Who am I?
Short answer: a marathon-running, CrossFit-loving, gardening, Registered Dietitian who loves to help people get back to basics and eat real food.
Long answer: I love promoting a healthy lifestyle. This is why…
I have worked in a health food store for over half my life. For over 15 years, I have watched people in my community walk into a store looking for answers about their health. In the beginning, I thought it was great that so many people knew what was healthy, but then I realized that only some of them did—actually, very few. MOST people walking through the doors were looking for answers. Maybe they or a family member had recently been diagnosed with something, or they were concerned about their family’s diet and wanted to make it more nutritious. Either way, people from my community were gathering in one place to get healthier. What an amazing opportunity!
I started learning more. The owners were constantly questioning my then-vegetarian status and pushing me to do more research. They talked about things I hadn’t really heard much about…like eating lots of “good fat,” staying away from sugar, and focusing more on whole, real foods. They had me hooked. One day, I was helping a customer in the store (where we carry lots of vitamins and other supplements) who was explaining to me that he had been experiencing high blood sugar levels. I started asking him what he was typically eating (looking for sources of excess carbohydrates and sugars) when the owner politely interrupted me. She told me that I was not allowed to assess someone’s nutritional status (in the state of Ohio) and make recommendations. She explained that the only person who could do this was a Registered Dietitian.
Okay, then that’s what I’ll be.
But before I do that, I’m going to live in Japan for a while.
Yes, I went to live in Japan. I found a job on an organic rice paddy by the name of Brown’s Field Farm in Chiba, Japan. The mother of the family was a macrobiotic chef and really started to teach me the basics of farm-to-table eating. I was able to walk over coals (at a Buddhist ceremony), learn about growing food, embrace another culture, and travel from the northern region to the southern using the train system.
Here’s a picture of the coal-walking ceremony:
And my biggest accomplishment on the rice paddy was completely revamping the compost system. So. Much. Work.
Pretty nice, if you ask me.
And here’s the lady of the house, Deco, showing me what farm to table really means.
When I went back to the United States, I was on a mission. I went back to work at the health food store and decided I needed to be able to help people. SO many people were looking for nutrition guidance and there was no one to give it to them.
Graduate from Eastern Michigan University in Human Nutrition—check.
Take Registered Dietitian Exam—check.
Complete Mentorship Program for Integrative and Functional Medicine—check.
At some point in between these life events, I realized how CRITICAL physical activity was. I starting running and eventually ran a few marathons. I even qualified for Boston with the help of my other love, CrossFit.
This is my most recent dead lift.
Just kidding. But people at my gym, Black Swamp CrossFit, do lift things like this.
I also got married, found an amazing rescue dog (a crazy German Shorthaired Pointer) and had a beautiful baby boy—all while living on an amazing piece of land.
So what am I doing now? This.
I’m still working at the health food store. I LOVE my job. I get to talk to people almost every minute I’m there that WANT to make changes and make their lives better by improving their health. One of my favorite things is that I get to teach free classes there. I’m a firm believer in educating your patients, customers, etc. Education is key.
I’m also a Certified 21-Day Sugar Detox Coach. What the heck is this? This means I can get sugar out of people’s lives and help them realize how much better they feel without it. I host groups in-person and online! I LOVE this, too.
Basically, I love what I do. It’s that simple. I love talking to people and helping them figure out how they can be healthier, how they can eat more nutrient-dense foods, and get the crap/garbage/junk out of their lives. So stop into Bassett’s Health Foods (3344 Secor Rd., Toledo, Ohio) if you’re in the area, OR contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in help or joining a sugar detox group.
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Now go eat those delicious pastured eggs, take that cod liver oil, and drink some water!.