I’m the Owner & Functional Nutritionist at The Good Repair.
I’m a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), holding certifications in Applied Kinesiology, and currently working my way through a Sports Nutrition certification with the ISSA (International Sports Sciences Association).
I help my clients improve their health in these areas:
injury recovery & prevention
As a former marathon runner and triathlete, I’ve experienced the many aches and pains that come from training, hammering out long distance events, and indulging in a poor diet along the way. No one told me how to eat to fuel myself. I incorporated what I knew from reading magazines, blogs, and any information I could find on the internet. Needless to say, it wasn’t the right information because it wasn’t working for me.
During all of my marathon training I also lost my period (which my doctors could not explain to me why), my marathon recovery times doubled, and I was fixated on low fat or no fat in all of my food choices. I used vegetable oil spray on EVERYTHING, I heated my EVOO, and I rarely ate any omega-3 fatty acids. I was truly fat-phobic at this point. I also thought I was doing everything right, but deep down inside my body was at a breaking point.
When I was in my early 30’s I decided to change that.
I sought out healthier nutrition practices for myself. I learned about the Paleo Diet from my now husband, and started incorporating the Paleo Diet principles into my life in 2012. It was not easy for me at first, and it didn’t happen overnight, but it has absolutely changed my life!
The Paleo Diet helped me to kick cravings and eliminate unnecessary sugar that was hiding in my diet. My energy levels increased while inflammation in my body from training decreased. I slept better and I could tell that my hormones were happy. Along with testing for food sensitivities, this way of eating clean, real whole foods created a vibrant, energetic, stronger version of me. And I know it can do the same for you!
But my health and healing journey didn’t just stop with the Paleo Diet.
In 2017 I started working with a health practitioner much like myself only to find out that I had mercury toxicity in my body. I had 5 amalgams (silver fillings) in my mouth that I have had since I was a young child. I never gave much thought to my amalgams because they had always just been there. However, after learning that they were causing my body harm (fatigue, brain fog, insulin resistance) I decided to go down the path of having them removed. In October 2017 I sought out a biological dentist for the removal, and in January 2018 I had oral surgery to have them removed. It was rough. I was stressed, my body was stressed, and I was praying to God that I was going to be ok.
I was under the care of a very experienced health practitioner for the mercury detox that was to come post surgery, but my body was still trying to fight. It was trying to protect me and save me from all of the stress I just went through. Needless to say I became extremely sad, depressed, and I isolated myself from many people. I didn’t want to be around my friends. I cried daily. I didn’t have the energy to do the things I loved. I was also exhausted all of the time. I was the classic text book version of what being hypo Thyroid would look like. I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin because I had gained 20lbs and all I wanted to do was lose it, but my body was NOT having it. It was in total survival mode.
For awhile everyday was a battle and a struggle, but I knew that I had to put in the work. I’m just that kind of person. I also knew that if I put in the work my body would listen. I was on a very long list of supplements for the next 18 months, and to be honest, it was a good thing that I had the Paleo Diet as my foundation the entire time. The fact that I ate such a clean diet before going into a heavy metal detox actually set me up to be successful in this situation. I didn’t have to experience sugar withdrawals, or crazy cravings from cutting out gluten or dairy because I already removed them from my diet over 6 years prior. Imagine if I ate a Standard American Diet, or was extremely low fat and ate crappy oils like I use to in my 20’s. My healing and recovery time from my heavy metal detox could potentially still be going on right now!
This is why I’m such a fan of the Paleo Diet. It’s a foundation. It’s a place to start, a place to stay, and a place to modify and work around as life changes. It has a place in every one of our lives, and if you follow me close enough I think you’ll see why.
I created The Good Repair as a way to use my personal and clinical experience to help you fine tune your nutrition needs in a healthy and holistic way that supports your performance and recovery (just like I did for myself!). Forget what you know about the food pyramid, because it doesn't even begin to address your bio-individual needs. Together we will get to the root cause of your health concerns and creating long lasting, healthy habits that support you, your training, your recovery, and your future.