My Credentials:

 

Founder and President

Nourishing Abundance, LLC

Frederick, MD 

 

Master of Science (MS)

Nutrition & Integrative Health

MD University of Integrative Health Laurel, MD

 

Board Certified (CNS)

Certified Board of Nutrition Specialists

 

Licensed to Practice in MD (LDN)

MD Board of Dietetic Practice.

Cheryle McKee, Nutritionist & Wellness Coach, Frederick MD

To be honest, I'm a foodie! I love everything about food; cooking it, growing it, shopping for it, eating it!  But what I love most is food's amazing power to heal us and to keep us healthy! 

 

Did you know that over 80% of your immune system is in your gut?!   I didn't.  

 

... Until I found myself struggling to figure out why I felt crappy all the time and tested positive for about a zillion autoimmune diseases (Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Sjogrens, the list went on; I was even told I had MS)!  

 

.... And until I made connections with my daughter's food allergies and her struggles with attention deficit, eczema and other symptoms that plagued her.

 

For years, we saw specialist after specialist to no avail.  In frustration, I began researching and trying things!  And what I learned dramatically changed our lives!   I had always been health conscious but I learned that what I thought was healthy really wasn't!  And even though I've always made a sit-down dinner (to show my family how much I love them), I realized what I was serving was actually hurting us!  

To make a long story short, we made a lot of changes!  Some came easy, others were like moving a mountain, but we began to feel better!   I can't tell you how exhilarating it is to be able to feel my arms and legs everyday, to not mix up words or forget why I came into a room, to see my daughter thriving, and to tie it all back to what we put into our mouths - and onto our skin - or to stress.  I love science and this has proven to be the best (many years-long) experiment!  One that led me to return to school and give up a long career in IT, so I could delve deep into biochem and really understand how the body is supposed to work, how we got off-track, and how to prevent it moving forward.

 

I am passionate about helping others feel better without having to struggle the way we did.  I know how hard it is to decipher all of the conflicting information about what is healthy, and to take care of yourself & your family amidst working, raising kids, volunteering, having a marriage and all that life entails.  My philosophy is simple: 

 

  • To heck with diets and calorie counting; they don't work!

  • Eat real food - the stuff God created, not all the packaged crap!

  • Move, get some sleep and learn how to manage stress - and above all else,

  • Give yourself the gift of time for you!  When you give everything you have to everyone else, you will wear out, if not physically, emotionally.  It's not selfish to take care of yourself, it's crucial!  

 

I can show you simple, practical ways for making all this happen. Even if you're busy or on a budget.  Even if you don't cook.  And especially if you feel exhausted and don't have the energy for all this - because I know just how you feel!  Life is short, let's keep it simple so we can really enjoy its beauty.

 

Take a look at my website and feel free to call or email me if you have questions. No question is stupid, so please KNOW that I will never make you feel that way.  It took me years to learn and I'm still learning.  But I'd love to share what I know so you can benefit from my journey!