I live by the motto, “My live didn’t turn out as I planned, and that’s what makes it so wonderful.”
Three years ago, when I graduated high school, I planned to go to a small college and pursue a business major and dance minor. But I couldn’t follow through with that plan when my autoimmune disease suddenly became unmanageable with the various medications prescribed by my doctors.
Most of you know the story: when I was told surgery to remove my colon was my only option, I was determined to find a different answer. That answer turned out to be food! I started a grain free, dairy free diet and my symptoms disappeared.
Since I discovered the healing power of nutrition, my life’s passion became empowering others with this information through Empowered Sustenance and my books.
My newfound passion for nutrition and mind-body medicine led me to recently change my education path. Although I’ve been doing online college courses for the past two years, I’m overjoyed to be healthy enough to return to a college campus. I’m going to get a Health Psychology degree (psychology with a mind-body focus) at the mecca for mind-body and naturopathic medicine: Bastyr University in Washington!
Wish me happy travels, because I will be flying out and moving to the campus this Saturday! I will be moving from Northern Virginia.
Although I’ll probably have to cut back on my blogging time when I resume school full-time in a week, I will absolutely continue blogging! Some of my posts will reflect this new stage in my life. Here are some of the posts I’m looking forward to writing:
- What’s in my holistic dorm room?
- What do I cook and eat in a dorm setting?
- Tips for healthy living on a student budget
Also, you may have noticed a couple more advertisements on my blog. I would prefer not to run the ads because I don’t have control over the content of the ad (Google does). However, the revenue from the ads makes it possible for me to continue blogging and I needed to place a few more ads now that I’m juggling the increased expenses of college. Thank you for understanding.
Can you help me?
I have a favor to ask you. I’ve spent the last few years living in Northern Virginia, although I spent most of my life living about 2 hours north of Seattle.
I’m not familiar with the area within 30-40 minutes around Bastyr. Are you familiar with the Kenmore area or surrounding areas? I’m looking for practitioner recommendations for acupuncture, massage, craniosacral and other forms of body work.
I’m sad to leave my acupuncturist and BodyTalk practitioners here – they have helped me so much with my health – and it’s always tough to find a replacement for a good practitioner.
I would also love any recommendations for local real food resources such as stores, restaurants, family farms or CSAs. Are there nearby restaurants that have options (or flexible chefs!) for grain free, allergy-friendly meals? Or even allergy-friendly meal prep/delivery? If you are involved in any natural living or real food groups or anything like that, I would also love some recommendations to help me get plugged into a community.
Please leave your recommendations in the comments of this post. I may not be able to reply to each comment, but I read all of them and appreciate it greatly. Thank you so much!