Born in 1961, squarely in the Baby Boom, I was raised in the era of the Standard American Diet – canned, processed and refined foods. When young, one of my favorite breakfasts was Captain Crunch cereal with chocolate milk. After my sister went away to college, she started sharing strange nutritional ideas with my family such as eating whole wheat bread. My second year of college I discovered the book, Sugar Blues, written by by William Dufty. From it, I learned of the dangers of my high sugar diet (for example the occasional half-gallon of Koolaid) such as increased risk for diabetes. So began my personal quest towards nurturing good health. Around that time I also began running, an activity I continue to this day, some 33 years later.
As I established and maintained a career as a professional musician – I am presently in my 21st season as a violinist with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra— it became increasingly clear that nutrition and lifestyle such as exercise and adequate sleep, plays an essential role at sustaining maximum performance on the job. Toward that end, in the mid 1990s, I started consuming products from a nutritional supplement company recently relaunched as New Earth, with which I am a distributor. In 2003(?), wanting to be more productive, I sought out counseling from an expert in digestive wellness, and took part in my first cellular cleansing.
My desire for further knowledge to boost my own energy toward pursuing my goals led me to earn a certification as a holistic health counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, in 2013. I share my current personal focus on my Nutritional Ideas and Offerings page.