Hi, I'm Paula. . .
. . .Certified Health Specialist and Level 3 Metabolic Effect Nutritional Consultant dedicated to helping others use natural health and wellness to address gut health issues and slow metabolism.
I'm the author of:
Contributing author in:
- 25 Days of Grain-Free Christmas Cookies
- Brainy Breakfasts
- Trust Your Intuition: 25 Natural Medicine Confessions from Influential Women Who Use Healing Remedies for Their Families
- The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle
- The Gut Health Super Bundle
- Ultimate Women's Wellness Bundle
- The Healthy Meal Planning Bundle
- The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle
Featured Speaker at:
- Back to Basics Living Summit
- Plant-Based Diet Summit (voted top speaker)
I've been a contributing writer on numerous sites including Traditional Cooking School and Seed to Pantry School, as well as featured on sites such as Natural News, Yummly, BuzzFeed, Natural Hair Mag, Money Saving Mom, and more.
Our health journey
Our health journey, like most people’s, started long before we realized it. We were married right after I finished high school and while Travis was finishing college. Our lives consisted of working, studying, eating boxed or fast food, and late nights.
Several years into our marriage, we noticed that Travis’s nagging back problems were getting worse. We tried new mattresses, chiropractors, and heating pads without relief.
Then suddenly, our lives were turned upside down.
Travis's dad passed away from an intense battle with cancer that took over his body in a matter of months.
We gave birth to our third baby, a beautiful little girl – stillborn 4 days before her due date. There aren’t even words...
And in the midst of those difficult years, Travis’s health steadily declined. His joint pain became so bad he couldn’t roll over in bed without my help. When he went down stairs in the morning, he had to sit down and scoot down each step. One day he passed out at work and had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. They ran multiple tests in the ER and eventually sent him home without answers.
Years passed as we visited doctors, and specialists, but still turned up empty-handed. Eventually we grew tired of them suggesting it was ‘all in his head’. We found a naturopath and, within the first visit, learned that Travis was suffering from Lyme disease and candida overgrowth.
Hearing ‘Lyme disease’ scared us. And when our naturopath said that nearly everyone had candida, we made the quick and foolish decision to ignore it and focus solely on Lyme.
By this time we had four young boys and I’d started experiencing ‘weird’ little things: a white-coated tongue, a skin rash that was slowly but steadily spreading, weight gain, bloating. . .but in view of Travis’s health issues, they seemed minor and silly to worry about.
We tried juice cleanses, fasting, coffee enemas, acupuncture, diet and exercise. Eventually we travel across the country to an alternative health clinic for Lyme in 2008. I’ll never forget how surprised I was when more than one person thought we were there because of my health instead of Travis's. My unhealthy obsession with trying to lose weight and stop the bloating was more visible than I realized.
While at the clinic we learned Travis had several allergies; gluten being the main one. Between the clinic and going gluten-free, many of Travis’s symptoms eased. . .for a while.
Then we heard about the book Nourishing Traditions. After devouring it from cover to cover, we realized that fat wasn't evil, and eating gluten-free wasn’t a good enough answer. Further research told us that many of the foods we ate (i.e. starches and even natural sugars) were feeding a common and underestimated problem called. . .candida.
Light bulb! There was that word again.
Five years after hearing about candida the first time, we decided it needed a second look and started researching. We found that nearly all of our ‘little’, ongoing issues pointed straight back to candida.
Further research told us that candida was supposed to be a ‘simple’ fix. All we had to do was stop eating sugar and starches. So we found a severely strict candida diet and were told we needed to follow it for 30 months. IF we cheated even once, we had to start the process all over again.
Suffice it to say, even though we gave it our best shot, we failed miserably.
A step ahead
Paula's a passionate whole food advocate - she's learned so much in her own health journey and now devotes her time to teaching others how to cook delicious meals through her blog.
When you have Paula to coach and teach you how to eat clean and stay fit, you're already a step ahead!
- Sarah I., pastor's wife, homeschooling mom of three
Good listening skills
Paula is kind, compassionate, and genuinely cares about people. She brings her good listening skills, her kindness, and her wisdom into everything she does.
Many times I have come to her with questions about life, about myself, and about my children’s health. Not only does she give options and helps in anyway she can, she follows up later on, revealing how much she truly cares about helping people.
- Ana E., piano instructor, homeschooling mom to two
Paula is... Easy to get to know. Fantastically down to earth. Super fun to chat with. Researches things to death to find answers. Someone that will ask you later how you are doing.
Paula enjoys digging in to find answers to food related problems. She has been an encourager on my own food journey and is always willing to lend an ear or some succinct piece of information that I was previously lacking.
- Crystal M., pastor's wife, homeschooling mom to four
Our passion to help others
Our candida journey became a quest beyond diet and anti-fungals. We spent several years digging, researching, reading, and experimenting. Over time we started putting the puzzle pieces together and implementing them.
Our candida overgrowth and symptoms eased, then disappeared, and have been kept in control since.
The events in our lives change us. We become who we are because of them. Our events taught us to embrace a healthier lifestyle and created a passion to take care of the bodies God gives us.
Travis and I have been married for 24 years and are the homeschooling parents of six children. He used to say, “I feel like an 80 year old man in a 20 year old body”. But now we can both say without hesitation that we feel better in our 40’s than we ever did in our 20’s.
In 2017 I became a Certified Health Specialist and Level 3 Metabolic Effect Nutritional Consultant.
Today I combine our personal experience with my expertise as a health coach, teacher, author, and researcher. My goal is to bring you safe, natural, and effective research so that you don't have to wade through years of trial and error like we did.
You can browse hundreds of natural wellness articles and healthy recipes on our blog.
Multiple cookbooks and ebooks are available through our store.
And if your curious about our favorite brands and recommended products our family loves, check them out here.
Our online programs include:
- Kicking Candida, a step-by-step online course with lessons, recipes, videos, and unparalleled support so that recurring yeast infections, brain fog, skin rashes, fatigue, and bloating is a thing of the past.
- Metabolism Unlocked, a uniquely personalized program to help you balance your hormones, readapt sluggish metabolism, and remove stubborn fat.
You can contact me here.
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