Hello there! I am so glad you're here. I'm Cameo!
I live in beautiful Colorado with a handsome man for a husband, a sweet pup named Oakley, and a family of friends. I grew up in Arizona where I later attended Arizona State to pursue my dream of being an organized crime detective. The messiness of life diverted me to Colorado, where my heart has always been.
When we arrived in Colorado, young and poor, we brought along heartache and illness and a total loss of purpose. I was extremely overweight, medicated to near numbness both physically and emotionally, and couldn't get through a single day without a four-hour nap. These sort of issues began in college and compounded themselves through a difficult marriage journey. I would sleep, wake up to eat, go back to sleep. I used food to numb and sleep to avoid, which worked out well for me because I had no energy to do much else.
I was put on antidepressants, thyroid medication, restless leg syndrome medication, sleeping pills, and birth control. Pills were thrown at me with hopes they could "get to the bottom of this". I had sleep tests, MRIs, stress tests, all of it. There wasn't a single doctor who said "what are you eating?" despite my obvious nutritional deficiencies and rapid weight gain. I figured I would try eating "healthy", so I ran the gamut of diets, trying whatever sounded right. I tried low-fat, vegan, low calorie (at one point dropping to 500 calories PER DAY), whole-wheat, artificial sweeteners, soy...all of it. My life was in a constant state of taking pills and trying a new diet, only to become more sick, more tired, more depressed, and more overweight.
At my lowest point, I was hitting the scale at 220+ pounds and the sickest I have ever been. I started searching for a new doctor and new answers and found both. My sister recommended paleo and I found a doctor that practiced integrative medicine. I went to the library that day and picked up close to ten books and flipped them all that night. I downloaded podcasts, read blogs, browsed Pinterest, and read through hundreds of recipes. The grocery list was foreign and I didn't know what most of it was anyway so I asked and asked and asked and learned and learned and learned. My love of learning pushed me deeper into this new world and everything started clicking. It all made sense. For the first time in my life, I realized that it all starts with food.
I poured everything into this newfound passion of mine and worked hard to do it. Today, I'm on zero medication and have lost 70 pounds. My hair has grown back, I sleep through the night and power through the day, my digestion is near flawless, I don't have PMS (can we say hallelujah!), I am energized, and I am HAPPY. I never thought I would see the day where I didn't take an antidepressant, yet here I am, three years removed from that last medication. My journey didn't stop there though. A fire was lit in my soul and it refined my purpose, my passion. I used my journey to become a certified nutritionist and now dedicate my life to empowering women to do more, love big, and live unapologetically.
I am honored to share my story, always. My soul is filled with joy to have walked my journey of healing, spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
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