Hello, Debbie here, extending a warm welcome to my website, geographically located in sweet home Chicago, USA. The brainchild of WMMCO was born in 2014; but life is what happens while we are busy making other plans. After life-shaking changes, my dreams are resuscitated to finally flower and bloom in late 2015.
Who Moved My Coconut Oil is where all my worlds collide in a neat simpatico way that stirs a real tug of happiness for me. And if I have done a good job you will be encouraged, energized, motivated and certainly enticed to visit often, stay awhile and participate. I love your company.
I am a certified personal trainer and nutritionist, owner of Conquer Fitness LLC, a passionate home-chef obsessed with all things culinary with a love of gardening, long distance endurance cycling, hot yoga and strength-training. And how nice that obsessive prop shopping, breathtaking cookware, new dishes and fancy gadgets are superbly ‘work related’. Adventuresome and wanderlust wishes fill my bucket list. I prefer champagne over wine but thick German lager with a wedge trumps all. Viewing life as an ‘I Love Lucy’ sitcom, there are typical shades of sarcasm in my humor (or is it humor in my sarcasm).
Making impromptu appearances will be Kiana, my small but mighty long-coat German Shepherd. Rescued at 5-months old, emaciated and runted her tiny 14 lb. body quickly grew into her big head and plume of a tail. Stubborn as can be and crazy fast, she’s the sweetest part of my life and allows me to live with her if you know what I’m saying.
Blessed with the quintessential homemaker as a mother, I remember scraping the chairs across the kitchen floor so as to climb up there and have my hands in her way. She and my Grandma both were my skilled and patient teachers, extending extreme kitchen privileges that today might raise an eyebrow. Applauded flops, tolerated mistakes, smiled upon and choked down awful combinations altogether sparked culinary curiosity, confidence and bright signs of moxie that matured into insatiable appetites for beautiful food, flavor and cooking innovation. Bon Appétit, Larousse Gastronomique, Jacques Pépin and the ever-aplomb Julia Child were my north stars, with Mom & Dad always the loving and loyal patrons.
Simple sides and cake mixes graduated to Lobster Thermidor, flambés that threatened to burn the house down and pastas from scratch. All which naturally oiled the path to my still-thriving addiction of utensils, gadgetry and cookbooks. Frankly I take full credit for making Crate & Barrel what it is today. Special perks of Chicago life granted incredible cooking classes with some of the best chefs from Chicago restaurants like Nick’s Fish Market, Italian Village and [iconic] The Berghoff.
Following closely in my mom’s footsteps (a registered nurse with a niche interest in diet), DNA nudged my fascination of our human physiology, functional movement and strength; to grasp and implement our dire need for purposeful nourishment that serves the body; which cultivated a rousing ability to teach and empower, to walk the talk, inspire and evoke change for deteriorating health.
After 24 years of Chicago corporate America, I cashed in Jones New York suits and high-heels for LuLu Lemon and Nikes. I found home. Entrepreneurism flipped 180° to form Conquer Fitness LLC with specificity of strength-training, dynamic endurance and teaching right nutrition. While collecting credentials … I got buff. And loved every minute of it. It was through the vehicle of fitness that my culinary standards grew an entirely new and necessary facet.
A huge turning point occurred when I was flown out of state for a stint as a live-in trainer, teaching hands-on daily nutrition. It was spectacular. From then on I wished I could move in with every client to show them first-hand how delicious, simple and impactful food can be. Because eating well isn’t about everything you can’t have; it’s about discovering those high-quality foods that feed the machine. I still wish I could cook for my clients – I watch their frustration of “BUT WHAT CAN I EAT”. And now I can with Who Moved My Coconut Oil!
Its the best-kept secret in the fitness industry: A great body is built in the kitchen! ~Performance Nutrition©
But that is not where the story ends, because everything I learned and accomplished was put to the test. Severe ones. I experienced two traumatic head injuries 4 years apart that, whether I want to admit it or not have taken their toll in different ways. And were it not for my level of fitness and diligence of maintaining a strong body, that toll would have been dramatically worse. Working out saved my life because, despite the residual effects of those injuries, it would have been unimaginably worse absent the physical strengths and mental fortitude resulting from being fit.
Post-injury, I viewed every piece of food as serving a vital purpose and was acutely aware that everything I ate either contributed to or contaminated recovery. For that reason, I’m tainted; jaded of today’s corrupted wheat, all sugar, sodium and the heavy saturated fats that torture every single divinely-designed mechanism of the body. Those factors now influence how I eat, how I workout, and my message.
So here we are asking the question: who keeps moving my dang coconut oil? Its the personal trainer and nutritionist in me that realizes our quest of wellness and elusive perfect body is a constant moving target as our nutritional lifestyles bloom, continually evolve and change. Let’s not forget those wonderful constants that never change, those KILLER ingredients of life that make our days so much more rich ~ family togetherness, great food, spectacular flavors, culinary fun, life passions, interests, talents, all collectively creating joie de vivre … the joy of living.
Creative recipes utilizing new + nourishing foods, flavors, techniques, a-list must-haves and beautiful photography flaunt its core mission to e-n-e-r-g-i-z-e. To nudge people out of fast-food lines, boxed-food aisles, doctor’s offices and compel you to rediscover the health club called your kitchen. Good clean healthy food isn’t boring, it’s exciting, flavorful, satiating, wickedly good … KILLER GOOD! Experience the goodness with me of gourmet nutrition and explore amazing food, flavors and techniques that feast your eyes and nourish your body … ingredients that fuel joie de vivre … vibrant life!
Also to be featured in the blog:
~ A GARDEN’S HARVEST™ seasonally steals the show in vibrant HD. The bare-naked powerhouse foods direct from our bountiful garden.
~ KILLER GEAR GADGETS & GIZMOS™ The kitchen-gear-gods say “Revamp worn-out [yawn] boring cupboards!” ROCK your health-inspired kitchen with cool hand-picked utensils, tools, must-have gear and killer cookware. Reinventing kitchenology … its good stuff.
~ THE VIBRANT LIFE CRUSADE™ spotlights life’s triumphs attained and celebrated in culinary delights, sport, wellness and domestics.
Opportunities to work with me include:
- Recipe testing and development
- Brand Ambassadorship
Writing and editing
- Personal training, corporate fitness competitions, and in-session nutrition workshops.
A heartfelt thank you for joining me here and taking interest in my story. I hope to see you often and hear the details of your vibrant life.
If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with them … the people who give you their food give you their heart.” ~Cesar Chavez