I was not always health
conscious or interested in nutrition, as I always
had healthy checkups. After 2 miscarriages,
however, changed my life and began my current journey,
as I learned that my body cannot properly absorb or
utilize vitamins B12, B6 and folic acid~ key components
in a healthy pregnancy.
I also discovered that high
homocysteine was a major factor in my failed pregnancies.
Homocysteine is an amino acid (everyone has it), which
is normal at 10 or below- mine was toxic at 17, an
indicator of a likely early death of any cause, particularly
heart disease, stroke, blood clots and Alzheimers.
The way to lower and manage
homocysteine is to eat a daily diet rich in anti-oxidants
- fruits and vegetables. Vitamins and supplements
will not cut it. Real food is the solution and my
body needed to get much more of it, to absorb more
I already ate fruits &
veggies, and was looking for a way to get more nutrition,
without the cost, effort and mess of juicing lots
of produce daily.
We have continued to learn
from world-renowned doctors in many fields on a weekly
basis for several years. The range of specialties
has given us a wealth of knowledge on health, wellness,
and nutrition and disease prevention.
My focus is on keeping my family
healthy. Fueled by a family history of heart issues,
breast cancer and more; I want to do all I can to
give my family a fighting chance and help others to
do the same.
I dream of a world with less
disease, where cancer is rare and where schools offer
healthy foods that help kids learn, focus, perform
better and are sick less often. They have more energy
and teach future generations the same lifestyle. It
is happening, slowly, as change is hard, and people
are confused about how to take personable responsibility
for their health.
I am a mom on a mission and
together we are a family who cares about helping people
achieve optimal health. We want to share what we have
learned with others. We provide free wellness talks
for businesses, corporations, families and friends,
and through various forms of media that allow a personal
touch. Contact me for more information.
The journey to health takes
time, effort and dedication, in lots of baby steps.
Anyone can do it!
bump in the road
Soon after Isabellas
6th birthday, we had the scare of our lives. She was
diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Juvenile Onset Diabetes
and is insulin dependent for life. All the signs had
been there but we did not realize as we did not have
the awareness. Excessive thirst, nausea, frequent
urination, pale and sunken-in facial features. She
looked thin. Upon picking her up from summer camp,
the counselor brought her, lethargically, over to
me. For a girl who was rarely sick, this was shocking.
I thought shed caught something from someone
at camp so brought her home and told her to rest and
drink lots of water. She kept falling asleep and I
thought she must be exhausted and dehydrated. This
continued from about 5pm 10:30pm when she finally
stopped and fell asleep with us.
About 6:30am Bella awoke very
dreary and pointed to her heart and that it hurt.
It was racing. We went immediately to the ER, where
she vomited on the scale and was hyperventilating.
We were so scared. After several tests the ER doctor
confirmed that she was dehydrated but because she
has Type 1 diabetes. I was shocked and in denial.
I put on my just take action and do what you
need to mode.
Bella slipped into a diabetic
coma in transit to Boston Childrens Hospital
with me by her side. She did not awake until late
that night. We spent 4 full days and 3 nights in the
hospital while she gained strength and began to understand
that life had just changed drastically forever. We
were given a great deal of information, calculations
to learn and were not allowed to leave the hospital
until we had a firm grip on it and giving her 2 kinds
of insulin through injections.
Today we check Bellas
blood sugars, administer insulin, count carbs and
do calculations that change at any given moment. She
has learned to do much of this on her own and give
herself insulin, too. She recognizes signs of being
low and high and knows how to treat them. She is a
real trooper and we are very proud her. Life is not
always fair but we have learned to deal with it.
We attend support groups and
are blessed with an amazing local hospital that cares
and has a great deal of support, provides camps, functions,
events and classes to learn and grow to parents of
diabetics and children living with diabetes. JDRF
has also been wonderful and we did our first walk
last year to help raise money towards research for
finding a cure and helping children of Type 1 have
a better life living with diabetes.
am so blessed to have the knowledge about nutrition,
to help Bella and others make healthier choices for
living with diabetes and help prevent future disease
and complications that can arise as a result of being
diabetic and not having good control of blood sugars,
etc. We assume that nutritionists, dieticians and
MDs know about proper eating; but many will admit
that they are not well educated on the subject. For
example, recommending that diabetics consume chemically
processed sugars (aspartame, splenda, equal, etc.)
hurts them further. Yes, we understand that no sugar
and no carbs is what we are looking to achieve here,
but a healthier alternative is Stevia. Chemically
processed sugars contribute to many health problems,
like cancer, MS and more, which can even lead to death.
So I am glad to be associated
with professionals around the world that understand
health, diabetes, proper treatments and nutrition,
who have taught me. I can hear what we are being told
by the diabetic educators, and can alter it to be
utilized in a healthier way. We do not have to succumb
to treating one disease to cause another, as is often
the unintended result.
Now a big part of my life is
helping other children living with diabetes, by teaching
what I have learned and to be a support for them in
sharing valuable tools that can help anyone affected
by diabetes. I plan to continue to help support JDRF,
Wentworth Douglas Hospital and The NH Dream Factory
who have all been a blessing and big help to us. And
I am sure there will be others as well, as science
learns more about the roles of genetics and lifestyle