Hi, I’m Cheri, thanks for stopping by! I am a foodie and for over 20 years I've savored every moment of my marketing career in the world of food and beverages. I’ve worked for a celebrity chef in Beverly Hills, handcrafted premium chocolate in Switzerland & San Francisco, picked and roasted coffee in Costa Rica, learned how to make the donuts, thrown pizza dough and so much more.
Sounds fun, huh? Oh what a glorious ride it’s been!
In 2016 I was first diagnosed with skin cancer and my chemotherapy left me with permanent neuropathy in my lower legs and feet which forced me to become less active. I also started gaining weight and my blood pressure went through the roof! I endured a rollercoaster ride of 6 different blood thinners and blood pressure medications over the next few years during which I was hospitalized with A-Fib, tachycardia and elevated heart proteins more times than I can remember. At 42 I was in the worst shape of my life.
In 2018 I became my own health advocate (and now a health coach!) in order to save my own life and restore my health. Through this journey, I discovered DASH (Dietary Approach to Stopping Hypertension), a lifestyle which gifted me tools, knowledge and hope to improve my health in a way that many cardiologists, specialists and medications had not.
The principles of DASH focus on reducing your sodium intake, and through that process, eliminating salty, processed foods and other food sensitivities that damage your health. For me, eating a DASH lifestyle and consistent daily walks (6000+ steps) helped me achieve and maintain a healthy weight and blood pressure without calorie counting, strict diets or prescriptions.
If you’ve read this far, congratulations. If you want to join me in eating and living for a healthy, happy heart, keep reading. It is my promise to use this space as a treasure trove of recipes and tips for what works for me in my journey to achieve and maintain a healthy BMI, normal blood pressure and overall good health -- using real food as my medicine. Here's to pretty healthy eating, sipping and happy living!