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As a kid, I was labeled as a picky eater because I’d never really liked meat (let’s just say our family dog made out like a bandit in table scraps!) So, when I hit my teens, I decided to become a vegetarian. I was an elite-level soccer player and at a crucial age for bone and muscle development. My mom, bless her soul, was really concerned about my health and in her wisdom decided not to oppose my decision. Instead, she booked appointments with a dietitian and with our family doctor. Mom wanted to make sure I wasn’t hurting my body. Thank goodness for the supportive doctor who not only confirmed that I was more fit and healthy than many teens my age, but actually encouraged me to keep up the good work.
Faced with the prospect of having to prepare a separate meal for me, on top of cooking for the rest of the family, Mom promptly armed me with cookbooks and drove me straight to the nearest health food store. And, so it was that I began my love affair with vegetarian cooking. That’s not to say that I was a saint: I still ate “normal” teen junk foods like fries, milkshakes, and sugary cereals but I found that, as I added the good foods, they kind of crowded out the bad stuff.
My family and friends graciously sampled my tofu burgers, rice salads, and crazy smoothie concoctions and were willing testers as I kept on developing my talent as a cook and devouring recipe books.
I also maintained an active lifestyle: running, playing soccer, going to the gym, and refining my diet, all the time staying lean, healthy and of energy. I took cooking classes, signed up for cleanses and, eventually, dropped dairy altogether to adopt a vegan diet. Along the way, I met the most amazing mentors and thrived in my busy life.
OK – reality check… before I sound too pious here, I need to confess that, yes, I drink coffee and, damn it, I love my chocolate and potato chips. But, the great thing is: I’ve found the perfect balance, and it’s working beautifully. I feel like I’m getting younger as I age!
Over the years, I also discovered that it’s not just my love of cooking and how a plant-based diet makes me feel that matter to me. I’ve gradually developed a deep connection to the environment and to all animal life, and now realize a vegan diet simply makes sense to me on all levels. I love to spend time in nature (gardening, swimming, paddling, hiking, running, walking my dog) and I want my lifestyle to reflect that love.
My transition to a heart-centered, plant-based diet took many years, and I’ve had time to hone my skills, discover what works and what doesn’t, and learn how to fuel with food for maximum energy. With some gentle persuasion, even my very active husband has adopted vegan recipes into his diet.
Over the last 25 years I’ve also integrated Yoga into my life. Yoga gives us all the perfect template for how to eat, think and move to stave off many of the ‘normal’ signs of aging. It really is the fountain of youth.
I’m on a mission to share my knowledge so other women can benefit from my lifetime of learning and can adopt changes in their diet and lifestyle right now (without the multi-decade journey!) I’ll shorten the learning curve for you, and with baby steps you’ll see and fee incredible results in no time flat.
Through the study and practice of Yoga and natural nutrition, my passion for cooking, and mostly sharing and inspiring others through what I’ve learned; I created Powerful Woman Movement programs, opened my own yoga studio, created my signature 12-Day Cleanse, created and hosted three Yoga TV shows, coached thousands of people over the years to eat more plants and live with passion, transforming their lives with weight loss, control of blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reversal of diabetes symptoms and the ‘magical’ disappearance of life-long skin ailments.
Because of the encouragement of my mom, upon all those years ago, I’m here to help you to make the changes you need to feel your best.
If you’re ready to finally get on the right path to the best life ever, to feel energized, and passionate about life, I’m here to help.
Let’s get started now!