Personally knowing the inner pain and struggle of excess weight, autoimmune disease, PCOS and hormone imbalances I was determined to find a better way of living than in constant frustration and road blocks.
I have struggled with weight maintenance for most of my life. Since age 12 the 1-2 lbs gained here and there would weigh heavy not only on the scale but on my confidence, my mood and my relationship with food and fitness. I would manage to loose 5 or even 10 lbs but then slowly they would creep back on and I would get more and more frustrated. I ate healthy, I exercised moderately 3-4 times per week and I rarely over indulged and still I continued to struggle.
It wasn’t until my late 20’s when my husband and I decided we were ready for children and were disappointed month after month with yet another negative pregnancy test that I finally went to the doctor for answers. After a few tests I was diagnosed with PCOS. Not the answer I wanted but at least now I knew what I was up against and I started formulating my overcoming PCOS protocol.
After 2 months of diligently making these lifestyle changes I was finally pregnant with our oldest daughter! I loved being pregnant and aside from some very mild morning sickness life was amazing!!!! But, although I was eating healthy still exercising I began packing on the pounds.
I gained almost 70 pounds with my first two pregnancies (only 21 months apart). It was then I decided I was going to conquer this issue once and for all and the quest had begun! With my masters in Physician Assistant Sciences and Bachelors in Health Science focusing on nutrition and exercise physiology I had years of knowledge of what’s supposed to work but with the combination of our modern diets, variation in body types, and hormonal balances it just wasn’t working for me I was missing some key components of implementing health in my life. From my educational background and my personal journey and all the amazing things I have discovered that actually work. And this is how, through research and implementation and my joy and passion to teach and watch others implement these simple lifestyle changes and live BETTER is how Nourished to Healthy got started!
I’m not going to say it’s never hard now, however, I have found my way, my better self and it motivates me to correct myself when needed so I can enjoy my life fully!