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Meet Nichole Perkins of PrimaFoodie in West Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nichole Perkins.

As you know, we’re huge fans of PrimaFoodie’s mission. We’d love for you to share how you started out on your wellness journey.
My personal health journey has not been easy, but I dedicated myself to the cause, and eventually learned how to heal myself with food. Once I figured out the strategies that worked best and changed my life, I became excited to share these with others. I know that no two people are the same, but when it comes to health, gastrointestinal and autoimmune issues, we all have similarities. Having the right tools and tips available is essential to finding what works for each individual’s needs.

Dealing with these issues was difficult and honestly, depressing. There were no traditional doctors able to diagnose or properly help me with my health issues, so I began my long journey to find answers. I began learning how to eat optimally, managing AI with a healthy lifestyle.

For a long while, this worked: until I became a mother. As for most parents, my beautiful daughter Dagny changed everything for me. It was as if the whole world exploded when she arrived. Unfortunately, with Dagny’s birth, my health issues re-appeared, with a vengeance. And to make matters much worse, Dagny displayed gastrointestinal issues and health difficulties herself. If before, I had done what I could do to take care of myself, when it came to taking care of my daughter – I rose up even higher. Because as any mom knows, there is no end to the lengths you will go to when it comes to taking care of your child.

This phase had me come into full nutritional immersion. I found answers far and wide, that truly resonated with me and helped me fight for my wellness, and for Dagny’s. I discovered what really worked. Today, I am successfully managing my health. Dagny is thriving. And now that I have gone through so much to learn what I know, I find myself on a new journey, one that involves furthering my exploration of whole health, and sharing my learnings, so I can help others who need more than a quick fix to life’s effects on health.

I know that no two people are the same, but when it comes to health, gastrointestinal and autoimmune issues, we all have similarities. Having the right tools and tips available to learn from is essential to finding what works for each individual’s needs. It’s in the process of sharing that we become connected and inspired. Answering people’s questions and addressing the health gaps in the United States? That’s PrimaFoodie’s mission.

Has it been a smooth road?
Is any journey ever smooth? Being here, finally healthy, has made it all worthwhile. Having said that, there has been one area of struggle that I did not anticipate, and it is one that I suspect is shared by all or many of those out there brave enough to pursue a therapeutic diet and lifestyle: other people’s judgment.

It doesn’t matter how you choose to live your life — whether you build a successful business or eat super healthily; have children or choose not to have children; travel the world or live in the same town all of your life; go to the gym five times a week or sit on the couch every night — whatever you do, someone will judge you for it. And even though my diet and lifestyle are literally what makes me healthy and whole, the way I eat is sometimes criticized by friends, relatives and acquaintances, wondering what’s wrong, and why I won’t just eat like them.

For the health seeker, many will find a reason to judge you, or even to project the image of the flaky, “granola-eating hippie” onto you. However, instead of getting upset, think of the wonderful examples of Tom Brady, or Gwyneth Paltrow.

Tom Brady – an elite athlete who has to maintain optimal health – endured a lot of media ridicule and scrutiny after opening up about the strict diet he follows. Similarly, Gwyneth Paltrow seems to be constantly under attack for eating the way she does, even though she has built a brand around this and her livelihood depends on it. The secret I have learned from them is to remain elegant and to keep doing what works best for me.

Tell our readers what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Mindset and balance are my keys to sanity, and with PrimaFoodie I focus on a holistic approach, with strategies and simple recipes that others can use to get health and balance back into their lives. I am a wellness entrepreneur, creator, program developer, health educator, and a mom. PrimaFoodie is a platform that was born of my desire to create something I love, and share what I have learned, and am continuing to learn, to help others on their journey. Not only do I get to holistically inspire and guide people to better health, I now get to help educate and support their lifestyles as well. Life is full and I am busy growing my health, my business, and my relationships and helping to inspire others to do the same.

I am most proud of the presence I hold in my daughter’s life, the friendships I am able to enjoy fully, and the downtime and good health that enable me to charge fully into this business.

If you had to start over, what would you have done differently?
If I could do it all over again…I would have started sooner. I would have believed fully in myself and known that I could do this. So many of us have dreams that we don’t act on because we don’t think we’re ready, or we are afraid to fail. It is my goal to shine that spotlight on all the people out there who want to start a business or make a significant change to a healthier lifestyle that fulfills them. My message is feel your fear and do it anyway. In fact, if it’s never scary then you’re probably not pushing yourself past resistance and into your true creativity and what you have to offer the world. Go for it. You will be so proud that you did.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I don’t love the traffic but I brave it all to be a part of its multicultural, diverse community filled with food from all parts of the world, farmers markets and art. I love the creative energy of LA. It’s literally why I remain in Hollywood/West Hollywood. There is nothing like it. It’s a place where anyone and everyone can be whatever they want to be.

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