I am a certified Nutrition Coach and Wellness expert based in San Diego, California. I spent so long not knowing who to listen to, what to believe and having so many of my own set-backs. I knew I needed to help others; to not only get well, but to live well.
My wellness journey started when I began studying traditional Chinese medicine and Herbology. This is where I built my holistic health foundation. I learned about the mind-body connection, how all of our organs are connected and that our entire system works as one.
The school was an integrative medicine school, so I was also required to learn western medicine and terminology. I became completely fascinated with the biochemical process of nutrition and disease.This fascination led me to functional nutrition; care that is focused on building health by restoring proper physiological functioning of the body.
After starting school, I began a consistent self-care practice and saw the benefits of doing so on my mental and physical health. I also found a love for physical movement and actually learned to enjoy my time spent working out. It was hard for me to find a balance between living a holistic lifestyle, benefiting from modern nutrition and having the freedom to enjoy my life.
Everything really came full-circle when I decided to get my certification through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and this is where the idea for The Good Balance was born.
My day always looks a little different, I practice intuitive eating, and do not have any diet labels. There are some things that I do try to incorporate every day, and things that I avoid almost always, but I try not to put too much stress on myself. I strongly believe two things; having enough education and awareness about the foods your eating has the biggest impact on the foods you chose, and that your diet should be bio-individual and supportive to yourself.
We must be willing to learn, and to try new things for ourselves. There is not one diet that will work for everyone, and that same diet will not work for someone their entire life. I think people are so desperate to find something that works for them, so they can put a label on it, but that's not what health is. We get so obsessed making sure we pick out the right meal in order to stay inside this unrealistic category, we end up getting blindsided by the macros and calories and end up leaving nutrient-dense food behind. The ability to learn, evolve and adapt in difficult situations will take you so much further than finding the “magic solution.”