In my 20’s I worked hard and played harder. This netted some unbelievable stories and some life-long friends, but also debilitating health problems. I had low energy, frequent infections that sometimes felt like they were taking over my whole body, and I was starting to feel the grip of depression.
I went from doctor to doctor to find a cure, but all I got was multiple rounds of body-ravaging antibiotics and a mental health referral – actually, I got a few of those.
I knew there had to be another answer. So I started seeking out other types of support: naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists, yoga instructors, meditation experts. They all had great suggestions, but I got very confused about the widely disparate approaches and was struggling to find the right approach for me. I tried various nutrition approaches, herbal remedies, and exercise routines but still felt like crap. I had crashed – I couldn’t work, I felt too ill to see friends, and had given up on all my personal and professional goals. I was exasperated, drained, and afraid.
Walking by a health food store in NYC one day, I found some information about the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), a unique program with curriculum including all the major dietary and self-care theories. I had nothing left to lose, and decided to give it a try. I began my journey with IIN in 2003 and from there, learned a few key things that have transformed my life
- There’s no single “best” way for any one person to eat, exercise, or thrive
- Everyone needs support to help them figure it out
- Primary Food (emotional well-being) is just as important as any food you’ll ever eat
I graduated IIN’s programs feeling like I had a completely new life: endless energy, a more flexible approach to eating, exercising, and feeling balanced emotionally, and a new passion for helping others find their way to radiant well-being.