I am a naturopath and certified nutritional consultant.  My educational background includes a Doctor of Naturopathy degree, Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.), and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management.  I have many hobbies including cooking, gardening, and photography.  I have earned a certificate in cooking techniques from the local culinary center.   I love reading and read an average  of one book per week.  Topics usual include nutrition, health, simplicity, gardening, finance, business, history, and the occasional fiction for fun. I will continue to learn and read until I no longer exist on this planet.
I started this blog because I am passionate about natural and holistic health and wanted my clients to have a place to go for health information (saves on paper and trees) and health news. My blog is, however, open to anyone to read.

Naturopathy is the study of natural health.  Naturopaths were around long before conventional doctors of today. Those trained in this field use nutrition including supplements (herbs, vitamins, minerals, homeopathy, flower essences, and aromatherapy), water, movement, air, and rest to help an individual improve their health.  These are called classical traditional naturopaths, classical naturopaths, or traditional naturopaths because they do NOT diagnose, prescribe drugs or perform surgery.  Another type of naturopath is a N.M.D. (Naturopathic Medical Doctors).  N.M.D.s have a conventional medical training with emphasis in naturopathy, that is they combine allopathic with naturopathic methods.  N.M.D.s diagnose, prescribe drugs and perform surgery.   If a naturopath has the designation ND after their name for naturopathic doctor, you should ask them if they are a traditional naturopath or a medical doctor if not stated anywhere.  I am a traditional naturopath, therefore, I do not diagnose, prescribe drugs, or perform surgery.  My course work included naturopathy, biology, anatomy and physiology, homeopathy, herbology, nutrition (several courses), physical movement, women's health issues, cancer prevention, alternative approaches to arthritis, holistic animal care, and detoxification.  I educate clients in improving their health through natural and holistic methods.

I am very passionate about fitness and helping people adopt a healthy lifestyle.
My love for fitness started when I was in junior high school. My mentors were my physical education teachers. Through high school, I admired them and thrived from their encouragement. To this day, I believe I am a better person because of them. I wanted to do for others what they had done for me and my dream to teach fitness has been a strong one all my life. I am also very passionate about cooking and baking and have to say that comes from my parents. I was always in the kitchen with my Mom cooking something up. Cooking and baking are very therapeutic for me and a fabulous escape into creating something wonderful. I'm happy to share this passion every month as a feature writer for Natural Muscle Magazine where my monthly recipe submissions are shared all around the world.

Fast forward to now ... or should I rewind a bit more
Because my life and journey have molded me into who I am today, I will share a bit more. It's always hard to know just how deep to go in an about me page. Well, readers digest, I was married at 18 (yikes) and for 22-years struggled in an unhealthy relationship. I learned many positive things during such a difficult time and have 2 beautiful children. Life has a way of giving quite the education about boundaries, self-worth, love, and health.  Also, an understanding of what is healthy and what is not, and what is good for me and what is not. I look back on the journey and say thank you. I would not be where I am today without growing through such hurt and pain. Difficult times brought positive growth returning to college and completing my AS Biological and Natural Life Science degrees. I also graduated from massage therapy school as a certified massage practitioner specializing in sports technique and deep tissue. I have been an internationally certified personal fitness trainer for over 25 years. Continuing education is an ongoing process in my expert field of personal training and bodywork. I believe knowledge is power and I'm a fabulous work in progress every day.

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