My 15-year journey as a model took me around the world several times, but most relevant to my life today, it led me to a better understanding of my body's inner workings.
It all began after leaving my home state of Kentucky for the Big Apple--I quickly discovered that my college diet of Taco Bell and Little Debbie snack cakes wasn't gonna cut it in the modeling world! Besides getting my body in tip-top shape with exercise and cleaner foods, the bonus was that my energy levels soared--gone were near black-outs during photo shoots that I later realized were mere sugar crashes.
After years of trial and error with my own self-discovery, and voraciously reading every nutrition book I could get my hands on, I tied that knowledge together with an intensive nutrition program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City in 2004, which focuses on both Eastern and Western philosophies. I was trained in more than 100 dietary theories and a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. My education continues by the day while I stay on top of nutrition news, attend seminars, and especially as I learn directly from clients with each unique situation. In 2012, I began to incorporate foot reflexology into my wellness program.
I live in Brooklyn with my boyfriend and our three kids, spending weekends (and whenever possible!) upstate New York, in Ulster County. During off time, I can usually be found with my family outdoors: hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, rollerblading, trail running, skiing, etc. Or...just sitting in awe in front of a new bloom.
Since becoming a mom, I'm more passionate than ever about keeping a healthy and green household, both for our personal health and for the health of our environment. I hope to share important research that I've accrued along the way with other moms, as well as personal tips I've found helpful in maintaining that "inner mama balance" (which is a tricky tightrope to walk!).
Certifications + Memberships:
AADP (American Association of Drugless Practitioners)
AHHA (American Holistic Health Association)
IAHC (International Association of Health Coaches)
ARCB (American Reflexology Certification Board)
RAA (Reflexology Association of America)
NYSRA (New York State Reflexology Association)