About Mari

Mom headshotI am a mother, wife, grandmother, health and wellness coach, teacher and speaker.                   

For most of my life, I’ve been a “Type- A”, high achieving person; always busy,  efficient, and productive. I had sinus allergies, acne, heavy periods and frequent headaches, all of which got worse with stress.  After building our family home (a LOT of work — I was the construction manager; in charge of design, materials, scheduling,… while pregnant with my fourth child), I was DEPLETED.  My periods became unmanageable and my headaches became migraines that lasted for days.  I felt so tired, but continued to push  myself, breastfeeding my baby and taking care of everything and everybody.  Tests came back “normal” and I was offered medications which gave me  minimal, temporary relief, but no resolution. 

Something had to change.  I had worked so hard, and I was NOT enjoying the fruits of my labor. I did not want to use pain killers every other day and ‘survive’. I wanted to solve the problem, and feel well.  I prayed hard and searched for natural ways to manage the excruciating pain.  That’s when I learned about functional nutrition which is nutrition at a whole new level — holistic and in harmony with your body, mind and spirit.  It made so much sense! Even though I ate a relatively healthy diet, I wasn’t eating the best foods for me, was not resting enough, and needed to learn how to manage both my stress and my schedule. Through much trial and error, and lots of continued education, I learned how to support my body with lifestyle modifications, foods and professional grade supplements that work.  Genetic testing gave me valuable information on my constitution and susceptibilities.  I realized how hard my body had been working to keep up with the demands I placed on it, and how critical it was to pay attention to my symptoms instead of covering them.  I only wish I had learned all this sooner!  I’m a work in progress as I continue to nourish myself and find that sweet  work — life — play balance.  It is now my mission to help other women optimize their health so they feel balanced, healthy, and strong. 

My Education & Background

I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a Masters Degree in Nutrition & Exercise. I have always been fascinated by human physiology— how this amazing body of ours works. I have additional training in Functional Nutrition which beautifully combines my background in science and nutrition.

Besides nutrition counseling, I have been a teacher, catechist, and home builder.  I also have experience as a Lactation Consultant and as a speaker, teaching and giving lectures on various topics including Nutrition & Health, Christian Parenting and Abstinence Education. I speak English and Spanish fluently. 

Click here to learn more about the services I offer.

Click here to contact me.

 

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