About Me

Some personal stuff about me:  I’m an Army wife, a step mom to a teenage boy named Cody, and a dog mom to two small mixed breed rescue dogs.  We have a 7.5 lb male Chiweenie named Noah, and a 15 lb female Cocker Spaniel/Cairn Terrier/Miniature Poodle mix named Miette.   I’m a crime show junkie, and makeup, clothes & accessories hoarder.

My goal is to help you understand the importance of exercise, avoiding toxins and find doable lifestyle modifications to improve your quality of life. I’ve spent years researching, trying tons of nontoxic products, experimenting with auto-immune friendly recipes, and working out through fatigue. I understand how overwhelming making changes seem be when you barely have enough energy to get through the day. But I also know how much better I feel since implementing these changes, and that’s why I want to share this information with you and be your guide to get fit.

Why am I so passionate about natural living?  In 2009 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, put on synthetic thyroid hormone, and told I would feel better within a few weeks.  Well, the opposite happened, I felt progressively worse and worse.  Each time my medication was increased I felt even worse despite having normal blood work.  In 2012, after being told too many times “I don’t know why you still feel bad”, “it’s not your thyroid”,  I was fed up!  I decided to research what lifestyle changes I could make that would help me feel better.

What I learned was that there are all sorts of toxic chemicals in food, personal care products, cosmetics, and household cleaners.  Why does that matter?  Because when we are exposed to toxins it affects our overall health!  So I decided to take matters into my own hands and try out all sorts of changes such as elimination diets, fitness approaches, and by eliminating toxic products from our home.  The difference in how I feel now versus how I felt in 2012 is like night and day!

In 2014 I finally found out that I have Hashimoto’s when a new doctor ordered another antibody test.  I suspected that anyway since approximately 90% of people with Hypothyroidism in the US have Hashimoto’s.  As of August of 2015, I’m in sub-clinical hypothyroidism and not on medication.  As long as I stick to my lifestyle changes, I’m symptom free.  When I lax up (and let’s face it, I do, because no one is perfect), I always feel the effects.

If you’re ready to try out lifestyle modifications, come back often!  I share fitness motivation, clean eating tips, and reviews of nontoxic products.  If you need help with fitness, I’m your girl!  It just so happens that I’m a certified personal trainer, a fitness coach and a PiYo Live instructor, so I can definitely help you, especially if you too have Hashimoto’s, because I understand what it’s like to live with it on a daily basis!.

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  1. I am Amanda’s mom and can attest to her lifelong interest in health and wellness. I recall at 10 she would run circles around the house since I was not a jogger and would not allow her to jog alone. At 13 she informed me that when she was grown that all her food would be non-fat. We realize now that no fat in your diet isn’t a good thing but it shows her interest in following a healthy lifestyle. I have watched her struggle with hypothyroidism, with her search for answers concerning her health that lead her to start doing her own research on products and their impact on our bodies. I have watched as she began to make changes to incorporate clean products of every type resulting in a happier and healthier daughter.

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