Through my journey I quickly learned that I was not alone and that many of the challenges that others face today have an answer in nutrition and lifestyle.

My journey started with years of painful digestive issues and unexplained estrogen deficiency.  I was diagnosed with PCOS in my early 20s and went most of that decade without a single menstrual cycle. I didn’t have the cysts or weight gain I’ve read about, or the excess hair growth, but I did have the crazy adult acne, quite a bit of hair loss, and after being told by almost all of my doctors that I would have difficulty conceiving, a big fear of infertility. What did it mean to get pregnant with PCOS?

I was also very active at the time. Teaching group fitness classes and working out six days a week. I now know I was over-exercising.  After many frustrating doctors visits I decided to become my own first client. Blood work uncovered hormone imbalances, fatigued adrenals, and excess toxins and inflammation likely caused by high stress. I did not want to continue on birth control (I had already been taking it for the past 10 years). Additionally, I wasn’t interested in medication. I was desperate to figure this out the natural way.

So, I started with my diet. I was already mostly plant-based. But I learned more about the connection between hormone balance and saturated fat. I dabbled with a few Chinese herbs, and started on a wonderful whole food nutraceutical, which I still take today. My relationship to exercise also changed. Yoga and pilates replaced the almost daily runs and HIIT classes. After roughly 4 months, my menstrual cycle returned, my skin improved, and I had all-day energy for the first time in a very long time. Fast forward 5 years, still estrogen deficient, but healthier than ever and a brand new mom to Elliot, our sweet little boy who was unexpectedly conceived on our honeymoon!

Through my journey I quickly learned that I was not alone and that many of the challenges that others face today have an answer in nutrition and lifestyle. I realized that I needed to move to a career that would allow me to be more directly involved in helping and connecting with others. I now support women in holistically enhancing their health throughout all phases of pregnancy. My approach to wellness is rooted in being your healthiest and happiest self!