Then one day, I'd had enough. I asked myself, "If I don't act today, when will I?" I became a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, because I needed to know: What would the healthiest, happiest version of my life look like? What would it feel like? If you're here, chances are, you are wondering the same thing about your own health and happiness!
Today, as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, I know health, wellness, and happiness work synergistically — small, daily decisions can create a balanced, healthy, happy lifestyle. Here, you'll find a curated collection of resources and a blog with recipes and inspiration to empower and equip you to pursue your own health and happiness, wholeheartedly and in your own, one-of-a-kind way.
I'm Kelly, I'm a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, and I'm so glad you're here.
Let me begin by saying, I know how overwhelming seeking health and happiness can be. When I was 17 years old, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which caused me to gain weight easily and to experience painful cystic acne for years. Fast forward to age 30, when I learned I was allergic to everything — plants, animals — you name it, it made me sneeze all year round!
I know what it feels like to accept feeling poorly as your new normal — whether you're anxious about your overall wellbeing, or you're unsure of which daily decisions will help you feel healthy and balanced — or in my case, which foods won't cause you to break out in hives! (True story!)
Today, my symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) are at bay, I still follow a whole food, plant-based vegan diet, and I've even become a stronger runner. In 2021, I'll be running my very first 10K in Chicago.
I now know: Every one of us is a work in progress. All we can do is consider each day a fresh start — an opportunity to care for our bodies and minds — and to give ourselves grace along the way.
I know prioritizing health, happiness, and wellness isn't always easy, which is why, here, I've excitedly curated resources and a blog to encourage you, to empower you, and equip you to pursue your health, wellness, and happiness in your own one-of-a-kind way — to create your own version of health, wellness, and happiness.
In 2019, I set a New Year's resolution to run a 5K. I wanted to pursue wellness not only through healthy recipes but also through an exercise plan I was excited to conquer.
I trained and trained for my 5K, but what really motivated me was seeing The Game Changers — a documentary about record-breaking plant-based athletes.
By the end of 2019, I ran four 5Ks — three in Wisconsin and one at Walt Disney World. Each 5K challenged me in its own way and sparked in me a passion for becoming a better, stronger runner.
In 2018, I had an allergy skin test completed by my doctor, and I learned I was, and am, allergic to just about everything. With every allergy comes a unique sensitivity to fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts in the form of hives — and because I follow a plant-based diet, I was so discouraged.
My discouragement eventually became motivation, and I decided to become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist through AFPA, to learn how to pursue my health and wellness in an even more well-rounded way.
Years later, my journey with health and wellness seemed to ebb and flow; whenever my schedule was busy, I would let my health and wellness fall to the wayside. Whenever my schedule was more open, I would finally prioritize my health and wellness once again. (Maybe you can relate, too!)
In 2014, I became a small business owner. For years, I gave all of myself to our small business — leaving my health, wellness, and happiness in last place. I felt a constant tugging on my heart, telling me I needed to put my health first.
Finally, I decided to pursue a whole food, plant-based, vegan diet. I felt called to finally see through all the principles I had learned in Eat for Health — and to align my food choices with my personal values. Since committing to a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains — my cystic acne has cleared, and I've been able to keep the many symptoms of PCOS at bay, without any medication. Best of all, I've experienced less anxiety, I have more energy, and I feel more in tune with my own body. These personal experiences were so encouraging and deepened my desire to keep learning about health and wellness.
In 2010, I participated in the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World. I was off on my own for the very first time. In other words, I no longer had my university cafeteria to rely on — and I needed to grocery shop for myself.
A combination of my husband's encouragement and my own heart said: You need to take control of your health and your happiness; if you don't take ownership of your health and happiness no one else will.
With a bit of research, I excitedly ordered the books Eat for Health: Book 1 and Book 2. These books forever changed my perception of food, health, and wellness — and I began what would be a slow, meandering wellness journey.
Every day, I experienced a tug-of-war between what I wanted to eat — the sugar-filled foods I craved so much — and what I knew I should be eating.
I was burdened by my low energy levels, overwhelmed by my severe cystic acne, and crushed with stress and anxiety. But for me, food was dependable; I could always count on my favorite foods, every day.
At age 20, I met my husband-to-be who had, and still has, a contagious passion for health, wellness, and experiencing life joyfully and wholeheartedly. He shared with me how a whole food, plant-based diet can promote overall health and aid in disease prevention — and his hope was for us to live past 100 years old together. He lovingly and patiently helped me see how healthy choices are within our control, and I was ready to begin a new chapter in my health and wellness story.
Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
As I look backward and connect the dots of my own life, I truly believe I was called to wholeheartedly pursue health and wellness — and to provide resources and education to empower and equip people to do the same.
When I was 17 years old, I experienced rapid weight gain, severe cystic acne, and a craving for sweets I simply couldn't manage. I had gained 30 pounds within a 3 month period — and knew something wasn't quite right. Soon, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder 1 in 10 women are diagnosed with. Women with PCOS experience a variety of symptoms, weight gain and cystic acne included.
I once believed Brussels sprouts smelled like #2... but now, they're my favorite food on the planet! (Lightly coat with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and crushed black pepper, and roast in the oven for 35 minutes at 425°F!)
I love the outdoors in general, but there is something so special about planting a garden and watching it grow. Right now, we're growing lettuce and kale, and we have two pear trees and one apple tree!
Traveling is something I really love and value doing. When I'm traveling, I love learning about culture, having new experiences, biking, hiking, and becoming immersed in a new place.
I want to know that I did my part to encourage and equip people to pursue their health and wellness — while sharing how a vegan, plant-based diet helps our health, animals, and our planet.
Prague, Czech Republic
The farmer's market!
Iced coffee, year-round!
Early bird, for sure!