My Story


Have you ever noticed how your biggest challenges become your biggest teachers?

As a pre-teen I was obsessed with images churned out in fashion magazines and puzzled that no one looked like me. In a world before Beyonce, as the only "black" girl I felt isolated. After reading Diet for a Small Planet at 11, I decided to become a vegetarian. I sensed, and all the other kids knew then that I was quite a bit different. In the tiny upstate NY town where I grew up, other kids hosted pepperoni pizza parties; I planned a local chapter of Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. I never quite fit in. In an attempt to help, I was put on a pharmaceutical course to destruction as doctors attempted to treat seasonal depression with hormonal mood swings. The side effects of the medication caused depression; depression medication made me lose my appetite; appetite loss made me anxious; anxiety feed insomnia ... so the story went. You get the picture: as the list of connecting dis-order grew, the number of pill bottles increased. And this was all by the ripe old age of 13.

I tried to eat away my feelings away the more unhappy I became. Things spiraled out of control with a 65 pound weight gain in less than a year & I became even more lethargic, disconnected and suicidal. My penchant for studying weight loss techniques quickly turned into disordered eating. As an overachiever with perfect grades, I could not stand to see my own reflection in the mirror. I vowed to diet for senior pictures and lost over half of my bodyweight in six months. Needless to say I was suffering. The pills, doctors, and treatments had to go.

Dangerously thin and filled with self-loathing I entered my first year of college. I was a prisoner in my own body. There I was introduced to an amazing Food Chemistry class. As I began to study the science of nutrition and how it effects the human body I began to understand my history of being over-medicated, malnourished and underfed.  

Enter a path of self-inquiry.

I knew I wanted to get off my depression medication but I did not know how. Serendipitously a friend gave me a book on yogic philosophy, nutrition, and the physical practice. With a one-page diagram and no teacher, I began to put my body in the shape of the pictures on the page. 

I yearned to be able to sit in meditation like the text suggested, however I could not stand the sound of my own thoughts.

I learned to go back to the movement because that is all I could manage. 

I began to develop more patience to move through the hard edges of my life and breathe into the unknowns. 

I began to find peace. 

I followed the practice everyday for a year as if my life depended on it, because it did.

Enter another decade of sorting out digestive issues, constipation, GERD, IBS and multiple belly complications from years of self-destruction. Working my way off pharmaceuticals permanently, therapeutic yoga and nutrition now take the place of the pain I once could not imagine a day without. My body, once my test site, has now become my temple. Now nearly two decades of studying yoga and food as medicine, I support clients who yearn to empower themselves to create a full spectrum personal practice to feed your mind, body and spirit. 

Let’s talk! Believe me... I’ve been there.

I am an expert in emotional eating. I help you break free from unconscious patterns around food.  I specialize in releasing the shackles of struggling with food and support you in stepping into your power, freedom and pleasure!

I received my certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. I am also a certified yoga instructor with my 500 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Tree SF.  With my knowledge, we co-create completely personalized actions based on your goals to move you toward your ideal vision of health within your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources. As a coach, I put the power back in YOUR hands.  

Learn more about my training and my unique approach to health coaching.

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