Hi, I’m Matthew. Welcome to my site and work. I am a social/political activist and educator, as well as nutritional and wellness educator, advocate and certified health coach with a background and focus on Functional Medicine.
One of my greatest passions in life is health and wellness. This website is primarily dedicated to my work in this arena. I’ve suffered through some challenging health issues relating to my gut for over two decades before I learned about and started focusing nutritional and lifestyle protocols. This intestinal autoimmune disease led to not only a lot of pain and discomfort in my gut, but also messed with my energy, left me feeling tired and run down, I was getting intense “brain fog,” suffering from joint and back pain, had mood swings, among other physical challenges. I was progressively feeling sicker and more rundown in my life as the years progressed – with devolving overall health.
I’d been looking for help for so many years – working with countless doctors, alternative healers, etc. I was so deflated that I could not find anyone to help me. It was a true game-changer in my life, and such a relief, when I discovered how to shift many of my challenges; primarily through nutritional intervention and Functional Medicine. In ways I had no idea were even possible. Issues I didn’t even imagine were related, like my mood, shifted dramatically for the better. I even lost 25 pounds I didn’t think I’d be able to lose.
It was a pretty remarkable and encouraging shift. I honestly couldn’t believe it. After all the years of looking for help, how had I not heard of this path and these tools to health? It set me on a course to help others who needed support for better health as I had, but didn’t know where to turn, what would really make a difference.
If you are challenged in your health, I can certainly empathize and likely help you unlock and uncover tools for more vibrant and dynamic health. I know what it’s like to struggle, and have a hard time finding real help, that will actually bring about real change. I’m passionate about helping people understand how nutrition and certain lifestyle changes can bring your body and mind more energy and vitality, creating more joy in life – and even prevent and heal disease.
If you have stomach or intestinal pain or discomfort, like IBS, nausea, or acid reflux, I can help.
If you have low energy, feel tired frequently, I can help.
If you are having issues with blood sugar, or cholesterol, I can help.
If you are having weight challenges, I can help.
If you have autoimmune challenges, I can help.
My nutrition focus is on nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory diets, including ancestral/paleo, low-carb, ketogenic and more.
Other specific areas I support:
- Healthy eating for optimal health
- How to choose the foods and diet that work for your unique body and needs
- Shopping and grocery support
- Supplements to support your bodies needs
- Stress reduction & inner peace
- Better sleep
- Reducing environmental toxins
- Lab tests: Check out how your body is functioning, and how to target specific improvements.
I want to work with you where you are. Some folks are ready to dig deep and make significant shifts in their diet and lifestyle, others want to take it one step at a time, and ease into more healthful habits. Any shift will help your health, even the little ones. Our work together is focused on your desires and readiness, not mine.
More about my story and background:
After 15 years helping lead a successful U.S. based peacebuilding focused NGO, which I also co-founded, after profound the healing experience I shared above, I decided to shift gears and expand my advocacy and educational work into nutrition (as well as some health coaching).
My personal mission now includes helping people find health and wellness in support of living a vibrant and meaningful life.
For the past 25 years, I’ve been an ardent student of various personal growth, self improvement and spiritual modalities.
I’ve also been working, studying and researching the fields of peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Exploring what brings us peace; culturally, interpersonally and as individuals. Looking deeply at the science and practice of cultivating peace in all it forms and arenas.
I also know first hand the power of changing both your mind, and your nutrition & dietary lifestyle. They work hand-in-hand to help stabilize, and then transform lives.
I’ve long studied a healthful, whole foods diet and lifestyle. I’m a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC) through the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, a collaboration with the Institute for Functional Medicine (chaired by Dr. Mark Hyman), which is the only internationally approved Functional Medicine health coach training program through the International Consortium for Health and Wellness coaches that has completely incorporated Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition into the curriculum. I also graduated from Functional Nutrition Alliance’s Full Body Systems program. I am studying Genetics, MTHFR, Methylation, & Biochemistry through Metabolic Healing as well as Ben Lynch’s Seeking Health Institute.
I have a B.A. in psychology and an Master of Arts in Humanities and Leadership with a focus on Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community.
I spent the first part of my career as co-founder, Director and currently a board member of The Peace Alliance (www.peacealliance.org), an alliance of organizers and advocates throughout the United States taking the work of peacebuilding from the margins of society into the centers of national discourse and policy priorities. We mobilize a network of grassroots teams in cities, towns, colleges and high school campuses. It was co-founded by one of my mentors, Marianne Williamson, best-selling author, social change-maker, and lecturer. I coached and trained thousands of people to be more effective citizens and activists towards our shared cause of peace – in ourselves and on Earth. We trained not only on how to be effective at activism, but also how to embody peace as a core operating value in our activism.
I’m the author of “Living Out Loud: Young Adults, Finding Our Purpose, Shaping a Better World.” I also have a Huffington Post blog where you can read my musings on peacebuilding.