Living healthy was instilled in me at an early age by my grandmother. I will never forget it, and to this day I still remember her standing in her over 100 year old Victorian home kitchen with her juicer and all the ready washed veggies to juice. My grandmother was such a positive role model for my sister and I. Despite all the hardships she had been through she never complained, made a negative comment about anything and always had a beautiful warm and loving smile on her face.
Because of my love of science I really grew to love everything that entails healthy living. I became a Medical Laboratory Technologist for Public Health, received my Bachelor of Science Degree, became a Nutritional Therapist, Wellness Advocate, Reiki Practitioner and study naturopathy.
My grandmother would put all the veggies through the juicer, and I mean ALL of them! Carrots, lettuce, broccoli, cucumbers, beats, tomatoe's, brussel sprouts, whatever she had went in. "Hurry up and drink it before all the vitamins jump out!" she would tell my sister and I, and we would do it no matter how bad it tasted. I was 9 years old at the time and my sister was 5. It made us think about what we put in our bodies, what is even in food and how important it is to eat healthy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not perfect and still eat things I shouldn't at times but in moderation and most times I try to nourish my body with food instead of just eating for fun. Our bodies make new cells from the food we eat, do you want quality or garbage? It is a true statement that we are what we eat, literally.
That was the beginning of my health journey, that day with my sister and grandmother. I had always been active in sports, baseball, soccer, volleyball, long distance running, cheerleading. It had always felt good to exercise and move my body so I never really stopped. I completed my first fitness competition in the OPA in March of 2016 (2 Kids later, I never thought I would ever do this after becoming a mother!). I truly believe that if you teach your children at a young age the importance of a healthy lifestyle it will just be second nature to them and they will just naturally live that way. It just feels too good to eat healthfully and have an active lifestyle to be any other way once you've lived it, I can't imagine it any other way. Its never too late to begin :-).