Born and raised in Alpena, Michigan, I moved to Portland after graduating from Michigan State University in 2008. I now reside in inner northeast Portland (PDX) with my husband, Jesse and our cats, Dutch and Frankie. I am a health and wellness enthusiast, and enjoy cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. Currently, I work as a personal trainer and instructor in Portland, and also as an independent distributor for Young Living Essential Oils.
A reformed vegetarian of 10 years and vegan for two, I started eating meat back in November of 2011. I was prescribed the SCD (specific carbohydrate diet) by my naturopath after being diagnosed with small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in early October 2011. I had already been gluten-free for a couple years, but was still having terrible bouts of bloating and stomach pain on a near daily basis. Turns out, there was hydrogen present in my small intestine and the bacteria in my gut was feeding off of grains, starches and sugar (a vicious, repetitive cycle indeed). I tried following the SCD as a vegetarian for a month or so, but realized I was not thriving as well as I wanted to and was having a hard time getting enough protein. At this point, I decided it was time that my body needed some good, high-quality meat. I started slow with just chicken and turkey for the first several months before I tried other meats.
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.
I can’t explain how great I feel eating this way. I truly know what normal feels like again and my digestive problems have eased and improved 100 percent. Not only that, but I feel like I function better overall in my activities and daily life. I was only prescribed to be on the SCD for 1-2 years, but I enjoy the SCD/paleo lifestyle so much that I plan to continue on this way. I’ve never been healthier and not only that, have a much improved attitude and perspective as well. Life is good.
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