After becoming a new mom, all of my time was devoted to everything, but myself. I was living in a constant state of reaction, and I felt it. Physically, mentally and emotionally, body, mind and spirit. My body was out of balance, I was always exhausted, and felt way older than I was. Meanwhile, I wasn’t getting any younger, and it felt like time was against me and this was it. This was life as I knew it.
One day, my husband, who was pre-diabetic at the time, turned on the documentary, Forks Over Knives, and it was like something clicked. We shifted our eating habits to a whole-food plant-based diet and the changes were felt almost immediately. Not only did we lose weight while actually eating more, but I started to feel better, my energy levels were up, and my husband’s bloodwork was no longer in the pre-diabetic range, which was a huge win.
Fascinated by the idea that plants could actually be medicine, I started to educate myself and absorb all of the evidence-based information I could get my eyes and ears on, and was even more surprised to find that lifestyle as medicine could improve quality of life, and even treat and reverse chronic disease. I felt like I had cracked a code and discovered a fountain of youth to create a life full of vitality, confidence and without fear of aging. This was the empowerment I needed to take complete ownership of my health and make self-care a priority. I am now passionate about sharing this knowledge with other mothers, so that they can transform their health inside and out, simply by using plants and lifestyle as medicine, just as I did.
And, thanks to adopting a plant-based diet, I went from not knowing how to cook (I'm serious) to being able to prepare many dishes from scratch without following a recipe!
I am the face behind Botany Mommy and the creator of The GLOW Medicine Method, my signature transformational program for hardworking mothers that incorporates evidence-based lifestyle habits and plant-based nutrition to optimize health for longevity. I share The GLOW Medicine though 1:1 consulting and also in online group intensive format.
I am a graduate of Cornell University’s Plant-Based Nutrition Program, and am continuing education in evidence-based lifestyle medicine to become board certified through the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (expected Spring 2021). I am California-grown and currently reside in Los Angeles with my husband and our two young kiddos. When I’m not busy with the kids, I enjoy yoga, as I work towards my 200-hours as a registered yoga teacher. I also enjoy [attempting to learn] dance choreography on Youtube from the comfort of my home, because dancing in a studio in LA is far too intimidating.
You can learn more about me through my day-to-day musings on social media. Follow me @botanymommy and let’s interact!
California State University, San Bernardino: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Entrepreneurship
The George Washington University: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Int'l Business & Marketing
Certification & Training:
American College of Lifestyle Medicine: Lifestyle Medicine for Coaches
Cornell University, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies: Plant-Based Nutrition
Rouxbe Culinary School: Plant-Based Cooking
Usui Ryoho Reiki Master and Teacher
YogaMedCo: Integrative Health & Well-Being Coach (In progress)
200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (Expected Fall 2020)
National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching Candidate (Expected Spring 2021)