Hi there, I’m so glad you’re here. I created Made to Glow to inspire you to live your healthiest, happiest life, in whatever way that looks and feels like to you. From healthy treats to non-toxic beauty products to mindful mantras and everything in between, I love helping people get their glow on. You’re in the right place for gluten-free and dairy-free recipes, healthy eating tips, self-care tools (meditations, work outs, and more), favorite eco-friendly finds, and all things wellness!
WHY “MADE TO GLOW”?
I believe that when we feel healthy and happy, we glow from the inside out. I’ve experienced my own health struggles and have learned and grown tremendously from the grueling process of healing. I’m passionate about health and wellness and my dream is to empower others to feel their best and full of life!
Made to Glow has partnered with national health and wellness brands, such as Bai, Flackers, Chef Rebecca Katz, Glass Dharma, Beautycounter, RxBar, Honest Beauty, PlanetBox, and many others. Additionally, my articles and recipes have been seen on French Elle, Canadian Running Magazine, Bai, Radiant Health Magazine, the Vegan Delish app, Finding Vegan, MODE, Bai, Red and Honey, 6 Months to Live, and more. To inquire about sponsorships, recipe development, or freelance writing, click on Services.
I love sharing my favorite wellness products with my clients and readers – whether it’s a new paleo pizza crust or vegan dessert, or a new eco-friendly lip gloss or shampoo! Head over to Favorites to learn more.
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When I’m not in my MTG element, I’m soaking up the sun with my hubby, puppy, and little one on the way. I work full-time at a non-profit health policy resource center, focusing on improving health care for low-income children and adults, including managing our childhood obesity efforts and supporting our trauma-informed care work. To read more about how I got started on this journey, read my story below…
In 2006, I started experiencing health issues that changed my life. I was overcome with debilitating gastrointestinal, hormonal, and inflammatory problems all over my body. I lost 30 pounds, wasn’t able to work or socialize, and my life was turned totally upside down.
I saw countless doctors, and felt hopeless and angry as I tried to deal with conflicting and confusing “probable diagnoses” – from food allergies to Crohn’s Disease to Celiac Disease and many others. Finally, and thankfully, I connected with a team of integrative physicians that looked at my body as a whole and helped me begin a path of healing.
I learned that self-awareness and self-care are vital to my health. Eating healthy foods became a non-negotiable. I found out that gluten and dairy made me severely sick and cut them out completely. I learned to cook, experimented with new plant-based recipes, and researched how to reduce chemical exposure and inflammation. I prioritized meditation, exercise, relaxation, and restorative rest. I also started hormone and immune therapy, received weekly infusions, and began the long process to heal my gut and reduce inflammation.
My full-time job became to heal and get my glow back. I learned that having a chronic health issue is hard.
Changing your lifestyle is hard.
I learned that you can’t predict your next flare-up, where you’ll be when extreme fatigue hits, and that the ‘what if’s’ are can be very scary. I remember wondering if I’d ever be able to travel again, work again, or be a mom, but I knew that I had to get my life back.
Finally, after more than four years of doctors, hospitals, treatments, and procedures, I started feeling better consistently. I started working again, found a job in nutrition and health education, and went back to school to study health promotion and disease prevention.
I got married to an amazing man, received my master’s degree, moved across the country with my husband (twice!), started my own business, began a new job, and created a new home. Even with some bumps in the road, I am incredibly grateful to be feeling better and better.
Throughout this journey, I’ve realized that helping others find their own way to wellness – and prevent disease in the first place – is how I want to contribute in this world.
ALEX’S PROFESSIONAL BIO:
Alexandra Maul, MPH, is a public health and health policy professional with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. She has been working for over a decade in health education; nutrition; maternal and child health; health policy; program planning, implementation, and evaluation; organizational strategy; and account management.
After experiencing debilitating chronic health issues and learning how to heal, Alex joined The Center for Mind-Body Medicine team, both producing and attending their Food As Medicine, Mind-Body Medicine, and CancerGuides national training programs. She then followed her passion for health and wellness, and returned to graduate school to get her MPH. She created Made to Glow, a health education venture, to pursue her dream of helping others feel their best and glow from the inside out. Alex works full-time with a Princeton-area non-profit health policy resource center dedicated to improving health care access and quality. She lives in Bucks County, PA with her husband and their dog.
When we feel whole, balanced, and healthy, we radiate from the inside out. We are all made to glow!