I didn’t use to think about health or what it meant to feel good in my own body.
After all, I was young and energetic…I felt great! That is right up until the moment I didn’t. At the time, I felt like it came out of nowhere. Not exactly overnight, but over a period of a few months. I went from being an upbeat positive person with boundless energy to someone so tired and depressed she couldn’t get out of bed. I cried all the time and was cranky and short-tempered. My body hurt, the PMS was out of control, my face broke out, and a rash covered my body. I used to think, “if I could just stay in bed and sleep for a month, I think I would feel l better,” but that wasn’t an option or the answer.
Looking back, I see my health crash wasn’t something that happened suddenly. I was fit and active – hiking, biking, and swimming but I also tended to overdo things. I was burning the candle at both ends, and I didn’t take care of myself. I ate lots of junk food and had insomnia throughout college. But what difference did it make when I always bounced back and felt great again? What I didn’t realize at the time was I was burning through my vital reserve. Our bodies are amazing and capable of handling so much, but at some point, we reach a tipping point. That tipping point is different for everyone. For me, it was a car accident.
The car accident damaged both of my knees which led me to be more inactive than I had ever been. That’s when I started to gain weight. Then came depression and eczema. Things started to snowball, and I felt like everything was falling apart. I felt absolutely awful. I talked to my doctor. She ran some bloodwork and told me everything was fine except for high blood pressure, which she wanted to put me on medicine to control. Blood pressure medicine!? I was in my twenties! I didn’t want to be on medicine I wanted help. Something in me knew there was a better way. I had to get control of this.
I started researching on my own. I went to the library and read a stack of books on health and nutrition, which led me further down the rabbit hole into webinars, lectures, and classes. Each step of the way, I applied what I learned to myself and gradually started to feel better. I ate “healthy” foods, and my pain (both mental and physical) got drastically better. After a couple of years, even though I felt a lot better, something was still not quite right. I did all the things I learned about but just couldn’t put my finger on what was missing. That is until I found Functional Diagnostic Nutrition.
I started working with an FDN Practitioner, and that’s when I finally got the answers I needed. We ran some labs and uncovered gut issues and hormone imbalances. I was so relieved there was actually something wrong with me, and it wasn’t just all in my head! We zeroed in on why certain foods helped or hurt my body and what healthy eating looked like for me. I discovered what exercises felt best for my body, how to sleep better and how to relieve stress. Most importantly, we restored balance to my body. I learned to listen to what my body needs and how to support it. It was exactly what I needed. My pain and depression disappeared, my skin cleared up, and my energy dramatically improved. Once I did that, it was like a whole new world opened up to me. I not only felt like myself again, I felt better than I ever could have imagined!
This journey sparked a fire in me to want to share this information to help others. Our bodies have an amazing ability to heal – an innate knowledge – but they need support. Modern medicine is wonderful, and believe me, when I was in that car accident, there was no place I wanted to go more than a hospital. But where medicine failed me was not digging deeper to find out what the true cause of my problems was and provide me with the knowledge and resources to not only heal but to thrive. I now teach others how to take back control of their lives to feel their best. As a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, I am not only a health detective but your guide. You don’t have to do this alone. I help women who feel burnt out after major health and life setbacks reverse the impacts of time. Let’s put an end to the stress and exhaustion and get you back to feeling your best. Ready?
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Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® health coaches do not diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition. Nothing we share with our clients is intended to substitute for the advice, treatment, or diagnosis of a qualified licensed physician. Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) Practitioners may not make any medical diagnoses or claim, nor substitute for your personal physician’s care. It is the role of a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner to partner with their clients to provide ongoing support and accountability in an opt-in model of self-care and should be done under the supervision of a licensed physician.