I have experienced first-hand the dramatic, positive changes nutrition alone can have on your health. Shortly after giving birth to my daughter almost seven years ago, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis which caused debilitating joint pain and fatigue. As a new Mom, a working professional and an athlete, the thought of progressive disability was terrifying. After researching both Eastern- and Western-based therapy options, I opted to try an anti-inflammatory diet – eliminating all food sensitivities and adopting clean diet principles. Within a week, not only did my joint pain and fatigue virtually disappear, but the swelling in my knuckles was reduced enough that I was finally able to get my wedding ring back on.
Ironically, I was well-versed in nutrition prior to my diagnosis. I have a B.S. in Nutritional Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Masters in Public Health from UCLA, with a concentration in Public Health Nutrition. I have practiced as a registered dietitian (R.D) through the American Dietetic Association (now the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics) in critical, acute and outpatient care settings. However, after discovering conventional nutrition therapies would not provide me a way out of the life destined to long-term pharmaceutical use (and negative side-effects), I researched and pursued an education on more progressive nutrition principals. On that journey, I left a career of management roles in research and marketing in the medical device industry and founded Clean Cravings, a natural food company offering a product line of anti-inflammatory and organic foods, providing me with a unique insight on the natural food industry. I also returned to private nutrition consulting in the office of a holistically focused M.D. I am now a foundational member of the Bioindividual Nutrition Institute focused on the most progressive, evidence-based, and advanced therapeutic diets.
I am currently keeping my hand in the health care industry, bringing specialty feeding devices to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and raising awareness around increasing the use of human milk to achieve better long-term health outcomes for premature infants. How much “cleaner” of a diet could you ask for? And who more deserving?