I am a high school mathematics teacher, living in Arlington Heights, Illinois with my husband, Bob. I am also a Certified Health Coach and studied through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Health and nutrition have always been my passion. I enjoy cooking with whole foods, exercising in any way that keeps me moving and feeling strong, and helping others lead a healthy lifestyle.
I started this blog as an outlet for documenting and sharing my culinary experiments, along with thoughts on maintaining a healthy, happy, balanced life. I hope you are able to find something here that might work for you!
- To search recipes, choose the Eat category.
- To search for recipes using specific ingredients, browse by tag.
- Also check out MIWFY, as I often try to point out when recipes can be adjusted to suit multiple dietary preferences
Background Details (why I’m pursuing a health coach certification):
In November of 2006, I developed an agonizing, relentless pain in my left leg. I went to more professionals (orthopedic doctors, sports specialists, podiatrists, spine/neck doctors, etc.) than I care to remember seeking out the cause, and finding help to alleviate the pain. I was constantly being referred to someone else. Over the next 4 years, no one could tell me why I had chronic pain, and after about 6 different physical therapists, I wasn’t feeling better. I had tried to not take any medications, but at this point the doctor’s felt that it was the only way to stop the “pain cycle”. So, I did. For 6 months. And it helped, a little. At the end of the 6 months, the doctor said this was “as good as it’s going to get”, and I may have to just learn to live with it.
Needless to say, I wasn’t thrilled. I decided to take matters into my own hands. Within weeks of that conversation, I met a chiropractor and a massage therapist that strongly felt they could help. Together they were able to find multiple muscle imbalances and dysfunction–probably due to years of compensation for the pain–and developed plans to help me correct them. In addition, I started examining my diet and researching how foods can heal. I added yoga, meditation and even simple positive thinking, into my life. At this point, I can report that I am almost entirely pain-free!
Since then, I started a program to become a certified health coach. I am passionate about studying health and wellness and have a great desire to help others.
For a bit more information on becoming a health coach, check out my guest post.