Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a 34-year-old wife, mother of five, (ages 15, 13, 11, 5, and 3) and business owner. In 2002, I graduated from West Jefferson High School located in Harvey, Louisiana. My passions are crafting and cooking. Spending time with family and God are two things I thoroughly enjoy. I am currently attending Delgado Community College (New Orleans, Louisiana) with a major in business management. Prior to pursuing a degree in business management, I earned a degree in culinary arts. While completing course work for the culinary arts program, I learned the important association between diet and health or the lack thereof. When I had my son, I was told that I was bordering obesity, so I made lifestyle changes to improve my health. I started following The Vegan Mom and which led me to begin the pomegranate diet coupled with an exercise regimen. It became apparent that fruits and vegetables cleanse us, so becoming a vegan was a logical lifestyle change for me.
Where did the inspiration come from to start Shawny’s Healthy Essential?
Shortly after giving birth to my now 15-year-old daughter, she was diagnosed with jaundice. Medical staff members at the hospital told me horrific things would happen to my child. A few months later, my child was suffering with eczema. Thankfully, I met a young physician who was also an herbalist, she asked if I would consider being one of her clients. Her all natural treatment regimen worked wonders for my daughter! She also asked me if I would be interested in joining an herbalist school and offered to pay a portion of my tuition. She also challenged me to complete my culinary degree and add esthiology studies. Saying yes to both proposals has changed my life in immeasurable ways!