Bio

Great to meet you and thanks for stopping by. I’ve had the writing bug in me ever since I was a kid, as I was born a bookworm and word lover (Boggle has always been my favorite game). Today, as a professional journalist who’s known for turning complex topics into easy-to-digest nuggets of information for consumers, I write about fitness, health, nutrition, travel and animals for numerous leading national  print and digital publications.

Magazines aren’t my only focus, though. In 2012, St. Martin’s published my first book, Understanding Your Food Allergies and Intolerances, which I co-authored with two Harvard physicians. My second book, Anti-Aging Hacks, was published by Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Order it now.

A few more interesting tidbits:
For eight years each, I was a contributing editor for Woman’s Day and fitness columnist for Allure and was even a contributing health editor for TheBeet.com before it closed its operations. Currently, I’m a contributing writer for VegNews.

My work — features in Dr. Oz the Good Life, Prevention, O the Oprah Magazine and Oxygen – has won four Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence Awards from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

My career-related travels have allowed me to do some pretty cool things like … skydive from 15,000 feet over the Swiss Alps, complete two 10Ks on the same day on two different continents (Australia and North America – thanks, Nike!), tandem paraglide off the top of Rendezvous Mountain in Jackson Hole, harvest grapes at a vineyard in Italy, swim with penguins and sea lions in the wild in the Galapagos, hike into Machu Picchu, do yoga on the world’s largest observation wheel in Las Vegas, drive a real race car solo on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and cruise to places like Russia, Estonia, Norway, Portugal, Alaska, and the Danube and Rhine Rivers.

I’ve been a panelist, speaker, even a judge for various organizations and events, including the Public Relations Society of America; American Spa Magazine’s Women in Wellness Awards; the National Publicity Summit; and the Global Wellness Summit.

I’ve also been honored to be a guest on many talk shows and podcasts (I love talking about veganism and healthy living!). Examples include:

  • Vegan Pulse (watch here)
  • Fat to Fit Wellness (watch here)
  • SHEVega Talks (listen here)
  • Longevity Power Summit (watch here)
  • Talk Vegan (listen here)
  • United Intentions’ Good Intentions show (watch here)
  • Just Ask David radio show (listen here)
  • Dr. Fitness and the Fat Guy (listen here)
  • Delicious Living Magazine’s webinars (watch here)
  • WebMD’s Health Now podcast (listen here)

Two of the stand-outs, though? Being a guest on Chef AJ Live’s show, which aired in March 2021 (watch here) and Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan podcast (listen here).

And a fun fact: I was a finalist in PETA’s Sexiest Vegan Over 50 contest in 2019. Although I didn’t snag the win, I was honored to have been selected a finalist in this international contest — besides, it was a great way to own turning 50!

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But do I really practice what I, er, write? Absolutely.
I crave physical activity as much as I do chocolate (Endangered Species, to be exact – love that it has Hoosier roots, too!). My favorite activity? Anything that involves snow (and the more snow, the better!), especially cross country skiing, which may explain why I’m hooked on Nordic walking. It’s based on Nordic skiing, sans the snow, so I can do it year-round. I’ve won five Nordic walking world championships (two marathons and three half-marathons) and at one time, even held six world records and was ranked #1 woman in the world. Several of my records still hold.

Exercise is only part of the equation, though, and diet is equally, if not more, important. That’s why I follow a plant-only diet and vegan lifestyle. I’m certified in plant-based nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and am a certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator through Main Street Vegan Academy. I’ve been a vegan mentor with PETA and currently mentor through Vegan Outreach (request a mentor here).

I’ve even served as a board member for PEAK Animal Sanctuary in Freedom, Ind.,  Indiana’s first sanctuary for farmed animals.

By the way, I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and literature from Miami University in Ohio and a master’s degree in literature from Indiana University. I’m a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Society of American Travel Writers and hold certifications from the American Council on Exercise as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer, both of which I’ve used to train clients and teach everything from step to Spinning.

And while I don’t have human office colleagues, I do have fur ones! I share an office (where I use a standing desk over 90% of the time) with Toby, a Maine Coon rescue; Barney, a golden/lab mix I fostered through GRRACE for several months before adopting; and Ellie, a puppy mill survivor who’s another foster win through GRRACE. Not only do I foster for GRRACE, I also transport dogs and serve as a foster rep. And I love the volunteer work I do with Humane Fort Wayne through which I fostered my first dog Macy, a paralyzed pittie mix.

My work in animal rescue plus being an ethical vegan is what truly fuels me, and I hope I can help wake the world up to see that animals are friends, not food. Quoting George Bernard Shaw, “Animals are my friends … and I don’t eat my friends.” Paws crossed you won’t eat either.