I was born on April, 13, 1961 in Wheeling, WV, where I was given the name Victoria Suzette. I later moved to grow up in Steubenville, OH where, not too long after, I was given the name Vicki by my 1st grade peers and it has stuck with me ever since. After growing up, in the small town of Steubenville, I relocated to Pennsylvania in hopes to pursue, what I thought was my dream at the time, accounting. After four “studious” years, I graduated from Seton Hill University in 1983 with a BS in Accounting. Shortly thereafter, my accounting degree moved me to Washington, DC to work as my husband would say “an acrobat” for Feld Entertainment, aka Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus but in all reality the only def defining stunts I was doing was balancing the check books. This life at Ringling had me exploring the streets of D.C where one night, I wondered into a rugby party and with some liquid courage, I asked my husband (then a random good looking guy) to dance. As cliché as it might sound, the rest is history as a few dates later we married June 24, 1989. My husband and his career ultimately blessed with the opportunity to live, work and travel all across the world for 16 years in hopes for pursuing my own passions. Those years of travel lead us to settle down in Arizona with our two beautiful daughters, and our two not so beautiful cats.

I have been passionate about healthy eating most of my life. Gosh, I was the kid who would much rather have cheese from the Easter Bunny rather then candy. I subscribed to Cooking Light magazine for many years. I loved making delicious low fat meals. December 2011 I injured my back working out with weights at the gym. I went to see a chiropractor. The adjustments were not helping so I went for an MRI to find out I had a 9mm herniated disk at L5/S1. I was told I needed surgery immediately. I was devastated. I wanted to avoid surgery and relieve my severe pain naturally. At the time I was popping Advil like candy. I lost weight and hair. I looked like I was 130. While waiting to get in to see a neurosurgeon, I laid flat on my back in pain googling natural remedies. While doing so, I learned more and more about eating good fat, real food and how bad sugar was for us. I finally got into to see Dr. Kakarla at the Barrow Neurological Institute. Dr. Kakarla told me I did not want to have surgery unless I absolutely needed it. He sent me to PT and pain management. I am happy to say I avoided surgery.

 

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