Since my early years in college, I knew I wanted to help people heal from serious illnesses. Although my passion has always been finding the cure for cancer, I intuitively knew that most diseases had a similar underlying cause and that once we unlocked the key, people would find their health once again.
I was raised as a typical American child and routinely dealt with a host of health conditions that I had come to believe were “normal”. Sore throats, allergies, constipation and more were experienced by everyone I knew, so why would I be different? Like everyone else, I worked my way through college and earned my B.S. in Professional Chemistry, graduating as Magna Cum Laude and having been awarded a full fellowship to Penn State University where I planned to complete my Ph.D. while researching angiogenisis inhibitors (blood supply inhibitors) for cancer cells.
Little did I know that the biggest shift in my life was right around the corner. While looking for possible reasons for my dog’s unpleasant behavior, I learned that additives in many dog foods were responsible for neurosis and cancer in dogs and should be avoided. Naturally, I began purchasing completely natural dog food, but also noticed that the same synthetic chemicals were in the vast majority of my own food products. In that instant, I knew my life would never be the same. I realized I was working with the same people who were responsible for the development for cancer while hiding under the guise of “searching for the cure”.
I quit grad school. I sat by flowing rivers. I hiked alone for hours and hours on end. It took me months to get my footing in life again, but once I did, I ended up delving deep into the life of homesteading and permaculture during which time my husband and I raised the vast majority of our own food. I was a strict vegetarian and ate a diet low in fat and rich in organic whole grain products, so I believed I was living the most healthful life possible.
My health crisis hit after the birth of my first child. Although my pregnancy had been uneventful (save for developing gestational diabetes which forced me to eliminate the honey and blackstrap molasses I loved to add to my meals and teas), it wasn’t until four months post partum that I found myself practically bed ridden with weakness and arthritis in the knees. No one knew what was wrong, but I knew I would get to the bottom of things. Gratefully, I had a scientific background and could understand the mountain of literature I would wade through while nursing my new baby.
A mail order cortisol test confirmed my suspicions – I was experiencing severe adrenal fatigue. Pregnancy had exhausted my reserves and I had little energy left to even get up and make food for myself. This was more than ten years ago, when the ketogenic diet was no where near as popular as it is today. Somehow, I stumbled across the idea that carbs were damaging to the adrenals and that their preferred fuel source was ketones, so I gave it a try. What did I have to lose?
I shifted my daytime meals and noticed an almost immediate improvement in my symptoms. I was functional again! Things still weren’t what I hoped they would be though, and I knew it was due to my nightly “cheats” which I held on to for months. It wasn’t until I finally quit the honey and peanut butter gorge sessions that my health really began to soar. I spent a year in ketosis and reaped tremendous benefits which last to this day.
Since that year, my passion for devouring scientific literature related to the ketogenic diet has only fueled my belief that this is the ultimate treatment for practically every disease under the sun. I myself have remained strictly low carb and it has served me well. I have had a total of four babies, all completely naturally and without a single complication. My fertility has been excellent and I have gotten pregnant within three months of trying each time. My milk supply is abundant. Now, my entire family and I are enjoying the benefits of ketosis, as my partner finally realized he really needed it to benefit his own adrenals.
This is a lifestyle that works. Logically and scientifically, the evidence behind its therapeutic value is overwhelming. It took me a number of years to discover how I would blend my scientific background and understanding of ketosis with my passion to help others heal, yet through a series of synchronicities, I realized coaching would allow me to serve my clients while remaining available to my family. My calling is to help people with a serious illness return to health with the power of nutritional ketosis.