Several months after the birth of my second child, I hit a low point in my self esteem and I knew I needed help. I had lost motivation in the gym, and was convinced my nutrition wasn’t “that bad”. I voiced my desire for a trainer to my husband, who was totally supportive and my adventure began. My trainer introduced me to HIIT training, or high intensity interval training. From there I found CrossFit and fell in love, I also found myself pregnant with our third child. I continued CrossFit throughout the pregnancy and felt great. After the birth of our third girl, I became very consistent with exercise, but found myself plateauing once again. Luckily, my friend was a nutritionist and I started working with her. Since I felt my nutrition was “fine”, I didn’t think it would work. Not only did I shed 10 pounds in a blink of an eye, I felt so good the first month, I was hooked. Within 6 months, not only had I made a drastic transformation, I was inspiring people. My husband joined the journey with my and we soaked up as much knowledge as we could about nutrition. How to eat. What foods were best for our lifestyle and our body. I started realizing that there were foods that I was sensitive to, I also took dairy out of my diet and eventually gluten. I had always loved cooking, and with our newfound lifestyle, I was starting to replace our commercial snacks and condiments with ones that were homemade. From there I started cooking for friends and family, never thinking I would open a business.
I have always enjoyed helping people, I spent 5 years as a Firefighter in Florida, and became a nurse when we moved to Georgia. I worked as an Emergency Room nurse for 7 years and I loved every minute of it. The human body is amazing, what we are capable of is unimaginable. But I started to find joy in cooking for people and found energy in the food I was eating. I had never felt better, and here I was late 30’s with 3 kids. So, in March of 2016, I quit my consistent paycheck and opened Paleo Num Yums in a tiny kitchen that we renovated inside of a CrossFit gym. My vision included a concierge meal prep company that not only used the resources that helped me reach my goals, but added in the conveniences that my husband and I felt were missing when we went through the most difficult times of our health journey. Nutrition is confusing and frustrating to many people. We vowed to be that smiling face that guided people on their own health transformation. We are a family owned and operated meal prep company that specializes in customizable meal plans and family dinners, teaching people how to enjoy the foods they love in the lifestyle they desire.
In 2015, I found myself at a fundraiser Gala listening to a family talk about the life changing cancer diagnosis in a little girl named Charlie. She was the same age as one of my little girls, and with tears running down my face, I realized there was something much bigger than me. The next year, I accepted my nomination to run for Woman of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I had no fundraising experience, raised $36,000, was awarded the Community Involvement Award, and made some of the most amazing and selfless friends in the process. It was about so much more than asking people for money. It was about the fact that I had a healthy, beautiful family and cancer does not discriminate. It doesn’t care your age, or sex, or what you do, and it affects everyone around it. Every year I am involved I am re-invigorated by the people around me. Knowing that, in a small way, I am doing my part to find a cure for cancer helps me appreciate the seemingly small struggles I face. Please donate if you are compelled, or find a cause that you are passionate about and get involved.