And I did.
Not only was I overweight, but I was struggling with every aspect of my health. My nerves were shot. I had horrible PMS, migraines, food sensitivities, I was bloated and tired all the time..
My goal these days is to change the face of women’s health, but let me tell you how I got to this point.
Growing up healthy should have been a breeze, having a Fitness Instructor & Weight loss Center manager for a Mom. It wasn’t as great as you might think though! Her health conscious behaviour stemmed from a severe eating disorder and she constantly demonized food, and making comments like; “Why don’t you put a little more Vaseline (butter) on your toast?”
It was drilled into my head that fat was the devil, and whole grain carbohydrates were the ultimate choice for health and weight management. I bought into her low fat, high carb diet and excessive exercise regime.
I loved the carbs like so many of us do and was a severe “carb addict” in high school. I had a terrible time with overeating and weight gain, so I turned to Bulimia, spending years making myself throw up in hopes that I would lose weight. From there, I spent the next 10 years trying everything from excessive exercise, low fat, high carb, Atkins, vegetarianism, vegan, portion control, HCG etc. I had an unhealthy obsession with food and how much I hated my body. I never did gain more then 5 -20 pounds of excess weight at one time. You might think “What the heck does she have to complain about!” But anytime my weight fluctuated, I obsessed like it was 100’s of pounds, not just a few.
After the birth of my daughter things got worse I developed severe hormone dysfunctions including estrogen dominance in the form of endometriosis, hypothyroidism and adrenal insufficiency. FUN! PLUS I had severe leaky gut from a parasite called Blastocystis Hominis which led to multiply food sensitives, bloating, migraines and skin rashes. Yes I was hot mess! My weight began to steadily climb and no matter what I did it wouldn’t stop. I was beyond frustrated and kept doing what I was told to do; count calories, take supplements and exercise.
I finally realized that I had to stop starving myself and find the optimal way of eating for my body and also look further than food to see if there were other factors in my health problems. Well after a lot of research and some trial and error I found the answer.
I began eating a Paleo style diet which for me was the best style of eating I had ever come across! My blood sugar stabilized, my bloating decreased and my energy increased. The best part was I never had to calorie count again!
I had to get my hormones in balance especially my thyroid and adrenal issues. I spent ten plus years with an undiagnosed thyroid issue which I realized was as the root of many of my problems. Getting proper treatment for my thyroid was extremely challenging and it was thanks to my open minded naturopath Dr. Steven Jones and few key people like Elle Russ (The Paleo Thyroid Solution) and Paul Robinson (Recovering with T3) that I was finally able to get my thyroid working properly again.
I also learned how to manage my stress, eradicate my inflammation and work on past issues; learning to love who I was and quit trying to be someone I wasn’t (this was not an easy road). That is what worked for me and has continued to work for me. It is now my mission to help other women to find their own personal health and weight loss code.
Through my own experience and obsession with researching health and dieting; I eventually went on to train with The Institute of Transformational Nutrition (ITN) and Nutrition Coach Institute (NCI) I got my certifications to be a Transformational Nutrition Coach & Hormone Specialist. The ITN is one of a kind nutrition certification program that incorporates science, psychology and spirituality. NCI has one of the only Hormone Specialist programs where I also got my certification of completion for Mastering Thyroid and Mastering Gut Health. Without even realizing it, it was combing all of these that helped me to finally heal my body.
I clearly have a passion for nutrition but I have a few areas that I freaking shine in! Why? … Because I needed to heal my own issues which I did through endless amounts of research and trial and error. From there I took a liking to a few topics and then I went nuts on them and that nuttiness hasn’t stopped. I am an expert on these subjects because I have spent 1000’s of hours researching them, listened to countless podcasts from every expert in the business, took courses in them, read all the best books, seen the results with thousands of clients and now feel super confident to say that yes I am an expert on these particular things:
My coaching is not for everyone and if you are looking for another quick fix or for me to wave my magic wand then I recommend you look elsewhere.
Women are seeing a rapid rise in obesity, hormone dysfunction, autoimmune diseases, digestive issues, depression, anxiety, fatigue and low sex drive! Over the past 15 years in my health practice almost every woman I’ve met has one or more of the symptoms above and after working with thousands of women and researching my own health issues, I realized there were four main pillars of health that were essential for women to address in order to regain their health.
No matter how many pills or supplements you take if you don’t address what is going into your mouth, you can only get so far. Remember the saying “You are what you eat”? Well it’s true. If you don’t pay attention to what is going into your body you will never fully recover. Read more here: DIET
In this day and age are hormones are being put through the ringer! Everything from plastic items, house hold cleaning products, pesticides, nutrient deficiencies, birth control pills, leaky gut, pregnancy, sugar and much more are constantly putting a stress on our hormones. When our hormones are out of balance, everything is out of balance. Read more here: HORMONES
Healing your gut allows the body to build a stronger immune system and produce the right kind of bacteria that tell your brain it’s okay to feel good again. Your digestion impacts every level of your body and restoring the gut aids in better energy, mood, memory & weight loss. It is essential in regaining your health.
Women have been taught to value their worth on how much they can do in a day (I call it the Wonder Woman Syndrome). Holding down a job five days a week whilst simultaneously raising children, cleaning a house, cooking, working out and maintaining a relationship is not only expected, but the “norm” for many women.Unfortunately this is far from normal for our bodies. Stress contributes, if not causes, every major health issue especially when it comes to weight, hormones, and digestion!
We need to look at all of these elements if we are to fully regain our health and teach our children how to do the same. Maybe it’s not just about weight loss? Maybe you simply want to feel good again and get your life back? If you are ready & willing to do the work to feel better again, I am ready to help you click here to read more about one on one sessions. Learn how I can help you find your weight loss code!