Ever since I was a little girl, I have been interested in health and nutrition. I swam and played tennis competitively when I was younger, I watched what I ate, although probably not as much as I should have, and generally did my best to be healthy, which at the time meant maintaining a weight I was comfortable with. However, I have suffered from mild acne, psoriasis, and a low immune system for years. It was not until recently that I made the connection between my food habits and these other issues. I now realize that they are intimately intertwined.
I began thinking about nutrition in a new way when I had my first child. All of sudden, I had to think about what I was going to feed him, and I wanted to do it right. I was responsible for another human being and I knew that along with all the other things I had to give to my child, a good diet was crucial. Many years have passed since then, and I've learned that balance is the key. Health is a lifestyle, not a diet. And our life should be FUN, which means I don't believe in deprivation or fads. We should not obsess about weight. We need to focus on nourishment, and if we do this, slowly and surely, everything else falls into place; weight, skin, digestion, energy levels, sleep, immunity, you name it. I believe in eating well and yes, having that chocolate cake or glass of wine once in awhile, as you wish. I have personally gone through a transformation in my relationship with food, and I know that with guidance and support, everyone can do this.
As for my career path, I worked in telecoms for 15 years, then gave up my desk job to become an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Nutritionist. I was born in Baghdad, raised in the United States, and now have been living in Turkey with my husband for over 20 years. I am almost 50 years old and have three children, ages 20, 18, and 12. I run half-marathons twice a year--which requires me to pay special attention to my nutrition-- and have founded A Tasteful Plan to provide ready-to-eat meals that are carefully prepared with freshness, nutrition, and taste as top priorities to help people follow a healthier lifestyle when they don't have time to shop for and prepare healthy food on their own.
My mission is to help people find health, balance, and joy in their life. Life is short. Let's make the absolute best of it! If you are ready to start this journey, or just have a question, please get in touch. I would love to hear from you.