Why I Do What I Do

Why do I love helping people create changes in their eating habits?

There is a great quote by Pearl Buck that sums it all up: “The secret of joy in work is contained in one word: excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.” And boy, do I enjoy it! Nutrition is my passion and I get excited every day that I have made a difference in someone’s life.

When I counsel someone, my ultimate is to help her no longer need me anymore. I want to educate and empower each individual so she learns about what foods and supplements make her feel best. My goal is to find that sweet spot of feeling energized, physically satiated, and emotionally satisfied. That is no easy task, but once the groundwork is done and the foundation is set, then it becomes easier to build upon that foundation.

So for example, if a woman comes to me wanting to lean out but is feeling fatigued, having cravings, and wicked PMS, I make sure she’s getting enough fresh produce, quality proteins and fats, and finds her own unique carbohydrate tolerance. Within 3 days of doing this, she can start to see a shift in her body and cravings falling by the wayside. Within a week, energy levels start to become consistent. During the premenstrual phase, we may kick up the protein a notch to support adrenal function, fight bloat and fatigue, and obliterate cravings. And within 1-2 full menstrual cycles, there is a noticeable reduction in PMS. I also will look at her imbalances and add in some foundational supplements like digestive enzymes, probiotics, vitamin D3, magnesium, and omega-3s. And I will make sure that her sleep is fabulous and her physical activity is on par, too.

Why do I love writing books?

I have always had a burning desire to have an impact at a public health level. Although individual counseling is deeply gratifying for me, I recognize the need to reach far more people if I’m going to make a real difference in the world. I need to help people make the connection between food and health, mood, brain biochemistry, hormonal balance, body fat, fertility, exposure to toxins, and about a thousand other things that food can do for us. So books are a fantastic tool that enable me to reach a huge amount of people in a short period of time.

I also recognize the need to for cost-effective accessibility to this information, and books are a very affordable way to have many consultations with me for a much lower price point. And I’ve tried to make it as easy as I can for the reader to personally tailor the advice in my books to herself. Lastly, books are a beautiful way to create a supportive community and connect with like-minded people. My mission is to be able to tell 1,000 stories of women who have changed their lives on my Paleo Chic plan by December 31, 2014; that is the one-year publication anniversary.

Why do I love to walk the walk when it comes to eating clean?

Maybe it’s the science nerd in me, but I think eating clean is incredibly sexy! It’s something I’ve always envisioned myself doing, and I like to think that I improve on it every year as I age.

Eating clean is very grounding for me. Putting live, whole foods in my body—especially when they are locally sourced—helps me feel connected to the earth and the community around me. I feel so good about supporting local farmers who do such a beautiful job at tending the earth. I am grateful to the farms that provide great kindness and care to the animals they raise so that we can enjoy pastured meats. Eating such amazing foods is a privilege and a gift and is one of the greatest things that life has to offer. And of course, it enables me to help my clients as well.

Our family table is a source of joy and lively discussions. It’s a place where we all come together and talk about plans for the day or how our day went. It’s a place of abundance and gratitude and the simple pleasure of sharing a meal. It doesn’t get more authentic than that.

Why do other people’s success stories make me feel so good?

Helping people all over the world is both an honor and a privilege. To know that someone has walked into a bookstore or surfed on Amazon and decided to buy my book—and then goes and posts a review on Amazon—feels absolutely incredible. It is probably the best compliment anyone can give to me.

So seeing someone completely transform her life and physique takes things to the next level. It means I’ve lit the motivational spark to create change. It means I’ve done my job.

It fills my heart to know that I’ve helped someone live a better life. When one woman transforms herself, other women always say, “You look amazing!” And then follow the compliment with the question “How did you do it??” This ultimately creates a ripple effect and helps light the spark: first in our families, then in our communities, and then ultimately out to the world. If everyone gets involved, change happens. Look at the whole gluten-free movement; that would have never become such a thing if so many people had not jumped on board!