I have tried just about every diet out there. That is until about five years ago when my focus was on improving my health, not losing weight. You see, the stress associated with being the primary caregiver for my boyfriend, Michael, who was dying of ALS, caring for a son with down Syndrome and Autism, and a stressful job caught up to me. Bladder cancer had returned after a seven-year hiatus and suddenly immune issues were surfacing, including food and environmental sensitivities. This was clearly a sign my system was on overload and my adrenals were stressed.
I adopted a Primal/Paleo approach and some of my symptoms subsided, including a persistent rash on my face and neck. I began to feel better, but was not yet able to remove all the stress. I adopted additional protocols, including good sleep hygiene, continued with my exercise but modified my chronic cardio approach, and practiced mindfulness and meditation practices. I even became a Certified Primal Health Coach through PHCI (Primal Health Coach Institute), teaching the fundamentals of eating, moving, living and thriving.
Although better, I was still not at my best. There was a missing link and my doctors were missing it too. I was guessing, not testing. What were my hormones doing? How was my gut health? My digestion? Detoxification? Energy production and immune system? I could only guess. That is, until I discovered Functional Diagnostic Nutrition ® . I discovered hidden stressors that contributed to my metabolic chaos. I found stressors including active infections, hormone imbalances and bacterial imbalances in my gut. I created a targeted protocol and my energy finally began returning to normal!
Together these two certifications along with a Life Coach Certification give me not only the scientific knowledge to educate clients, but the motivational coaching skills to help them succeed.
If you work with me, we will get to the root causes of your health issues, nourish your body, balance your hormones and blood sugar, heal your gut and build a strong foundation of health. And yes, you will likely even lose that weight you have not been able to lose because of all the hidden stressors. Let's get started today!