The direction life takes us in is never predictable, yet it's often entertaining and somehow ends up making perfect sense at various points throughout. According to plan, I was supposed to be a fashion designer — that’s what I studied as an undergrad.
How I ended up as a nutritionist writing books and teaching courses is a bit less linear.
After graduating from university, I went traveling across Africa and developed some mysterious health problems. It took three years, and in the summer of 2006, I was finally diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s is classified as an incurable auto-immune inflammatory bowel disease.
I knew I was ready to defy the "incurable" part of that classification. I decided that I would make healing from this disease the most fun adventure possible.
I turned to my kitchen. I had never cooked, or even had much of an interest in health, until life gave me no other option. One month later, I began to notice major changes. My symptoms started to regress, until they were gone completely.
It felt as if I had exhaled after holding my breath all my life. In addition to transitioning to a more whole, real-food-based diet, I began a meditation practice. I also traded in my gym membership for a yoga mat, went for regular acupuncture treatments, and dove deep into studying nutrition.
More than anything, I sought out to experience moments of happiness and learned how to appreciate and be grateful for those moments. Happiness became my (mostly!) constant state.