A short history and new year TASTING
This week's TASTING is a little different than what I started in 2017. I will not list out immediately 4 items I'm loving right now but instead, share my very personal experiences and how I got to where I am today. This is not easy for me. Sharing my personal thoughts and experiences has been something I've only shared with others in a safe, intimate, and one on one experience. But, one of my goals for this year is to use my voice and share as much as I can, so here goes.
When I began my health journey at the age of 23/24 I started changing my eating habits. I became vegetarian, started cooking all my meals, did my first week-long juice cleanse and then learned the importance of fruits and vegetables in one's diet. But I also started therapy, acupuncture, and yoga. And once I started taking time out of my day for myself, I was able to stay afloat during some really trying times.
In my 20's a lot of "trauma" happened. My mom was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, my college boyfriend died in a plane crash, my brother whom I lived with in NYC and was very close with dealt with drug addiction, mental illness and ended up passing away from a heroin overdose ( a topic and event I will discuss in more detail in a later post). All while I was trying to navigate what I wanted to do with my life and who I was as an individual. I had gone to college at The Fashion Institute of Technology and studied Advertising and Marketing. It was a decision I am so thankful I made out of high school because it brought me to NYC where I really feel I was able to grow into who I am today. After college, I traveled and worked as a model (a dream I had wanted to pursue since I was young) but still felt very unfulfilled and in a constant state of financial struggle. I ended up taking a job as a bottle waitress at a posh NYC nightclub, 1 oak. Working in nightlife was and is a wild experience in itself and to keep this short I'll leave it at that but I feel its necessary to mention in my long list of life experiences. While working in nightlife I went back to school to study nutrition at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition or IIN. This is where my habits really began to change and I started to cultivate the tools to help me move through trauma, stay healthy, and build a fulfilling life. I graduated from IIn in 2011 and immediately started work as a nutritionist at a green beauty spa in Manhattan. I was so grateful for the opportunity and quickly grew a clientele while also getting to learn from an aesthetician how important nutrition is for skin health (which has now become relevant in my career). While I was finally doing something I loved I was feeling that NYC was no longer serving me. I had always wanted to live on the west coast at some point in my life and in 2012 I made the move from NYC to LA.
Moving did not bring the immediate success I thought I would receive for my career but it did immediately offer up more healing and expansion for me personally. Shortly after moving to LA I had the opportunity to go to the Hoffman Institute for a week-long self-help retreat. I owe my relationship, personal health, well being, and ability to grow to Hoffman. I would highly recommend it to anyone. I have since continued to work on myself by seeking out other therapies and modalities such as understanding and reading about neuroscience, trying breath work, working with healers like Lacy Phillips of Free and Native, and continuing to grow my yoga and meditation practice. I can't say life is exactly perfect now, I still have lots of ups and downs and my career is still taking shape and twisting and turning in new directions. But I am grateful for all of it and finally feel confident in my own skin and health.
Nutrition is the basis of my practice and something I feel is most important for creating change in one's life, and self-care through therapies and other modalities is just as important. In my current practice, I have created a program to implement change through food but also like to encourage this. My goal is to continue to grow and expand personally and bring my personal experiences and learnings to my practice. I look forward to continuing to share with you all here and in one on one sessions.