted my work.
I am most inspired by the work of Geneen Roth, Dr. Diana Schwarzbein, Dr. Mark Hyman, Marc David, Ellyn Satter, RD; and many spiritual teachers including; Rabbi David Wolfe-Blank zt”l, Rabbi Shefa Gold, Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein, Rabbi David Fainsilber, Rabbi Arthur Waskow and my Beloved Kohenet community and teachers Rav Kohenet Jill Hammer, Rav Kohenet Taya Ma Shere, Rav Kohenet Shoshana Jedwab and Kohenet Lady Tiana Mirapae.
With deep gratitude to my community of neighbors, friends and family, and my greatest daily teachers – my precious children Ayla and Adyn, and my cherished husband Craig.
“What most people don’t realize is that food is not just calories: It’s information. It actually contains messages that communicate to every cell in the body.”
– Dr. Mark Hyman