About Mari

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

Like most women, I wear many hats.  As a mother of four, my ‘modus operandi’ was constant busyness, always trying to complete a never-ending “to-do” list. While I did get a lot done, this was unsustainable! When I turned 40, I started getting debilitating migraines and tension headaches, sinus issues, and super heavy periods (all of which got worse with stress).  As a highly sensitive, empathetic person, unrelenting stress is not my friend.  After building our family home (a LOT of work and major stress — I was the designer and construction manager, in charge of materials, payroll, scheduling,… while pregnant with my fourth child), I was DEPLETED.  My periods became unmanageable and the migraines lasted for days.  I was in pain and  felt SO TIRED, yet as women often do, I pressed on, breastfeeding my baby and taking care of everything and everybody.  Tests came back “normal” and I was offered medications which gave me  minimal relief and came with a host of negative side effects. 

Something had to change.  I was NOT enjoying the fruits of my labor. I did not want to use pain killers to mask the symptom, as I understood intuitively that my symptoms were a message from my body.  I knew that pain and exhaustion are NOT normal.  I prayed hard and searched for natural ways to help myself.  That’s when I found and got trained on functional nutrition, which is nutrition at a whole new level; with a root–cause approach.   I learned that treating symptoms without treating the root cause is like filling a bucket with a hole at the bottom — you don’t get anywhere.  I have further learned about lab testing, mindset, stress management,  detoxification, and much more…, to develop my holistic approach to health & wellness.  I have learned to use nutritious food,  lifestyle strategies, and professional grade supplements that work to promote health and a balanced body weight.  I want to share all this with you.

I’m a work in progress as I continue to nourish myself and find that sweet work – life – play balance.  The good news is — you don’t have to figure this out by yourself,  it is  my mission to help women like you  (and a few men) optimize their health.  If you  are gaining unwanted weight, are experiencing aches and pains, or feel anxious for no reason, those are a call to take action. 

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. My own health journey prompted me to pursue additional training in Functional Nutrition which combines my passions — science, health, wellness and nutrition.

Besides nutrition counseling, I have been a teacher, catechist, lactation consultant, and a home builder.  I am also 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.

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Faith, loving relationships and good health are our greatest assets.

 

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