hey, I'm Chioma (Chee-oh-mah)

Nigerian American.
2nd oldest of six kids.
West coast girl in the Midwest.
Plant Mom.
Kombucha Brewer.
Introvert.
Enneagram 9.

Welcome to Mindful Appetite! I’m so glad you are here, whether you are curious about my background to help you or just being nosey, I'm thankful for your time. 

I was born and raised in the Bay Area, California and moved to Arizona at 16.  Arizona quickly became my second home where I got my  degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona (#BEARDOWN) and the birthplace of my sports and wellness career. I'm currently based in Kansas City, MO where I run my online wellness coaching business, and I also work full time for Sporting Kansas City, a Major League Soccer team.

But let's rewind a bit...growing up as an athlete, your physique is always the focus, especially as a female. I played soccer, volleyball and ran track competitively. I was fit and healthy, but also suffered from chronic allergies, constant injuries, debilitating migraines, low self-esteem, and yo-yo dieting, well into college. Growing up, I felt like we're taught to ignore how our bodies really feel in the name of being dedicated to your sport.  Push past your limits and you're celebrated, even if your body will hate you later. This became normal behavior for me even after I stopped playing and started my corporate career working in sports. Work hard, ignore your body, hit burnout, get sick, feel a little better, and repeat.

It wasn’t until I discovered a large tumor in my breast (that was thankfully benign) that shifted my perspective on how important managing my stress is. Stress is a major risk factor for cancer. I had the nutrition knowledge, but was neglecting the emotional, mental and physical body. I learned that prioritizing my wellness is not just about exercise and nutrition, but implementing an appetite to adopt mindful habits that help me not only survive, but thrive.

Now I’m not saying I have all the answers. But I do believe each of us hold the power to take control of our health again. The decisions we make every day about our food, mental health, and physical activity can alter our genetics and how we exist on this Earth.  My hope is to encourage those around me that there is always something you can do to improve your wellness and inspire the next generation to do the same.

When I’m not testing out recipes or products, you can find me practicing my headstands, frequenting local coffee shops (black coffee is my jam), watching soccer or tennis, wine tasting, traveling,  or people watching at your local park or museum.

Happy you’re here!

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