“Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer.”
“Once melanoma spreads to the lymph nodes, the 5-year survival rate is 63%.”
“Melanoma can grow very quickly. It can become life-threatening in as little as six weeks and, if left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body.”
“The average age of people when it is diagnosed is 65.”
The only words continually flashing in my brain as I scrolled were “cancer” and “What the fuck!”. Having no knowledge of a history of melanoma in my family, I suddenly felt like my body was under attack and I was all alone.
But, as I’ve come to find, obstacles are thrown our way to force us onto new paths. And this was a very big sign that something, or perhaps everything, needed to change.
Thus, the soul searching began. At the time, I was working in the fast-paced media industry as an Entertainment reporter and unhealthily identified myself – the entire core of my being and purpose – as an actress. I was playing the toxic, stressful and unfulfilling Hollywood game (some love it and are meant for it and I commend them for that! It just wasn’t right for me). I was spending my energy and money on becoming skinnier, “improving” my hair with extensions and dyes, changing my skin tone with chemical spray tans, and combatting feelings of being unwanted, untalented, and undeserving. My relationship (with my now-husband) was crumbling, my sense-of-self was lost, and now, my health – and life – was in jeopardy.
I needed to do something and I needed to do it fast. I buried myself in self-healing and self-development podcasts. I listened to life lessons from Sheryl Sandberg, cried to episodes of Super Soul Sunday, found inspiration in entrepreneurial interviews hosted on Almost 30, and became obsessed with everything pertaining to health – mind, body and soul. Then one day, as I once again lost myself to the voices (of Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Terry Wahls, to be exact) being broadcast through my headphones, it dawned on me. I needed to understand the body. Not only understand it but know how to heal it and empower optimal health using natural modalities to cultivate a longer, livelier life for myself, my loved ones and strangers whom I was destined to meet.
So, I did something just that. I enrolled in a 2-year program at the Nutrition Therapy Institute, where I studied anatomy and physiology, biochemical foundations of nutrition, digestion and detoxification, weight management and life cycles, healthy aging nutrition, and pathophysiology. I launched The Clean Body Podcast and the overarching Clean Body Project, which is where you find yourself now. And I plan to pursue a certificate of achievement in Cancer Biology from U.C. Berkeley and became a certified and specialized Cancer Coach from the Institute of Transformational Nutrition, as well as launch a secondary podcast Gut Feelings, as well as educational courses and one-on-one coaching services soon.
I found my passion, but it required I take a long, lonely walk down a dark rabbit hole for some time. Now, I spend my days helping others find their way back to health so that they can discover, pursue or continue to thrive through their own personal passions with the best quality of life possible, for as long as this mysterious universe will allow.
Whether you’re here because you want to improve gut health, you received a cancer diagnosis and are looking for a holistic nutritionist to help with alternative treatments and one-on-one coaching, or just want to learn more about preventative care, I am here for wherever you are in your journey and honored you’d consider letting me walk with you.
You don’t have to do it alone.
And with the right support and team around you, you don’t have to be scared.
I hope to hear from you and learn about your story very soon.
Life – growing, learning, evolving and thriving – is not a linear process. From the moment we’re born, we’re told there is one path to success (and until recently, it seemed like there was only one acceptable definition of “success”). We’re expected to walk and talk by one, follow short instructions by three, enter kindergarten at five (or six, depending on where you live), get good grades, graduate high school, go to college, get a job, tie the knot, buy a house, have kids, save money, spoil grandkids, retire, and, hopefully later in life, die. Rinse and repeat.
But life, in my opinion, is anything but linear. It constantly zigs and zags. Every experience and decision made – or not made – directs us down specific path full of lessons, challenges, triumphs and questions.
It's a beautiful journey, but can be excruciatingly hard and wrought with confusion, fear, heartbreak and uncertainty, too.
Perhaps that’s where the saying, “It takes a village” truly comes from. It’s doesn’t just refer to raising children. It refers to raising ourselves. We need to lean on one another as we go through the various evolutions of finding, losing, searching, and finding ourselves again and again.
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Legal Note: I am not a registered dietician or licensed medical or naturopathic doctor. The information and expertise I provide is based off of my holistic nutrition education and certification as a Nutrition Therapist Master, and should be taken as such.