“I believe the most valuable gift you can give or receive are those that endure throughout each season of life.

My mission is to equip you with the tools to support and nurture your own well-being. My vision is for you to pass on these learnings, creating a legacy that transcends generations.”

~ Valerie Di Paolo

Founder, Seeds To Branches Nutrition

What Inspired me into this field?

I’ve always had a genuine passion to help others, particularly when it comes to feeling good in your own skin and living up to your full potential. When you feel good on the inside, you are eager to participate in activities, set and reach goals, and have some laughs. Many of us, (hand raised high), have spent their days feeling stressed, off balance, stuck on autopilot, or chasing symptoms; without realizing how our food and lifestyle habits will either nourish our body, OR work against us. Hormonal imbalances, migraines and exhaustion (drifting to sleep during a 7pm movie), are issues I once struggled with. Once I changed my lifestyle and started learning how food and and nutrients affect our physiology and performance, I wanted to hop into Doc Brown’s DeLorean and turn back time. 

Entering Motherhood

My husband and I love to travel, so we waited until our mid 30’s before talking about having our first child. I wanted to empower myself with the knowledge and tools for a successful pregnancy, birth, and child.  It was during an engaging book on Holistic Nutrition, written by a Doctor of Functional Medicine with decades of private practice experience, that my eyes were opened to how proper nourishment promotes reproductive health, increases egg health & conception odds, encourages optimal development, and establishes the health of a baby’s gut microbiome.  Connecting the dots between nutrition, science, and how it all intertwines, further ignited my fascination and interest within this area. 

When I became a mother the realization suddenly hit me….I’m responsible for another person’s human!  As a new mom, I didn’t know much outside of my goal to raise a healthy, happy, well adjusted human.   I knew a good relationship with food and optimal nourishment was a great starting point. 

Before introducing solids to my son, I read a book covering nutrition from solids introduction and beyond.  I dove into health issues that can occur due to early nutritional deficiencies, gained knowledge on how a digestive system develops, as well as strategies for allergy reduction, brain development, and growth. The more I read, applied and discovered, the more my desire grew to expand my knowledge and education within this field.  After implementing these learnings with my son, I passed this information down to my nieces and nephews. I realized I had a passion for this area.  It is now my mission to educate and empower other parents with the nutritional & lifestyle tools to help their children’s minds bloom and perform at their greatest potential.

My fellow ladies ♥

Empowered Women, Empower Women.  Trust me when I say that I can relate to various issues and imbalances.  Learning how to approach our individual nutritional needs can make all the difference in feeling and performing our best.  After all, you’re supposed to be the leading lady of your own life! (Hey, Kate Winslet’s line from The Holiday really resonated with me).

Way Back Play Back to connecting the dots

I had a front row seat to my sister’s health struggle and mysterious symptoms which no one understood. Through her journey, I witnessed and pieced together the missing link of an integrated/holistic approach to addressing overall health & well-being. Once my sister began working with a naturopathic doctor who had in-depth knowledge of nutrition, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.  Following a nutritional approach with a small piece of western medicine, the pieces were put back together and her symptoms are now under control.