I am a wife and Mom of 4 almost fully grown kids! When not making a total mess in the kitchen, or consulting one-on-one with clients, you can find me cycling on the scary Florida roads with my husband or hanging out with our 2 teenage daughters who like to guess what “weird healthy ingredients” might be hidden in their food. My 2 boys live in Israel, one in college and the other recently got married after finishing his service as a commander in the Israeli Defense Forces. They often ask me for healthy recipes and which supplement(s) to take which makes me very proud and happy! My husband and I and our girls hope we can join them there someday soon.
Like many of you, I spent a long time struggling to understand how to eat healthy, how to get in shape, and how to make sense of all the conflicting health and nutrition information out there. It began with my childhood and teenage years, when I had near constant stomach pain, heartburn after meals, awful eczema on my elbows and knees, debilitating headaches, and generally not feeling well a majority of the time! While I did get fairly healthy meals at home, I ate junk food and fast food whenever I had the chance and did not connect the bad eating habits to my health problems – I mean, if all the Doctors I went to couldn’t find anything wrong, and I “seemed” ok, then I must be healthy, right?
In addition to poor eating habits, I was given antibiotics any time I had a cough or cold, which was pretty frequent. In the 80’s, not many health professionals associated the overuse of antibiotics with a poor immune system so it was often prescribed for the slightest ailment, which made all my other symptoms worse. But it was a cycle I wasn’t sure how to break because if you are told you need medication, what else can you do?
Then I thought if I was more fit, maybe I’d feel better. While I was not overweight, I was desperately out of shape, with no idea how to exercise properly for my body type. In college I decided I had enough of feeling lousy so I switched my major to Kinesiology & Health Science, hoping to gain some insight. I became a certified Personal Trainer. I researched everything I could on natural medicine on the advice of a fellow trainer who also had health issues and had been helped by a Holistic Nutritionist. Slowly my health – and fitness – started to turn around. I then attended the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, and completed the program to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Several years later I returned to complete the Advanced program. I continue to stay current on research and information in this constantly changing field in order to guide my clients in the best way possible.
I did have some setbacks over the years, for example when I developed chronic back pain after an overzealous fitness routine and when my hormones suddenly went out of whack in my early 40s. The more I went through, the more I learned how to help myself, and in turn, how to help others. It's important to know that health is not measured by the number on a scale; it’s about feeling better, knowing what supplements to take, learning how to use natural remedies, wholesome food and other holistic solutions for better health.
As a modern Orthodox Jewish woman who observes Kosher food laws, I understand the challenges and frustrations of trying to feed a family only nutritious, healthy food that they actually want to eat. With my straightforward approach, and step-by-step process, I have been able to help numerous people feel better and meet their health and wellness goals.
I sincerely believe it’s never to late to get started on the path towards better health!