My Story: I bought into the societal story that alcohol was what you did to...
celebrate, to escape from stress, to connect with others more easily, and as a reward for general adulting. It was an easy and completely acceptable way to take the edge off and to tame any feelings of discomfort or social awkwardness. I used it to get through hard times, celebrate good ones, and make monotonous days less boring.
But as my continued work/study in the yoga & alternative health sphere kept evolving, drinking left me feeling more and more out of alignment with my values. How can I talk honestly with clients about integrative nutrition, or energetic balance, or the yogic path when alcohol is regular part of my diet, sometimes to the exclusion eating healthy? Or when I show up hungover to a morning yoga class?
I felt like an imposter.
I also knew alcohol wasn’t doing me any favors physically. It's no secret that hangovers and other physical signs of alcohol use (think puffy eyes, dry dull skin, brain fog, digestive issues) increase as we age. One day in 2020 I found myself hungover - feeling sick, tired & super annoyed with my drinking habit. I’d had enough. I vowed to put down the alcoholic kombucha (my “healthy” alcohol of choice) for at least 30 days.
The first two weeks were challenging. I had a lot of urges. (I had trained my brain to use alcohol as a reward for years!) But I resourced-up and educated myself. I listened to podcasts and read books and dove into learning all I could about alcohol (including a coaching certification from "This Naked Mind"). I worked on my thoughts and beliefs around alcohol. When I got to 30 days, I upped it to 60, then 90. I hit 100 days. Then 200, then a year. I felt increasingly better, both physically and emotionally. I felt honest, and healthy, and increasingly self confident. And I now feel that I can 100% trust myself. In fact, that was the WHY I dug into in the early days of abstinance. "I want to be someone who can trust herself (and I want my kids to 100% trust me too)."
I truly want that for EVERYone. It’s a game changer. No need to depend on alcohol when you’ve got your own back. And you absolutely can. I’d love to talk to you about your current situation.
"State Change” by Robin Berzin MD
“This is Your Mind on Plants” by Michael Pollan
“Journey to the Heart” by Melody Beattie
"Clarity & Connection" by Yung Pueblo
I earned my BA in Anthropology from The University of San Diego and my MA in Latin American Studies with a focus in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University.
Traditional medicine was a primary area of my academic interest and research, particularly the indigenous use of entheogens. Following graduation, I went on to work for MedLink Corporation, where, as Editorial Director, I was responsible for their flagship publication, MedLink Neurology (the leading electronic information resource for clinical neurologists). During my 20+-year tenure I was immersed in this rapidly advancing field focused on neuroscience, and brain & central nervous system health.
Although fascinating, traditional and alternative health & healing are my true passion. In 2017, I moved on to received my Meridian Stress Assessment (bioenergetic) training from Renee Brooks ND, and to take botanical medicine courses with David Crow LAc. In 2020, I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition's Integrative Nutrition Health Coaching program, and in 2021 I became a Certified This Naked Mind Coach. I’ve also studied with yogic scholar-practitioner Christopher (Hareesh) Wallis, have a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200 credential from Janet Stone Yoga + a few hundred additional yoga instruction hours, and am a former yoga studio owner. As an integrative health, mindset & alcohol-free coach, I utilize my past learning and experience (including neuroscience), behavioral/habit change strategies, mind-body practices and bioenergetic scanning to help people discover how to make optimal "health" work for them on a daily basis. I’d love to learn more about your wellness goals.