I moved to Seattle from Alaska in August of 2001. I am a nutrition graduate from Bastyr Naturopathic University and am a personal trainer and holistic health counselor (receiving additional education from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition). I have opened up a practice in the Seattle area and love to assist people in meeting their health, fitness, and nutrition goals in person and by phone. I also love trying new recipes and testing them out of friends and family, but have missed cooking a great deal while transitioning from a student to a business owner. I'm hoping to have more time to experiment in the kitchen for both personal and business reasons! I have successfully three marathons in the last 3 years - running has been a great stress release for me and has been a wonderful way to make friends here. I'm passionate about sustainable food, running, nutrition, individual and world peace, turtles, and my friends. I have a strong dislike for cold weather and violence. If I had a month off and enough cash to do so, I would travel to Costa Rica and explore as much of the land there that I could get my hands on (then buy property for a wellness center)! If I had a month off with no money, I'd focus on my running, trying new recipes, deepening existing friendships and sleeping in! You may know me on this site as VeganRunner, but I am no longer maintaining a vegan lifestyle.