Katrina is a full-time mom and physician practicing in the Washington, DC area. She specializes in Ophthalmology. She and Anthony have embraced a whole foods diet with an emphasis on a paleo lifestyle for over 10 years, making many friends on a similar journey along the way. Her pregnancy with Noelani went very smoothly, which she attributes partly to their lifestyle choices and partly to luck! After Noelani’s textbook pregnancy and delivery, the first months postpartum were unexpectedly challenging. Returning back to work at 6 weeks after her birth with Anthony across the country in residency forced her to turn to her community for support. That support came mainly in the form of family, church members, co-workers and friends. Without that support and establishing a tribe that transition would have been infinitely more difficult. The second time around, with Niara, she felt more experienced and was mentally prepared for the struggles and joys that came with pregnancy and post-partum. Both living out a paleo lifestyle and being a mom have created unexpected opportunities for community and tribe building with abundant return of blessings.
More than a decade ago, Anthony competed in triathlons. During his training he stumbled upon the paleo diet and decided to follow it strictly to improve his performance. On this diet he started to overall feel much better and even reverse some early hypertensive and hypercholesterol trends that his doctor noted during his routine physical. Many years later, Anthony still follows a paleo-based diet and he sees patients as a practicing physician in both California and the Washington, DC area. When he is not working as a doctor he spends most of his days hanging out with Noelani and Niara or training jiu jitsu. When Noelani was first born Anthony was in California full-time because of physician training commitments, however, six months after her birth Anthony felt like he was missing out on too much of her growth, spurring his difficult decision to move back east to spend time with her and Katrina. Since then, Anthony continues to find and build his tribe through our family unit, the patients he cares for, his jiu jitsu community and the paleo world.
Noelani is born and raised in the nation’s capital. She enjoys traveling with her parents, reading bedtime stories, biking around the neighborhood, performing on stage or with a microphone, and anything Frozen or My Little Pony.
Niara is the baby sister. She is adventurous, fearless, and silly. She loves to climb on everything and spends most afternoons humming while she colors and playing make believe. She looks up to her big sister (ate in Filipino) and gets most of her adventure ideas from her.
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