Hi! I’m Shanna (like Anna, Sh-Anna…or uhm…Banana). Welcome to my wellness website and blog bringing you health education through my lens: a functional medicine surgery nurse nutritionist. My day job is pretty awesome as a pediatric cardiac surgery RN. My moonlighting for the present time is growing a nutrition consulting practice. My passion is to help people find and sustain healthy living through nutrient dense foods and personalized lifestyle medicine aka functional medicine. The amazing wonder of the human body and it’s functioning, dys-functioning, and ability to adapt, is a lifelong learning path for me and one I am grateful for each day.
Nursing, as I was taught, should be an integrative approach no matter what the speciality or task. This strong foundation of care is what lead me to yearn for more education with emphasis on preventive natural approach to support a functioning body for better longer living. With a prior interest and brief stent in chiropractic school, I discovered the University of Western States graduate program of human nutrition and functional medicine. It was exactly what I was interested in learning to be able to help not only my patients live better but also my family and self. Through life experiences both personally and professionally, I knew there had to be a better way to foster healthier communities and provide better quality health care than what has become of the current standard of “care” in the US.
Food is a necessity of life and our primary contributor to our health status. Through my years of nursing practice and personal health journey, I discovered a strong interest in how to maintain health for a long adventurous life, the one I fully expect to live without becoming chronically ill barely getting by each day. My career in nursing has taught me many things, most importantly that the body is a magnificent being of adaptability for survival. The most unexpected events can occur to anyone of us, and being in a generally healthy state by taking interest in keeping the bodies working well increases the likelihood of survival in unlucky events and better quality living. I have seen unbelievable traumas & infections disrupt people’s lives in astonishing ways and those who start out in a generally healthy state survived and fare much better outcomes. Functional Medicine Nutrition is an approach to health with the focus on food that expands to include other important lifestyle considerations when seeking optimal health for you.
The name Green Banana Living has a few fun meanings for me: the eco-conscience Earth loving consumer current trend meaning of green; my lifelong nickname…plus the health bennies of bananas gifts of fiber, vitamins, minerals, & riches in fueling the good bacteria in the gut, bananas are good people, eat them!; and being healthy means living healthy.
The American culture of convenience and lifestyle greatly effects the current state of our general overall health: chronically sick or in pain, and searching for quick fixes such as an easy to swallow pill. But the answer to real health is rarely a quick fix. Quick fixes are generally reserved for emergency medicine, something we are extremely good at here in the USA. Trauma is actually an environment I thrive on in surgery, and I love being apart of this important branch of care. However, the state of primary care which should be based on prevention not making you a walking pharmacy without providing any real health gains is a massive failure of our system. The current sick care model is just that: sick care. It keeps you alive and making it through the days but not without the help of lifelong prescription pills. I think the value in changing eating habits, inclusion of movement, yoga, meditation, and shifting the focus from screen time to nature time is priceless. Incorporating better lifestyle habits can improve a multitude of health issues. I hope to be able to help educate and support you as your health journey continuously improves a better longer life.