After years of working with clients and not seeing results due to improper nutrition, I decided it was time to solve this issue head-on. I became very disillusioned with Standard American Diet (SAD) recommendations and experienced first-hand how ineffective they were when I watched my own weight increase despite the hours of exercise I put in weekly. It was incredibly frustrating!
How fortunate I was to have become a student at Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I learned all the “secrets” to healing the body, staying fit and maintaining a balanced weight effortlessly.
Little did I know at the time of graduation that I would be putting my education to work immediately on my own daughter…
You see, at the tender age of 16 she was diagnosed with a hormonal disorder called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). The symptoms of PCOS are: irregular periods, acne, weight gain and facial hair, all very painful to experience as a teenager. Sadly, the very first and only remedies offered her were birth control pills and accutane…can you imagine?! Wanting to avoid medications at all costs, we tirelessly sought alternative methods together. After learning that processed, chemically-laden foods only worsened the symptoms of PCOS, I dove into my holistic test kitchen and developed detoxes and meals that are wholesome, delicious, portable and teenage-friendly. We found her root cause of PCOS and cured it. Two years later, she was (and still is) completely healed…no pills necessary.
That’s when I knew I had found my life’s purpose…healing people through holistic nutrition.
Maria Ulbricht has been in the health and fitness industry since 1987. A former dancer, she has always been fascinated by both movement and nutrition. After exploring many areas of nutrition, she finally found the perfect fit as a Holistic Health Counselor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. As a board certified holistic health practitioner as well as a certified yoga instructor, personal trainer, TRX instructor, Pilates instructor and mother of three, she is able to draw from these many areas of wellness, thereby creating a balanced lifestyle for herself and her clients. Maria spends countless hours helping her clients heal from their various illnesses and weight issues, and does not rest until they are cured.