Big Announcement – I’m a Hero!

Big Announcement – I’m a Hero!

I’m extremely honored to announce that I am now part of the amazing team at HERO​, a Portland based company I connected with at my son’s wrestling tournament earlier this year.

Hero makes delicious, nutritious energy bites, specifically for youth athletes in mind. What I am super excited about is that Hero is so much more than just performance fuel!

Hero celebrates, inspires, and empowers young athletes to achieve their full potential in every aspect of their life.

Hero’s mission and the wholesome, all-natural, real food ingredients used to create their product totally resonates with what I am passionate about as well!

Although nutrition has always been important to me, helping my sons fuel for performance on the mat, and then seeing how it transferred off the mat in some seriously impactful ways, completely inspired me to pursue my nutrition education and now, career. I can’t think of a more perfect partnership!

This endeavor is in ADDITION to my work with Diane Sanfilippo​! That’s my OTHER dream job…along with consulting via my own business, Nourishing Excellence Nutritional Therapy​. Yes, I am one busy woman, but I’m doing what I am passionate about. This work is what lights me up!

I would be super honored and appreciate if you checked out Hero by going to their Facebook page and liking them – also check out their website and their HEROFUEL Protein bars. I love the protein bars for myself too, not just for my son (only one left at home now and pictured below). If you have school aged athletes, you’ve got to check out The Quest:

“The Quest is a competition for athletes to complete challenges, earn badges, and gain points. At the end of the season, the athletes with the most points earn grants.

The Quest pushes athletes not only to excel on the field in their respective sport, but also off the field in the classroom and in the community. “


My son, Zack, enjoying some HEROFUEL off season!

My job with Hero will be contributing to their blog twice a month – with the goal of educating and empower parents to realize the impact of real food like I did. So, if you sign up for the newsletter, you’ll get to see what I’m writing about when it comes to fueling young athletes!


My role is to provide nutritional writing and advice to Team Hero. I’m actually more excited about how nutrition plays a role off the mat/field or out of the gym. What can transpire for you child in every area of their life plays a big role in what “light’s me up!” – as Diane Sanfilippo often asks her fans (What lights you up?) and then she says….”Do that!” I’m doing what “light’s me up” – sharing the word about how real whole food plays a significant difference in every aspect of your child’s life. My links to purchase Herofuel are to Amazon where I have an affiliate account. I get a very small affiliate income from Amazon, which helps support my work. Additionally, when participants that sign up for The 21-Day Sugar Detox via my affiliate link, I earn a small commission. I only promote what I truly believe in.

If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at

About the Author:

I am a Portland, Oregon based Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, writer, wife, & mom of 3 amazing spirited sons. My passion is to inspire hope and to help you and/or your loved ones overcome mental, emotional & behavioral challenges such as anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Asperger’s, and depression – as well as neurological dysfunctions such as sensory processing disorder and the associated health conditions that come with these challenges. In collaboration with your medical team, I support these issues through therapeutic diet and lifestyle programs so that you and your family can live purposeful, happy lives. I work with individuals and families both in-person and remotely, conduct group 21-Day Sugar Detox Classes (because getting control of sugar should be foundational to any healing protocol), and am available for media interviews and content contribution. Lastly, I've been a wrestling mom for 10 years now and have worked tirelessly, mastering an optimal performance and weight management plan for high school athletes. I’m happy to speak to groups and organizations who are interested in the topics I am most passionate about.

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