Meet Julie

With my own personal history of a breast cancer scare, difficulties with ovarian cysts, digestive issues, and anxiety, I draw upon my experience and education to help clients. My focus is on nutritional and herbal support for women’s health issues, immune system health, reducing the toxic load, stress & anxiety management.

Mission:
Leading people to happier, healthier lives by teaching the mind-body-spirit-world connection.

Here’s a little more about me and my journey to health….

​I am a graduate of Bauman College in the field of holistic nutrition and I studied herbalism for three years under the direction and guidance of Rosemary Gladstar and other elder herbalists. ​I am a Reiki Practitioner (Usui lineage) and received my level II attunement in the spring of 2020. My husband and I own and operate Artfully Grown Farm, a small community supported agriculture farm, that focuses on growing organic produce and herbs and also raise chickens. I have seen first-hand what herbs and nutrition can do to support a person’s overall well-being. I am a mother to three amazing children, from whom I learn from almost every day. I love to create and be creative in all areas of my life. If you don’t find me in the kitchen, you’ll find me in the gardens speaking with the plants! The name Whole Choice Living is about two things: 

  • wellness is that which makes up the whole person: mind-body-spirit-world (our environment)

  • how we live, think, behave is a choice. It's not about having full control over things we can't, it's about making the best choices we can for our own individual situations.

My journey to living more naturally started back in 2009. My father had just recently passed away from lung cancer. My youngest was about to turn 2 years old when I found a lump in my breast. As you can imagine, it made me quite nervous as I had just lost my father to cancer. To make a very long story short, I was told I had breast cancer. A Stage 0 cancer – not invasive, yet the first surgeon I saw suggested I get a mastectomy. I was scared; my children were young. Thank goodness I am a seeker of knowledge by nature. Because I did my own research and sought out a second opinion, I still have all my body parts and no invasive cancer! But it hasn't been easy. I lived for years scared that the next time I went in for a check up was the time the doctors would tell me things had changed. I was stressed out!  While in holistic nutrition school, I learned about how stress can cause so much damage to our overall wellness. I needed to let go of the fear and take control of what I could.

This was a wake up call for me. I took a serious look at what I was putting on my body, in my body and surrounding myself AND my family by. I started making my own soaps and body products and got rid of toxic items in our home. We amped up our garden and started living more naturally. I learned the importance of managing my stress with mindful breathing, herbs, nature therapy, yoga, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), my artwork, writing, music, and now self-Reiki. 

 

In hind sight, I feel it was all a blessing because it lead me here; to a place of peace and self acceptance. I'd like to teach what I've learned.

In Peace & Green Blessings,

Julie

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