About Nichole


I’m Nichole.

My sleep deprived, coffee addicted, broth-making existence is not what I had planned.  Because I really enjoy planning.

Life lessons repeat for me, such as learning to never say never.  Or to stop living by ridiculous self-imposed expectations. Can you relate?

I like challenges. It’s truly a good thing, because my life is full to the brim with challenges.  It’s also full to the brim with blessings.

Words like passionate and animated are used to describe me.  Along with perfectionist, literalist, and intense.  (Oh, but come on!  Everyone also says I am FUN.  And since starting GAPS those OCD tendencies have all gone away…mostly.)


I’m a wife, mom, professional educator, and food allergy advocate.

I am a Holistic Living Advisor, and incredibly good at creating authentic community, encouraging personal growth, and sparking goal-oriented movement.

I love the mountains. I am learning to like the beach. And get both within driving distance here in Northern California.

I’m kind of an extrovert.  OK, I’m really an extrovert.  Though since having Ellie, my special needs kiddo, I have become more of an introvert.  Or maybe I am confusing that with exhaustion.

I’m an information junkie.

I’m an enthusiastic facilitator of learning, and a determined promoter of hope.


I have been correcting essays since 1999, but my own writing started in 2010 on a simple blog named Ellie Belly Updates.  It was originally intended for communicating health updates and prayer requests to family and friends. The birth of my second daughter rocked my overly planned, pleasantly busy, and averagely middle-class world.  She was so, so, so, so sick.

In February of 2011 we were afraid for her life.  We took a fearful leap, and through the loving and gracious hand of God, we saw her healing begin using the GAPS diet.  I had no idea how this journey would mold my faith, start our real food story, and motivate me to empower others against fear.

I helped raise awareness through the founding of a non-profit organization called The FPIES Foundation.

Then I turned my energy towards the creation and managing of GAPS Kids – a support community designed for those using GAPS healing protocols with a child, and/or an entire family.

And suddenly the blog about a sick little girl no longer fit. From severe food allergies to healing hope.

Welcome to Hopecentric.  A place for learning, cheering, growing, and applying life changes.  A place to be reminded….

Hope is contagious! Pass it on!

~ Nichole


 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 5:1-5