In 1990, I lost my father to numerous strokes and heart disease. In 2009, I lost my mother to diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. When my mother was diagnosed with diabetes, she never received education on the importance of diet and exercise. As a heath coach, it is my desire to educate individuals about the importance of nutrition and exercise.
In 2011, I was diagnosed with borderline high cholesterol. It was suggested that I begin a diet low in fat and cholesterol, or my cholesterol could get out of control. It was recommended that I begin an exercise program. My doctor also discussed cholesterol medication with me. Because I saw my mother suffer from the horrible side effects of cholesterol medication, I chose another way to lower my cholesterol. I began to eat in a totally different way. I joined a gym, and began exercising at least three times a week. In two years, I have brought my total cholesterol down from 239 to 159 without medication and using food as medicine. I am proof that controlling high cholesterol can be done with diet and exercise, and as a health coach I emphasize the importance of using food as medicine.
I have always had a passion for helping people. In 2006, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ottawa University in Phoenix, Arizona. I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City in October 2012, and began my health coaching journey in January 2013.