When I was 12, my parents were watching me run around on the basketball court and they thought, “Hm. Andrea’s bird legs are a lot smaller than all those other kid’s bird legs. Maybe she’s got Celiac.” This being 1996, gluten-free wasn’t really a “thing” yet but lucky for me, my mom had been diagnosed a few years prior, so our fam was hip to something for the first time in our lives.
For my last gluten meal before I shunned it for good, my mom took me to Subway where I proceeded to order a meatball sub and cry my eyes out in the car.
Since then, it’s been quite the ride as I’ve learned the ins-and-outs of harboring an auto-immune fugitive inside my body. “Food as medicine” had always been my M.O. because it had to be, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I really started to dial in to the power that food has on our overall health.
Once I started paying attention, I became obsessed. We’re talking fermenting kimchi and kombucha, forcing my husband to drink weird elixirs, reading every nutrition book I can get my hands on, pouring over scientific studies and generally annoying the hell out of my friends and family with my near-constant barrage of emails and texts about gluten, sugar, alcohol, dairy…you get the idea.
Finally, I found my people when I signed up at The Academy of Culinary Nutrition and earned my certification as a Culinary Nutrition Expert.
After falling in love with nutrition learning, I earned my certification to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with the Nutritional Therapy Association and continued my education with Toronto-based functional nutritionist Josh Gitalis.
Both programs further taught me how to uncover the root causes of disease using an integrative evidence and food-based approach to healing.
Even with a strict gluten-free diet, the road to health hasn’t been easy for me and I’ve spent plenty of time and money trying to get well. I know how it feels to feel overwhelmed, angry, frustrated and scared, and I want to use what I’ve learned to help you find your vitality, get back your mojo and move on with your life.
Because honestly, I know you have better things to do than feel tired all the time or keep promising that next Monday is the day you start dieting.