My nutrition journey started when I was 18 years old when I was told I have extremely high cholesterol and needed to start watching what I was eating. Although I wasn’t over weight, the high cholesterol was genetic, but something I could control with my diet since I was so young. At the time I lived off of chicken fingers, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and pretzels. I was a very picky eater and the only vegetable I would ever go near was a carrot.
After being told my cholesterol was almost 300, I decided to start reading up on low cholesterol diets to see how I could lower my cholesterol. I decided to go full vegan where I was forced to eat vegetables I wouldn’t even go near in the past. Becoming a vegan and dealing with high cholesterol at such a young age opened up my eyes to a whole new healthier lifestyle.
During this process of changing my eating habits, I was entering college where I decided to take a level one Nutrition course to see if maybe this was the path that I was going to want to follow. I immediately drew a great interest in my nutrition course and decided at that moment to declare my major and I never looked back.
Growing up I wasn’t the most athletic or even a coordinated kid. I tried out just about every sport until my parents realized sports just weren’t going to be my thing. I did do gymnastics, but it was more of just a social hour for me and because my big sister did it.
I was eventually convinced in high school to give pole vaulting a try since I had gymnastics experience and some upper body strength. This was the true beginning of my passion for fitness. My pole vaulting coach saw my potential and took me under his wing. He had me in the weight room bench pressing 95#, training me throughout the season, which lead to me setting the indoor school record my junior year.
Unfortunately I couldn’t follow my passion for pole vaulting in college and was forced to find a new way to lift weights and exercise. I started studying bodybuilding and different forms of exercise. I studied to become a personal trainer and obtained my NASM certification in 2012. Through the course of studying different training modalities I came to find CrossFit.
I immediately fell in love with CrossFit because it was something I was good at, it was almost as if I was born to lift heavy weights. In just a few months of starting CrossFit I was squatting 200#. I started to set goals for myself, one of them being to make it to the games. This has been and is still a major goal of mine.
After a year into CrossFit I decided I wanted to share my passion with others and begin coaching. I obtained my CrossFit Level 1 in 2014 and started coaching at a gym near my college soon after. Through coaching over the past two years my passion for wanting to help others live a healthier lifestyle has grown tremendously.
Through both CrossFit coaching and Nutrition coaching I am able to spread my love for living a healthy lifestyle. I love helping others set goals for themselves to follow down a path to a healthier lifestyle.
- Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Dietetics
- Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner
- NASM Personal Training
- CrossFit Level 1
- CrossFit Gymnastics Cert.