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 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 in NW and NE Portland. I am also a Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified coach.
A reformed vegetarian of 10 years and vegan for two, I started eating meat again back in November of 2011. I was prescribed the SCD (specific carbohydrate diet) by my naturopathic doctor after being diagnosed with small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in early October 2011. 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 present 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 wanted 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 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 know what normal feels like again in my body and my digestive problems have eased and improved 100 percent. Not only that, but I’m stronger and function better in my activities and daily life. I was prescribed to be on the SCD for 1-2 years, but I enjoy the SCD/paleo lifestyle so much that I have continued on this way. I’ve never been healthier and because of that, I have a much improved attitude, perspective, and outlook on life.
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