Hello! My name is Tammie, I’m so glad that you are here! You see, ever since I was a little girl I've always wanted to grow up to do two things, be a mommy and a teacher and now I am honored to be able to teach and share my passion about the importance of REAL food and a balanced wellness lifestyle with you!
I love to inspire and guide others to create amazing levels of joy and happiness in their lives. It feeds my soul. There is something about watching a light turn on in another person when they learn something new that simply can't be beat and over the years I have developed many skills that help me to take complex things (very few things are as complex as the relationship between food and health) and make them so simple that anyone can master them.
I Didn't Always Know What I Know Now
Of course, I didn't always know what I know now. In fact, early in my marriage, while my husband was attending Chiropractic school, we had a rude awakening. You see, he had a major health crisis (you can read about it here). After all of his tests were back, his doctor explained that many of his problems were related to what he was eating and I quickly realized that I was going to be a huge partner in getting him better. Needless to say, that testing changed our world forever! I can still remember sinking to the kitchen floor crying and feeling overwhelmed.
You see, I had taken great pride in my skills in the kitchen. I was a good cook – but I didn't know anything about cooking gluten and dairy free. I was completely knocked off of my foundation. What was I going to do?
When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Appears
My prayers were answered when our new friend I met at church took me under her wing and opened me up to the world of food. Although it was sometimes hard, with her help and encouragement, I quickly learned to adapt my favorite recipes with new ingredients. My kitchen became my playground, a sanctuary for creation. The most important thing I realized is that there really is an abundance of amazing, nutritious and delicious food options out there.
Once liberated from the boring “sameness” of the Standard American Diet, I become a self-proclaimed “real-foodie”. Together my husband and I made some major shifts in our entire approach to eating. While he kept plugged into the latest research on the role of diet on overall health, I worked on perfecting the implementation of what he was learning.
We tried just about everything along the way; juicing, vegetarianism, food combining, anti-yeast diets, “alkalizing” diets etc. Along the way we paid careful attention to what really worked and helped us restore our own health and we learned some great principles in each “system” we experienced. There were even some myths we busted along this journey.
Myth #1 – There is one diet that is best for everyone. Unfortunately, there are still people out there who try to “convert” everyone they know to the eating approach that works best for them. When you think about how unique each person is, doesn't it just make sense that there might be some variety in how we respond to food? Some people need more protein than others. Some can handle carbohydrates better than their neighbor. Some are trying to heal from leaky gut and food sensitivities. In my experience, it is impossible to create one diet plan that is perfect for everyone. That being said, there are general guidelines that almost every nutritional philosophy holds true to and those principles form my whole food philosophy. The key is to pay close attention to how your body reacts to the foods you eat. You are your own best food scientist.
Myth #2 – All allergies are permanent. With the possible exception of the genetic based allergies, especially the gluten autoimmune condition called Celiac disease, most allergies CAN be reversed. Food allergies and sensitivities are usually the result of a series of events that compromise the integrity of the lining of the gut (leaky gut) and when that gut barrier is repaired it MAY be possible to reintroduce those foods safely. It does take time and careful avoidance in the initial stages. Eventually over time, my husband was able to heal his gut and due to our diligence, he no longer suffers from food allergies and symptoms.
On the other hand, even after years of changing and modifying my diet, I started suffering with digestive issues. This caused me to question the things I had learned and studied and to search for new information that could offer a solution. I discovered that, over time some of my genetic tendencies had surfaced and I had developed some food sensitivities of my own.
Through carefully listening to my body and taking advantage of newly developed diagnostic tests I too have been able to discover how to manage and heal from these issues. I learned that I am sensitive to gluten and have been on a strict gluten free diet for over eight years and within the past year have virtually eliminated all grains in my diet and I've never felt better.
My life has given me so many opportunities to learn and experiment with food. I have been on a learning journey to understand the importance food plays in our lives. I know that it is essential to keep us alive and that the quality of our food determines the quality of our life. I have a gained a passion for nutrition from “in the trenches” application. The kitchen is where I practice and put into place of key principles that can dramatically improve anyone’s health.
The skills that I have gained through hours of research, in advanced culinary nutrition training and certification from the Institute of Transformational Nutrition have helped me find answers to many of my own health and digestive challenges and through this I have mastered real-life solutions that are both simple and practical.
Above all, I want you to fall in love with the process of building a wellness lifestyle. It starts with REAL food that is delicious and nourishes your body but it also encompasses hydration, movement, sleep, positive thoughts, recreation and deep and meaningful relationships. Dr. Jerry and I call it the "7 Pillars Lifestyle" and I'd love to mentor you along your journey to get well, stay well and create your best life!