I am so passionate about working with women
with anxiety, mood problems and other health
problems because I have had my own personal
journey with anxiety, starting in my
mid-thirties. My anxiety was just awful and I
had feelings of doom for no reason, a pounding
heart in the middle of the night and at various
times during the day, excessive unfounded worry
and overwhelm, avoidance of social situations,
panic attacks (I had three in total and would
not wish one on my worst enemy) and one throat
constriction episode. I had hormone imbalances
and suffered from terrible PMS. I also
experienced adrenal burnout. Of course, I had
all the sugar cravings (I was a huge chocoholic)
that so often go with mood and hormonal
For me, it was due to stress and overwork, a
“healthy” diet but a vegetarian one. This was
combined with tendencies for blood sugar issues
and food intolerances. I also have a genetic
condition called pyroluria and have a greater
need for zinc and vitamin B6 than the average
person. I say “for me” because each person is
biochemically unique and will have unique needs
and different imbalances.
Using foods and specific nutrients, reducing
stress and balancing my hormones I am now
completely anxiety-free (and free of sugar
cravings) but I had to figure it out myself, the
hard way. I left my computer job and went back
to school to study nutrition and have studied
with best in the field of nutritional and mental
health. Now I have the best job in the world –
helping women get the answers they need so they
don’t have to resort to medications – and so
they can feel on top of the world, look
incredible and be super-healthy.
I have a thriving practice in Northern California and work primarily with women (and a few men too) all over the world – doing individual consultations, live workshops and teleseminars. I also educate other
holistic practitioners. I am thrilled to be sharing
my passion about natural solutions for anxiety in
my first book - The Antianxiety Food Solution:
How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious
Mind, Improve Your Mood & End Cravings. It will be
published by New Harbinger in 2011. You can learn
A few years ago I spent two years working
with nutritional psychologist Julia Ross, MA,
(author of The Mood Cure) at Recovery Systems in
Mill Valley, California. The clinic specializes
in mood disorders (anxiety, depression, bipolar,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia, pyroluria), eating disorders (obesity,
compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia) and
addiction recovery (carbohydrates, drugs,
alcohol, behaviors). I was part of a holistic
team, comprising psychotherapists,
nutritionists, and a physician.
I am a passionate researcher and writer, with
articles published in various newspapers and
magazines. I assisted Julie Matthews, NC, with
research for her book Nourishing Hope: Nutrition
Intervention for Autism.
I am immediate past President of the board of directors of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and now serve as Special Advisor to the board of directors and am chair of the legislative committee. I am also a member of the Alliance for Addiction Solutions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting effective nutritional and other natural methods for the treatment of all addictive disorders. I am a member of The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, a national non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness and improving the diagnosis, treatment and cure of anxiety disorders through education and research.
I am also a member of The National Alliance on Mental Illness/NAMI and
Holistic Mom’s Network. I support the
Weston A. Price Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. I am also an active member of Toastmasters International.
I completed my CN (Certified Nutritionist) program through American Health Sciences University and keep up to date with the latest nutritional information by attending numerous conferences each year. I also hold a Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems.
I’d also love to tell you about the women who
My mom was my first inspiration and she
continues to inspire me – we ate real food
growing up, hardly ever visited the doctor
and she taught us not to rely on drugs. She
was a brilliant entrepeneur and has always
been and still is, an amazingly caring and
Adelle Davis was a nutrition pioneer in
the 1940s and 1950s and I discovered her
wonderful books in the 1980s. So much of
what she wrote about then, still makes so
much sense today.
Ruth Adele, ND, my doctor in the 1990s,
encouraged me to pursue my passion for
natural health and become a nutritionist. I
was over 29 and was working with her because
I was starting to experience hormonal
changes, sleep problems and my work stress
in corporate America was huge!
Ellyn Hilliard, PhD, has such a passion
for holistic health, nutrition and cancer.
During my nutritionist internship, Ellyn was
so generous with her time and I learned so
much from her. She now has a health retreat
in Colorado called
Twelve Ways Healing Center.
Julie Matthews, NC, and her work in the autism community is incredible. Working as her research assistant on her wonderful book Nourishing Hope (Nutrition Intervention for Autism) was a true honor.
Nourishing Hope for Autism has a wealth of information.
I am also so inspired by the work of Julia Ross, nutritional psychologist. She is a pioneer in the use of amino acids for mental health, eating disorders and addiction recovery. I was so fortunate to have worked with her for 2 years at the
I am inspired by all the nutrition
professionals and holistic health
practitioners who are working to teach
people that they can have optimal health and
feel great always.
- Finally, I am inspired by all my clients
- all that I learn from working with them,
their courage, their perseverance and their
commitment to their health and the health of
And finally introduce my wonderful husband...and our love of the outdoors...
I’m married to an amazing man, Brad, who I met rock-climbing. We spent 12 years rock-climbing,
travelling and exploring the world. We love the outdoors and adventure. These are a few
of our favorite places: the Drakensberg mountains, Umhlanga Rocks, Cape Town and the Cederberg
in South Africa; Mt Kenya and Fisherman’s Camp in Kenya; Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; Sydney and
Ayers Rock in Australia; Orpierre and Verdon Gorge in the south of France; Santorini in Greece;
the Lake District in the UK; and Yosemite, Maui, Lake Tahoe and the Colorado Rockies in the USA.
These days, in the summer, you’ll find us windsurfing, hiking or mountain biking in the foothills
and mountains of Northern California. In the winter you’ll find Brad snowboarding and me telemark skiing.
Health and happiness,
Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist
B. Social Science (Psychology)
Special Advisor to the board of Directors of National Association of Nutrition Professionals (www.nanp.org)
I can help you end your cravings forever, no willpower required.
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