Celiac Disease Management
Healthy cooking / meal planning
Knowledge of over 100 dietary theories
Hello. Bonjour. Hola. Ciao. Guten Tag.
My name is Rebekah and I'm an enthusiast for anything that has to do with health, nutrition, wellness and of course, food. I am loving life and doing so by being a certified health coach and plant based chef. My passion is to share brain food and tips for a balanced lifestyle any moment I can to anyone who is willing to listen.
I grew up in rural Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in business marketing and a minor in hospitality. During college I was diagnosed with celiac disease and had no idea how to manage it. There were articles about living a gluten free life and gluten free recipes on Pinterest but none of it seemed to sink into my foggy brain and I had no desire to learn about it. I was in denial for years. I kept eating what my body rejected.
After I graduated college I immediately began working at a beautiful four star hotel managing its flagship restaurant but I still lived in a foggy brain. I would go through the motions of life but nothing phased me. I was unhappy.
In 2015 I finally made the choice to go 100% gluten free for my health and I didn't look back. I quit gluten cold turkey. Who was I? I wanted to learn more about the science of food and nutrition and how it can help the body. After months of reading self help books and working out I transformed into the healthiest version of myself, physically and mentally. I lost 70 pounds and fell in love with the art of cooking and combining as many wholesome foods as possible to make healthy food taste delicious. I discovered a passion for health and wellness.
In 2017 I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and learned so much about a holistic approach to life and overall wellness. I was loving every lecture, recipe, worksheet, and discussion. Unfortunately during my time attending IIN I suddenly became very ill. After a trip to the emergency room, multiple doctor's visits, and a surgery to confirm what was going on I was officially diagnosed with endometriosis. My doctor educated me on an "endo" diet which removes gluten, dairy, soy, and eggs. I was devastated. I had already cut out one major allergen. This time around I grew wiser with this diagnosis and took complete control of my life and my diet. I was fully aware.
In 2018 I graduated from IIN and became a certified health coach. I coached a few clients and loved every second of it. My passion for food and for wellness could now tie into my passion for helping others and teaching.
Later that year I enrolled in culinary school and became a certified plant based chef creating recipes full of nutrients and fuel. I enrolled to become a better cook for myself and to help others learn how to cook for themselves. I felt like a wizard in the kitchen with the amount and complexity of what I was creating. It was awesome!
After graduation I reflected back on my journey and how far I have come. I learned throughout my health journey that every day is a chance to start over. Anyone can make a change and transform into their ideal self, no matter what.
In 2019 I read an article that women who were diagnosed with endometriosis had an eight year period of being misdiagnosed with gastroenterology diseases. I went to my doctor to figure out some more details and she said the easiest way to test for it would be to eat gluten. So I did. And nothing happened, absolutely nothing. I felt great! So I continued to eat it and determined together with my doctor that it was my uncontrolled endometriosis causing so many stomach issues 12 years ago!
I now focus on gut health. Making sure the body is balanced with probiotics and prebiotics with food and supplements. There is a multitude of fun gut health facts that I want to share with the world!
I now take great pride in who I am and what I do. I want to do the same for others, help them through what they think they cannot achieve. If I can do it, anyone can do it.
Live your best life, always.
Your Health Coach,
Thank you for reading my journey, let's get yours started today!