I have always been active and love sports! I played sports in high school and on club teams in college. In college I decided to major in Exercise Science because I thought I wanted to be a coach. After spending a day with the University of Houston Volleyball coaches, I quickly decided that was not the path for me. After graduating I worked in Corporate Wellness and I loved working one-on-one with people and guiding them to a more active lifestyle. At the time I was young and active and never thought twice about what I ate. That all started to change after we had our first baby. Whew! I didn't know what was going on with my hormones, energy levels, constant fatigue, brain fog and the list goes on. When our first child was 9 months old we found out were were pregnant again. Most of that pregnancy is a blur and having two kids in a year and a half does a number on the body.
When our second child was 6 months old, I bent over to close a cabinet and bam! I hit the floor. I ruptured two discs in my low back. That started me on this new health journey. I went to a chiropractor who told me it all starts with nutrition. I was in the Wellness industry for years, but focused on exercise. I could eat what I wanted and thought I felt fine. He told me to try Paleo and do a Whole 30.
I did a ton of research and was excited to try new recipes. After the 30 days I felt great, but not as great as I though I would after eliminating so many foods. That started the roller coaster of trial and error. I went to a Functional Medicine Doctor to check my hormones and bloodwork. I will never forget the appointment that she burst through the door with my results like she won the lottery. She said - I found it! You have Hashimotos! Eliminate gluten and dairy and read these books. You will be fine. Oh, and you may need Thyroid medication one day.
What? Hashi-what? I read the books, eliminated the food, my numbers were back in range - but why am I still feeling so exhausted, brain fog, digestion issues, bloating, and can't lose the baby weight?
I went on to see another Functional Med Doctor years later after baby #5. They talked about my liver, and gall bladder, and still focused on the diagnosis of Hashimotos. After a ton of office visits, supplements, and money, and still not feeling optimal even after eliminating certain foods, I prayed somehow .... somewhere for ANSWERS.
One day a friend was talking to her Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and she shared my story. She asked one question - WHY? Let's look into WHY she has Hashimotos. And after digging deeper we uncovered many healing opportunities. Healing opportunities that all the bloodwork, ultrasounds of my liver and gallbladder, and office visits totally MISSED!
That's where all the stars aligned and all the dots were connected for me. I set out on my ideal health journey.
It's a lifestyle, not something I am doing for 30 days or only during the week. Healthy is a way of BEING, not just doing. Now I eat the right foods for my body. There is a difference between eating healthy and eating right for your body. Eating right for your body will incorporate healthy foods, but not every "healthy" food is right for your body.
Now I exercise in a way that’s best for me. I put the right kinds of foods in my body. I’ve minimized toxins in my environment (and continue to do so). I take time for myself, and I continuously work on supporting my body in the ways it needs most.
As an FDN Practitioner, I teach clients how to eat for their unique Diet Type because it all starts with food. I also recommend simple at-home lab tests specific to their needs so we can take a deeper look at their health to figure out what’s holding them back from feeling their best. Your health is a journey - it takes time and patience. And with the right guidance you can be in control and live your best life now!
We are MadeWell for Life! God has made our bodies so WELL. He has created every cell, tissue and organ to work perfectly. It's up to us to take care of our body so our body can take care of us.
Saint Padre Pio