I am the Renegade Nutritionist behind Shine.
What makes me a renegade, an unapologetic wellness warrior?
I have abandoned the world of fad diets and one size fits all dietary aproaches to health and now cheer loudly for bio-individuality.
I believe that bio-individuality is the key in finding what works for you, the individual. Together, we work to get to the root of your health and wellness issues and then work our way back up!
Working with me, my clients uncover their individual path to a healthy life full of energy. With me by your side you will learn that there is a big difference between surviving and truly thriving.
Shine started as an idea back in 2012 when I was training for my first Ironman. I was making a total health transformation and unbeknownst to me, my personal journey to 140.6 miles had sparked those around me to start making health changes of their own.
On one morning before I set out for my race, a dear friend gave me a card and some shiny good luck charms. One of the charms was a heart and it said "Let your light SHINE!"
The word SHINE stayed with me and it soon embodied my philosophy in life, not just in coaching and Shine Total Health, LLC was born.
That Spring I enrolled in health coaching school at IIN because I felt called to this path in life. At IIN I learned coaching methods, self care, and balancing primary with secondary foods. I was given so many amazing tools but it just was not enough for me. The idea of bioindividuality resonated with me and I went down the rabbit hole to learn all that I could about the physiology of disease, the pathology of chronic illness, and how we can modulate our health through nutrition as medicine.
That lead me to many specialized training courses in body systems, hormonal balancing, stress management, Food and Spirit, and finally culminating in my return to graduate school at the University of Western States where I graduated with distinction in September 2016 with my Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine.
I have applied for my Nutritionist license in Washington State and am an ITCA Certified Triathlon coach, NESTA certified PURSUIT fitness coach and am currently working on my Personal Training and Sports Yoga certificates.
In the words of Nichiren Daishonin from The Three Virtues of Food (c. 1287 A.D.)
"If one gives food to others, one will improve one’s own lot, just as, for example, if one lights a fire for others, one will brighten one’s own way."
My work with clients has only shown a brighter light on what in my own health can use work. I learn just as much from my clients about myself as they do about health and wellness from me.
I am not a dictator or your sheriff. I am not the police or a babysitter. And heaven knows that I am not perfec; I have my struggles as well. I am an educator, a coach, your partner in health who has an unbridled passion to help change the world, one shining thought at a time.