Hello! Welcome to my life project #HealthIsntHard. First off I need to say I am not a doctor, or geneticist, or registered dietitian, or registered nurse, or certified personal trainer, or a psychologist. My inspiration to do this came from a lot of places but really what put this into action were my parents whose lives could not be more different. In fall of 2016 my dad went into remission from cancer and just started going back to work. My mom is a high school chemistry teacher and a mother to a 10 year-old and wife. But listening to their struggles and what affects them sparked in me the desire to share my personal successes and failures, and how I came to conclusions about my own health and body. My writings are not meant to diagnose or treat serious illness, but rather pique interest and curiosity about your own health, mind, and body, and, hopefully, inspire simple changes that have the potential to yield great results.

I am a massage therapist in Denver, Colorado. I went into this career with the intention of helping people heal, or really, to be a hands-on facilitator in their healing process. And over the last five years of creating, owning, and growing my massage practice, I have learned a lot about people and myself in the process. One of those main things doesn’t have much to do with the bodywork itself, but what happens outside of the massage session, and that is how we treat ourselves in our day-to-day. How we sleep, what we eat, what we drink, how we think, how often or little we exercise, how we self-care. There was a long period of time where we treated our minds and bodies as separate entities, and even the pieces of our bodies as disconnected segments where one had no affect on the other. That mindset is fading away, but there are still plenty of people who do not recognize that they even think that way. Take prescription medication, for example. We take blood pressure medicine that creates side effects for depression so then we are prescribed anti-depression medication that creates side effects for dry mouth so then we take medications for that, and the list goes on and on sometimes. Stop the madness! Breathe.

So that’s what I’m going to attempt to take on here. There are so many products and so little information on what is actually helpful, so many buzzwords that are designed to trick us into thinking we are making healthy choices. Every week I’ll post a new blog and/or video on everything from reading and decoding food labels to how to cook for one person to how to prepare that weird vegetable you can’t pronounce to how to shift your thinking about health and healthy living. It’s not just for the 1% who have a personal trainer 6 times a week and a personal chef that caters to their organic-sustainable-raw-vegan-local-zero-carbon-footprint diet for 3 meals a day and time for a 2-hour daily meditation practice. It’s for all of us. It’s for you. And I’m going to show you how Health Isn’t Hard.