Reiki Master Teacher Graduate Certified in Wellness Coaching
Never a dull day since birth. My
life started with a bang when I was born during an intense snow storm in Bronx,
New York. Shortly after going home in my mother's arms, I had my first
throw-down with the "food" of today when bottle-fed formula and milk
- not being able to breathe, I turned into a blue, smurf baby! Fortunately, my
father resuscitated me with a turkey baster in time.
Needless to say I was born lactose intolerant, which never really bothered me.
Though it did keep me away from eating almost anything dairy growing up, I
could not resist enjoying our best local NY pizza and Carvel ice cream sundaes
any chance I could get. An upset stomach was no stranger to me anyways. Any
time I stressed out my best friend was the bathroom.
It wasn't until I decided to eat two slices of Tres Leches cake made by fellow
UNC-Charlotte undergrad students in one of my favorite Spanish classes that my
life almost came to a bittersweet end, yet again. What started as a minor allergic reaction quickly turned into a nightmare landing me in an emergency room with different doctors quizzically running in and out. My body broke out in hives, my lips and face were swelling faster than the skin could keep up with, my tongue was so big I could barely move it, and my throat tightened up to the point it was almost impossible to take a breath from a tiny hole the size of a straw between my lips. Many (temporary) medications and no official diagnoses later, I return to my everyday.
I never questioned the quality of my health, though. I was always athletic - whether playing one of many team sports I loved like softball, running solo or working out at the gym before commuting to work. Never really ate fast food, avoided fried food, and was always that girl on campus or in the work lunch room heating up home-cooked food. Health took on a whole new meaning after entering the corporate marketing world...
Going Natural in a Nutshell
Though I appreciated finding full-time jobs in marketing after getting my B.S.B.A. in Marketing and B.A. in Spanish at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2010, this was definitely not the field for me and really wasn't something I could see myself doing for another 3 years. Before I could make the transition between fields, though, things started to shift in my life - I got diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), partnered with the #1 natural nutrition company in the U.S. - Shaklee, began my Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition at American College of Healthcare Sciences**, created Blooming Balance Blog, broke my left foot, and was freed from my marketing position (all within a year). Throughout it all my drive to do what felt right and best in a holistic manner became more a part of me, I began dedicating weekly time to yoga, daily time to breathwork, practicing meditation and affirmations, and learning from other holistic practitioners in the area.
Food was the gateway for restoring real health within my body. Once I figured out how fouled we have been by the food system and so-called "foods" we eat, it was like having a blind fold taken off that I never even knew was there in the first place. At first, this was frustrating and I couldn't get enough information out of articles, documentaries, books, videos and anything I could get my hands on. Then my health journey took a detour that actually put me on the most purposeful life path of Spiritual Healing, and bringing love and light to others through Reiki!
Since beginning personal holistic lifestyle changes in 2012 to present, I have experienced the priceless transformations in: • Weight loss: 140+ lbs to less than 120 lbs • Medications: 3 - 5/day to ZERO • Feeling: Mentally fogged, uncomfortable, drained, and frustrated to mentally focused, healthy & fit, energized and looking younger than ever
My credentials to date: • Graduate Certificate: Wellness Coaching from ACHS • Certification: Usui Reiki Master Teacher • Certification: Esoteric Numerology •BSBA: Marketing from UNCC • BA: Spanish from UNCC
**American College of Healthcare Sciences is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. For more information about the DETC and our accreditation, please visit ACHS.edu.
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