I have degrees in the areas of nursing, law enforcement, and paralegal studies. After losing my youngest daughter to complications from Cerebral Palsy in 2002, I decided to focus mainly on my nursing degree. The loss of my daughter was devastating to me, and depression quickly consumed my life for the first several years after her passing.
Unable to control my depression, I gradually turned to food, which helped to numb my intense pain from mourning the loss of my daughter. I gained over 140 pounds total over a 9 year period. I decided to seek outside help to re-assess my “purpose” in life, and I realized that nursing and writing were the two positive things that I wanted to focus my time and energy on. I’ve been in the Health Care industry for over 20 years, and nursing for 8 years. I’ve seen the wide-spread epidemic of childhood and adult obesity first hand, and have become passionate in this particular area.
I have become clinically obese over the past 12 years. I accept this. But it will not win. I am constantly fighting for better health through a healthier lifestyle. I have adapted the clean eating lifestyle as well as several different types of fitness programs incorporated into my daily routine. It´s not easy. I understand this first hand. Being obese, I understand the array of issues and problems that we face as obese individuals.
I am passionate about optimal health, fitness, and cooking clean for my family. I love to re-create unhealthy recipes into clean and tasty recipes that our granddaughters love as much as we do. Here at BellaOnline, I am also the proud editor for our ´Cooking for Kids´ site, located in the Food & Wine channel. I´ve also created ´The Live-Clean Lifestyle´ brand and website, where I share healthy recipes, ideas, tips, and education on living a clean lifestyle.
Please email me with any questions or suggestions. I am always eager to assist. I hope that you enjoy my site, and that my articles help you in any way possible.
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