Hello, I'm Ally.
First and foremost, I am a mother to two beautiful, energetic and loving girls. They have inspired this path to holistic and nutrition health. Prior to motherhood, I was in constant search for "my passion." Looking back over the years, every single job I had centered around helping others. Being in service to others really called to me, but I couldn't find the right avenue in honoring my life's work.
About seven years ago, I did a 21-day sugar detox. I knew I had a problem with sugar, and I wanted to re-set my body. During the 21 days, I became an expert at sugar alternatives; not realizing that the alternatives are just as bad, if not worse than, refined sugar. Clearly, sugar was my nemesis. But, my childhood was more of an indicator as to what truly ailed my body.
Growing up, I had IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). It was known to my family as the "Perkins' stomach," passed down from generation to generation. I was cursed, or so I was told. I believed in this curse for most of my life. I ate whatever I wanted, when I wanted, not knowing how much food played in my "cursed" digestive issues.
After my failed attempt at a sugar detox, I tried again, and was much more successful. In those 21 days, I realized that I was not cursed with a temperamental belly. I learned I had sensitivities, that my gut health was unhealthy, and that I needed to figure out how foods worked within my body and what foods triggered negative responses.
My realization sparked a path that led me to not only understanding my digestive issues, but to putting them into remission and learning that I had the control and choice of how healthy I wanted to be. I truly believe we can solve your gut health problems together, and you won't have to suffer in your ailments any longer.
I can happily say I no longer suffer from chronic diarrhea, inflammation, bloat, and painful stomach pains. Not to say I can go back to eating processed, trans-fatty foods, gluten or dairy; I will always suffer from those foods and when I do eat something that doesn't agree with me, those awful symptoms return. My body simply doesn't agree with certain foods, and instead of taking a pill to mask the symptoms, I've learned to love and respect my body. I want to nourish her with healthy, whole foods as much as possible.
There is new and exciting news in the world of health everyday. We live in a remarkable time where the truth about our environment is literally at our fingertips. We have choices and, as long as we're open, we can also have change.
The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.
- Caroline Myss
Mind. Body. Spirit. The trinity. They're always working together, and when one is out of alignment, soon the rest will follow suit.
Our bodies do so much for us. It's constantly working to find balance. When it's out of balance, it strives to quickly get you back on track as quickly as possible. If our bodies are not functioning the way it's meant to, that process of finding balance tends to get slower and, sometimes, fails to find balance. This is why being mindful about what we put in our bodies as food and beverage is in direct relation to how our bodies work. Your body can either work for you or against you, and having the right diet can be a matter of life or death.
Thoughts are powerful. Did you know that our brain can take an abstract thought, make it tangible, and send that thought or the emotion attached to the thought, to every cell in our body? When I learned this, affirmations finally made sense to me. Every thought we have is told to and believed by our entire being. If you tell ourselves we're unhealthy, unlovable, stupid, worthless, we believe it on a cellular level. Imagine changing the dialogue within yourself. Imagine changing your cellular structure, essentially re-wiring your moods, your body image, how you see yourself, how you see others. The possibilities are endless.
The word Spirit has many definitions. For me, and the way I use it in my practice, Spirit means our highest consciousness, that which governs our bodies as a whole and our existence in the universe. Being mindful of our spirit means taking time to connect with our thoughts, or disconnect with them, our higher selfs, our connection to self, and our connection to community and family and the roles we play within it. It's important to take time for spirit, to honor the relationship to self.
We will discover the best ways possible for you to connect with your mind, body, spirit in your everyday.