I'm Mariah, a Holistic Health Coach, and Wellness Blogger. The inspiration for this blog came from my wellness journey, which began about 7 years ago.
The majority of my life I struggled with digestive issues. At the age of 19 I was put on medication for my acid reflux, anxiety, and depression. A little voice inside my head told me there had to be a better way. That's when I discovered my many food sensitivities. Never once did I think that FOOD could be the root cause of all my issues. (Who knew those Special K bars weren't doing me any good..) In order to eliminate my symptoms, I knew I needed to make some major changes.
I didn't know the first thing about gluten-free living. I grew up with an Italian family.. so you can only imagine how much gluten I was consuming.
At first I was upset, but eventually I found the light. If I was going to commit to this new lifestyle, I had to go all in. Not long after I eliminated those irritating foods, I started feeling better. A lot better. I was enjoying my new lifestyle, and that's when I decided to start creating my own recipes!
I wanted a platform to share my recipes, workouts, and healthy living tips! And that my friends, is when Fresh Water Peaches was born!
Fast forward almost 3 years..
I decided to pursue my love for nutrition & fitness as a career. I got certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine to become a trainer. After working with many clients, I realized that fitness can only take you so far. The real changes happen when you have a beautiful combination of consistent training AND a balanced diet. That's what sparked the idea of becoming a Health Coach. I graduated from the Institute For Integrative Nutrition in July 2018.
In February of 2019 I decided to further my education through one of IIN's advanced programs. I will complete their Gut Health course in August 2019, and will be accepting new clients at that time. I love combining my knowledge of nutrition and fitness to help my clients, (and my Peaches) live their best life!
Expect to find simple, delicious recipes that are of course, gluten, dairy and grain free! (All of my recipes and photography are original.) You'll also find everything from my favorite workout outfits, to health podcasts, safer beauty products and essential oils!
My true passion is to help as many people become healthier and happier!
I hope we can learn and grow together!