A few years ago my husband, Nick, and I decided to clean up our diet. I was experiencing seasonal allergies every June, always seemed to have a tickle in my throat, and things were just off. Nick was having skin problems. He is a chiropractor who specializes in Functional Medicine, and we wanted to find a natural solution to our problems. We did food allergy testing and found that we were both sensitive to gluten, soy, dairy, and egg. When we discovered this, I worried, “how are we ever going to do this?” We had to completely shift the composition of our diet and rely on meat and veggies as our main staples. We learned to adapt by substituting a few things we really like with allergen-free alternatives. We started eating things like rice pasta, coconut amino soy sauce, and almond milk. By default this diet ruled out almost all sweets– all cakes, cookies, and even many candies– because all of those treats include at least dairy, egg, or soy, if not gluten. After several months, Nick’s skin cleared up and my stomach started to settle. It was subtle, and it took a while to notice, but I became really aware of those changes when I re-introduced some of those foods back into my diet. With my new awareness, I couldn’t believe I lived my life so oblivious to my physical comfort for so many years.
As a result, I found new excitement in cooking and eating healthy food. While I was a practicing dentist, I found my interest in Dentistry waning, and my interest and passion for nutrition and health growing. As I grew restless, I knew that a career change was in order. I did not anticipate that I would help people achieve their health goals and lose weight. Instead, this new career found me.
A trusted friend and colleague of Nick’s introduced us to a medically-designed weight loss program called Ideal Protein. He had spent the last year having tremendous success helping people lose weight, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and decrease insulin resistance– all with food. We entered with some doubts, thinking it was too good to be true. After months of our own similar success stories, I can now confidently say to people, “if you follow this program, the fat will melt away. Results ARE typical.”
So here I am leaving an old health care career to start a new one, and for the first time in my life, I love what I do! Helping people get healthy, feel good, and live the life they want to live fills my days with joy. I love food, and I love to share how I make a healthy meal taste great. I will mostly share Ideal Protein recipes that can be enjoyed by anyone, and every once in a while you might find some healthy living tips on here. So here goes. Join the ride, and hopefully I can inspire you to treat your body with the love and respect that it deserves.
After all, it’s the only one you have.