Hi. I'm Cynthia
intermittent fasting expert, nutrition educator, and nurse practitioner empowering women to live vibrant and healthy lives
A short 27 days after returning home from my hospitalization, my life changed forever. I was scheduled to give a TEDx talk about the power of intermittent fasting – and it went viral! As of March 2021, it has over 8 million views. Now my mission is to continue educating people about the transformative power of functional nutrition and intermittent fasting! In particular, I focus on supporting women to overcome issues related to lack of energy, weight gain, and food cravings.
I worked in clinical medicine, both in the ER and cardiology, for nearly 20 years. Although I respect the power of conventional medicine to treat disease and save lives, I began to think more about the root causes of the chronic health issues. Soon I recognized the powerful relationship between food and my patients’ health and wellness. This led me to do advanced training in nutrition and functional testing so I could help others enjoy optimal health before they needed emergency care.
Then this passion became personal. In 2019, as I was traveling back home to Washington, DC, from a romantic Hawaiian vacation with my husband, I had a serious health scare. I found myself in the ER with a ruptured appendix, inflamed colon, and many other complications. During my 13-day hospital stay, I was too sick to eat and too weak to leave my bed. The thought of my 2 boys sustained me through this scary experience. As I recovered, I was determined to support my body’s healing through the power of nutrition.
My passion is nutritional science, but I’m most proud of my titles of mom and wife! I have all boys, including two Doodles and a loving, patient, and supportive husband. I want to be fully present and invested in these relationships, and I recognize that my ability to do that is very dependent on my own mentality, energy, and overall health. I want to help other women experience this optimal wellness so they can focus on the things and people that are most important in their life!
I started to see a powerful relationship between the foods that we eat and improved symptoms, health and wellness. When I saw my patients see big improvements in their health, I was inspired to do advanced training in nutrition and functional testing.
Unexpectedly, in 2019 I had a significant health care hiccup. I was traveling back home to Washington, DC, from a romantic Hawaiian vacation with my husband, and 48hrs later I found myself in the ER with a ruptured appendix, inflamed colon and bought myself a 13 day hospital stay with further complications.
Things got really serious when I couldn’t leave my bed, I couldn’t eat, I had tubes everywhere, drains coming from my abdomen, and was too weak to deal with anything in my normal daily activities. I was away from my home, my family and my world was very small.
My two things that pulled me through this were my boys and the visualization of seeing myself on the TEDx stage, delivering my intermittent fasting talk. I used this technique to keep me motivated on recovery. Nothing prepares you for being a patient when you are used to being the health care provider.
I’m happy to report that I graced the TEDx stage 27 days after returning home from my hospitalization and my life changed forever. The YouTube video of my TEDx talk, as of March 2020 has been viewed by over 7.3 million people. This has lead to incredible opportunities that I am so grateful for.
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