Hi! My name is Annie and I am looking forward to meeting you and helping you on your health journey! But first, I would love to tell you a little bit about my own... I have always been health-focused but I wouldn’t say I have always been healthy. I grew up in a house with a mom who was always trying to lose weight and a dad who obsessively exercised and counted calories for fear of gaining weight. So, I looked at health in the wrong way.
I remember being in elementary school, and a friend offered me a donut. I took the bag and read the nutrition label for calories. I think kids should be educated on the impact of food but, an 8 year old should not be reading nutrition labels for calories.
I grew up more concerned about calories than anything else. And, like so many people, I feared fat. As a result, I had low energy. No matter how “healthy” I ate and with how much I excessively worked out, I never looked as good as I thought I should. All of this caused me to have an unhealthy relationship with food. Fast forward, I knew something was missing. I thought I was being healthy but constantly felt bad and wasn’t happy with my body. I worked out but didn’t see great results, I had horrible acne, I had afternoon slumps and bad digestion.
Finally, Robbyn and I took research into our own hands. This took us years to sort through all the misleading and confusing information. But finally we found sources we trusted and learned everything we could. And what we learned blew our mind. So much of what we thought we knew about health was wrong.
After implementing many lifestyle and diet changes, I noticed huge improvements. I was finally seeing results in the gym, my energy and mood were steadier, my acne was clearing up and my digestion was better.
Going on this health journey was hard and it took years. It was a rollercoaster but I am happy it happened as it led me to where I am today. I feel the best I ever have, have a healthy relationship with food, and can eat without fear or calorie counting.
The good news is that I went through years of learning and struggle so you don’t have to. I know how challenging and confusing health related matters can be. Let me save you years of struggle. I look forward to working with you on your health goals to help you to look, and most importantly feel, your best.
For 20 years, I weighed 75 pounds more than I do now. Yes, 75 pounds. I felt bad. My knees hurt, I had acid reflux, my cholesterol was high and I took medication to treat it. However, the way I felt physically was nothing compared to how I felt mentally and emotionally about being overweight.
I felt helpless. I thought that achieving and maintaining a healthy weight was impossible. My blood sugar fluctuated to extremes all day long and I ate unhealthfully in response. I craved sugar and carbs. And don’t even get me started on my diet soda addiction and how that compounded the problem.
It was humiliating and I thought that there was no way I could ever feel in control of my eating.
Several years ago on my birthday, I decided that I was too young to feel this achy and old. And I was tired of feeling like I had no control over my food or my weight. I had joined (and quit) weight loss programs more times than I could count. But this time, my desperation clicked. I re-joined a weight loss program and over the course of a year, I lost 75 pounds. I was ecstatic but my body still didn’t feel great.
I began to realize that I could lose weight but without doing it in a healthy way. Annie and I began to study the effects of healthy and unhealthy foods on the body. We learned that many of the foods we buy at super markets are full of toxins (yes, actual poisons). We also learned about the effects of sugar and how certain foods cause inflammation.
I started eating only real food. I stopped counting calories and starting listening to how my body felt. For years now, I have maintained my weight loss and feel better than I did in my 20s. I have more energy than I did then, my mind is clearer, and my cholesterol levels are normal.
It seemed impossible for me to do this. Yet, I did and I am so thankful for all I have learned and how good I feel every day. If I can do it, you can too.
Since that time, I have passed through menopause…deep sigh. For this reason, the focus of my work is helping menopausal and perimenopausal women navigate a healthy nutritional lifestyle, develop and maintain a healthy weight and to make aging less impactful.