I was 28, happily married, in shape, eating well (or so I thought), but I couldn’t get pregnant. Little did I know that the next two years of frustration, stress, and exasperation would be the seeds that developed into today’s Nourish. Back then, in 1998, I was living in Rhode Island and working full-time at Providence Public Library as a Literacy Program Director teaching English as a second language. My co-workers used to get excited at lunchtime each day to see what new, interesting, unfamiliar, healthy thing I brought to eat. To me, it was just food.
I was young, an English teacher, aspiring to be the next bestselling American author with a wonderful and handsome husband in a new dental practice and I couldn’t get pregnant. AND, as fate had it, I worked in a library, AND I had some free time in my work schedule to wander through the stacks and do some research on what might be preventing me from getting pregnant. And so the new path was made.
What I learned from my hours of research was priceless. I discovered “alternative medicine” including Traditional Chinese Medicine, which encompassed herbal remedies and balancing the systems in the body. I learned about acupuncture and eating unprocessed, seasonal, whole foods. I learned about the mind/body connection. In practicing all that I learned, cleaning up my way of eating, “detoxing” and balancing my body, I finally found myself pregnant in late May of 2000. My son, Ty, was born in February of 2001, as was a new passion—to make him the healthiest baby I possibly could. I continued to study and learn, right through my second pregnancy that came easily. My daughter, Jamie, arrived in December 2002.
In 2005 we moved to New Jersey where I discovered the Holistic Moms Network and found my tribe of other women who ate new, interesting, unfamiliar, healthy foods. Soon after, I became the Monmouth County Chapter Leader. It was then that my passion for health and nutrition blossomed.
I was still teaching, holding adjunct positions at both Brookdale Community College and Monmouth University, but I was continually teaching myself about nutrition and healthy living. I often made lesson plans for my students with the theme of health and nutrition, merging my two passions.
In 2006, a new like-minded friend and fellow parent introduced me to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition whose catalog seemed to be custom written just for me. I enrolled the following year, met Wendy, and, well, the rest is on our timeline.
Nowadays, when I’m not at the office, I spend my free time playing tennis, reading, exercising, knitting, building my family tree, playing with my dog (June) and three cats (Pogie, Bunker, and Marlin) and, of course, spending time with my family.
Oh, and one last thing . . .I am a consultant for an incredibly progressive, socially conscious, and completely transparent body care company called Beautycounter who develops and sells highly effective skin care, body and hair products, and cosmetics that are safe for consumers. I am happy to be a part of this movement and I’m excited to see where it goes.