Born and raised in a small town in Michigan, I moved to Portland after graduating from college in 2008. I now reside in NE Portland with my husband and two cats.
I am an all around health and wellness enthusiast, and love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. In addition to sharing my paleo recipe creations, I am also a personal trainer and Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified coach.
After being a vegetarian for about 10 years and vegan for two, I started eating meat again in the fall of 2011. I was prescribed the SCD (specific carbohydrate diet) by my naturopathic doctor after being diagnosed with small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). I was already gluten-free since I had discovered almost two years prior that I had a gluten allergy, but was still having terrible bouts of bloating and stomach pain on a daily basis. Turns out, there was hydrogen in my small intestine and the overgrowth of bad bacteria in my gut was feeding off of grains, starches, and sugar. I tried following the SCD as a vegetarian for a month or so, but realized I was not thriving as well as I could and was having a hard time getting enough protein. At this point, I decided to add back in some high-quality meat. I started slowly with just chicken and turkey for the first several months, and eventually added back in other animal proteins.
I first heard about paleo when I went to see an acupuncturist, shortly after being diagnosed with SIBO. I told him about the SCD and he said it sounded very similar to paleo. With that, I started doing my own research and found myself referring to paleo websites, books and cookbooks a lot. Soon enough, I felt strongly compelled to start sharing my own paleo recipe creations, so Paleo in PDX was born.