As far back as I can remember I was interested in how the human body worked. It still amazes me that the foods we eat keep us going each day and that they keep us going well (good health) or poorly (disease/bad health). My fascination with how nutrition affects the body fueled me to want to know more, especially as I got more involved in competitive sports. This fascination led me to obtain my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition. I wanted to understand just how it all worked together – how what we eat impacts how we feel, perform, live and experience health.
During and after college I worked for many popular weight loss centers as both a counselor and educator. This allowed me to work directly with people and contribute to them living better healthier lives, a passion of mine. However, I soon realized that while each “program” offered its share of successes, I saw many shortcomings as well (i.e. eating only pre-packaged foods, too low in calories, etc.). These shortcomings were highlighted as the same clients would find their way to each new location where I worked still seeking “a magic pill”. I knew there was a better way…
The better way was to open my own nutrition counseling practice where one-on-one care could be given to truly educate clients. After working with hundreds of clients helping them achieve success for better health one component was still missing – exercise (proper movement). It was at this time that I began to work in the health club environment in hopes of giving clients a more balanced approach to lasting success.
Through these years as I was paying attention to how food choices impacted success in weight loss and performance. It was clear that when it comes to “proper” food intake no individual is just like another so true vitality is about more than just calories.
Hoping to impact a greater number of people, I took a position with a national nutrition education company. I was involved in educating hundreds of Fitness Professionals all over the country and later moved on to work corporately as their Director of Research & Development. During this time my team and I oversaw the development and launch of the bodybugg calorie management system in health clubs nationwide. What is now common to wear on your wrist was very new technology at the time. It was very exciting to take part in the launch of such new and cutting edge technology and see people reach their goals easier and faster. Ultimately, I viewed these career changes as a way to “reach the masses” and thus help more people achieve better health.
Along the way with my busy career, the many years I spent playing sports started to take their toll. Sudden debilitating back pain became a new reality and an x-ray revealed a fractured vertabrae (Spondylolisthesis) common in gymnasts so I began to seek non surgical ways to heal and stablize my back. I spent the next several years working through severe chronic back pain.
There were many ups and downs but rather than focus on the challenges relating to periods of forced inactivity (and since giving up is not my nature) I used this time to refine my knowledge, which led to spending time in the kitchen. Refining the make up of foods I ate had a great impact on my healing, which led me to want to share with others even more.
During this time the best thing happened, I met and married my husband Kris Kademian, a lifelong practitioner and Master of martial arts. He has a very scientific approach to practicing martial arts which introduced me to a different perspective about movement from both the physical and mental health standpoints.
I had spent way too many years doing “one sided” western sports and activities that over time weakened my body. Karate inherently does the opposit, revealing weaknesses and shortcomings allowing the practitioner to make adjustments, improve weaknesses and gain strength. Through proper Karate practice I have now been able to obtain physical (structural) balance through proper movement and am happily pain free!
Today, I can wholeheartedly say that the most influential gains in my health and wellness are due to the combination of Karate training, wholesome nutrition, supplements and essential oils. Together these provide natural health solutions or what I like to call the Karate way of life, a true path to health and vitality.
My desire is to help and guide others by sharing my knowledge and experience. I am passionate about postively influencing others on their path to wellness and better living through traditional Karate practice, sound nutrition and natural solutions.