Having grown up with a German grandmother who taught me the love of cooking with a few simple ingredients, I grew passionate about food from a young age. To me, cooking was like a endless science experiment where you get to play with unique ingredients and make people's senses come to life.
Although German food wasn't quite my fortay growing up, I started to formulate my own sense of diet and eating that I deemed ideal for my lifestyle without any guidance from a professional. Like most girls my age during high school, I started to become obsessed with dieting and what I looked like physically. I turned from a place of self-love to a place of self-harm and wound up suffering from multiple eating disorders for years to come.
It wasn't until 2009 for my graduation present that I took the experience of a lifetime to Maui on a Kindred Spirit retreat. An entire week surrounded by others to learn about self-love, self-care and never being afraid to ask for help. This week set in magical paradise was also my first wake-up call to the power of plant medicine for healing. I can honestly say that this experience was not only my wake-up call but also my calling in life.
I wanted to figure out how I could make people feel so alive from the inside out as much as I did that week and knew it wasn't just in the raw vegan food. That following year, I made it clear that my college experience would be focused on health and healing. In 2015 I graduated from Portland State University with a BS in Public Health with a concentration on community health education. I decided that the stress of medical school would not serve me at that time in my life and instead decided to attend the school of Integrative Nutrition to become a holistic health coach.
Over the years I started to pick up wellness tools that would help me along the way such as a certification in yoga and reiki, solo traveling, cannabis for health and what it really means to live your truth. Each person's experience and past is a colorful one but I know that without everything that has happened, it wouldn't bring us to where we are today.