Hi, I’m Sam!
I can’t wait to help you achieve better health, feel good, and have the confidence you deserve.
Circa Easter, 1999 shortly after being diagnosed.
When I was diagnosed with cancer, my children were two and five.
It was not my life that flashed before my eyes, it was theirs.
It’s later than you think. Stop waiting for the “right time”. Life doesn’t wait. I had Stage 3 Colon Cancer when I was 29. That was my wake up call to stop living off of candy bars, cheeseburgers and orange sodas.
This picture is of my family taken shortly after my first chemo treatment and I already needed to wear a hat. My children were 2 and 5 at the time and I knew I had to do all I could to keep myself healthy.
I feel so strongly that it’s our food that is causing disease (including cancer), It’s hard to have a love affair with something I believe is causing so much sickness. When I was diagnosed in 1999, the cancer statistics were 1 in 3. I think it’s 1 in 2 now. That scares me enough, along with I def don’t want to be sick again, that drives me to eat for my health and do what I can to keep my body healthy.
I also totally understand living healthy is also a lifestyle and no it’s not going to be perfect all of the time. So if I do want to indulge from time to time, I don’t feel guilty when I do! It doesn’t mean I’ve fallen off the wagon just bc I ate something not deemed healthy.
That’s what healthy living is all about: not living by a label, but rather a healthy, balanced life. Lose the way society has brainwashed you about your relationship with food and the guilt associated with it when their way of ‘dieting’ says you've cheated or fallen below what they say the standard is. Set your own standard and don't give food that much power over your life.
My story didn't start the way you may think.
When I was 29 years old, weighing only 120 pounds at the time, my story started in a hospital recovery room post-colonoscopy, still groggy from the anesthesia, hearing the word every person fears.
I went on an all out search trying to find what I needed to do to be healthy-to prepare my body to fight this disease, to improve my immune system-whatever I could do to live- but no one could tell me how to do that. All I found were diet plans telling me how to count calories and count points.
But I tried them. Oh how I tried them. Everything from the cabbage soup diet to counting points and counting calories. But here's the thing: I was still sick.
I ended up feeling confused more than anything because the logic behind eating whatever I wanted-cake, pie and the like, all while making sure I stayed under my calories or points, didn't make sense to me. And at the time, FEAR of DYING was my driving force and it simply was not logical that I was "allowed" to eat all of those things and still help me achieve my sole purpose- -and that was survival!
Just because you're dieting my friend, doesn't mean you're healthy. Weighing less than 130 pounds and what some would consider 'skinny' I was still facing a killer disease.
If you truly want long lasting weight loss, if you truly want to feel better and look better (because don't we all!?), and if you truly want to live a fulfilling, energetic life where you can choose to do anything you want without physical limitations, then you must stop focusing solely on losing weight.
You must learn to EAT FOR BETTER HEALTH, while shifting from a dieting mindset to a lifestyle mindset. When that happens, you'll not only have those things you desire, but you'll also lose weight in the process....weight that won't come back.
I'm on a mission to help you do that.
I'm on a mission to help you break free from the chains of dieting and experience food freedom.
I'm on a mission to help you live the life you're longing for to spend with the ones you love.
Obsessed with your success,
When you change your thinking, you change your actions, when you change your actions you change your future.
Our Mission at Nourish is to teach health and wellness to others to not only fight the obesity crisis, but inflammation and disease that is rampant in our homes, communities, and country.
As we educate and empower women across the globe how to eat for better health and change the way they think about food and themselves, not only will their life be changed, but entire families will be transformed, creating healthier habits and decreasing obesity and disease in future generations to come.