About Mari

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

For most of my life, I’ve been a “Type- A”, go-getter type of person;  involved in many activities and projects; always busy, efficient, and productive.  I struggled with allergies, skin issues, anxiety, and headaches.  After building our family home (I was the construction manager, in charge of design, materials, scheduling, etc… while pregnant with my fourth child), I developed adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances, and the headaches became migraines.  I felt super 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.  I had worked so hard, and I was NOT enjoying the fruits of my labor. 

Something had to change. I didn’t want to manage my symptoms and “survive” the day but solve the problem, and feel better.  I started to realize perhaps I was unknowingly contributing to these problems. I had migraines with every period, and often before, and after my period too.  I planed my life around my super heavy periods and dreaded how I knew I’d feel those days. Was there anything I could do to prevent all this from happening in the first place?  Being a scientist, I went on a search for a better way to mange the excruciating pain.  That’s when  I learned about functional nutrition and never turned back! It makes so much sense! I wasn’t eating the best foods for me, was definitely not resting enough, had (easily solved) micronutrient deficiencies, and needed to learn how to manage both stress and my schedule. By giving my body what it was missing, making better food and lifestyle choices and lovingly supporting it, allergies and migraines are no longer an issue for me and my hormones are under control.  Genetic testing also showed I wasn’t detoxifying well.  Everything I learned made me realize how hard my body was working, and how important it was for me to pay attention to my symptoms and not mask them. I only wish I had learned all this earlier. I’m a work in progress as I continue to nourish my precious adrenal glands and find that sweet work-life-play balance. It is now my mission to help other women 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. 

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