Life is an adventure and I live for fun, joy, challenges, and adventure. Growing up in Southern California, I loved to ride my bike to Huntington Beach to swim in the ocean and run on the beach.
When I turned 16 yrs. old, I was more excited to join a gym than to get my driver’s license. I wanted to become strong to lift the 50 pound feed bags for my Future Farmers of America (FFA) pig, sheep and cattle projects. FFA was more than agriculture and record keeping, it taught me leadership, public speaking and gave me the confidence to do whatever I wanted in the world.
I was determined to go to college, even though I had no college fund. I applied for every scholarship available. With the help of scholarships, loans, state grants and lots of part-time jobs, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, with emphasis in veterinary medicine and nutrition at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. I had lots of memorable adventures working at the large animal veterinarian hospital and the goat unit on the Cal Poly campus for four years. Getting dirty was part of the job. Carrying a change of clothes became a habit to this day. After graduation, I became a certified Small Animal Dietitian, prescribing special diets for dogs, cats, birds and small critters, while managing veterinary hospitals.
There were two things that I loved most while in school; working out with weights and doing research. After college, I combined those two loves and became a competitive bodybuilder. I wrote down everything I ate (calculated fats, carbs, protein), how I felt, my workout schedule (lifting, swimming, running, riding her horse) and studied my body’s response. It took 1-1/2 years before I was naturally slimmed down to compete in my first bodybuilding contest as a lightweight, weighing in at 111 lbs. I was able to put on a couple more pounds of muscle for the next year and made the middleweight class. It was an incredible experience and started a passion to study nutrition and nutritional supplements.
I went back to school in my thirties to receive a Master of Science in Chemistry and became a Nutritional Biochemist. For the past 15 years I have been managing clinical trials for pharmaceutical and biotech companies, while also consulting people on wellness, supplements and being proactive with a healthy lifestyle. You can say that “I get drugs approved by day and helps people get off prescriptions by night.”
I kept my muscular bodybuilding figure until my mid-forties with light workouts and riding my horse. Then my body started to change and expand. Fat started appearing on my belly, thighs and butt. I increased my workouts, started running, watching my diet, but the fat was not leaving. It was time to hit the books again and try to make sense of my body after 40.
The peri-menopause and menopause research was complex, but I shed the pounds and figured out how to naturally balance hormones and live at a joyful weight. I am passionate about sharing this information in a way that is simple to understand and apply the practices needed to go through the change (having periods to no periods) while embracing life with joy.