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Tara Kuchta
FDN Practitioner

I didn’t use to think about health or what it meant to feel good in my own body. 


In the past, I never really paid much attention to my health. I was young, full of energy, and everything felt great. But then came a moment when it all changed. It wasn't a sudden shift but a gradual descent over a few months. I went from being this positive, upbeat person with boundless energy to feeling completely drained and depressed. Getting out of bed became a struggle, I cried at the drop of a hat, and even the simplest tasks felt overwhelming. It was as if my body and mind had turned against me. PMS became unbearable, my face broke out, and a relentless rash covered my body. I remember wishing I could sleep for weeks to find relief, but I knew that wasn't the answer.

Looking back, I can see that my health decline wasn't out of the blue. Yes, I was active – hiking, biking, swimming – but I pushed myself too hard without even realizing it. I overworked, ignored self-care, indulged in junk food, and dealt with ongoing insomnia. I kept bouncing back, so I brushed aside the warning signs. Little did I know that I was slowly depleting my body's reserves. My breaking point came with a car accident.


That accident injured my knees, and suddenly, I could not maintain my active lifestyle. The weight started creeping in, followed by waves of depression and stubborn eczema. It felt like my whole world was falling apart. Seeking answers, I consulted a doctor who ran tests and found high blood pressure. Her solution was medication, but relying on pills didn't sit well with me. When I insisted there was more wrong, she firmly told me my lab work was "normal" and casually suggested I was a hypochondriac. What!?!  I KNEW something was wrong, but I received the message loud and clear that she would not help me dig deeper.  There had to be a better way – a path to true healing.


So, I took matters into my own hands. I delved into research, devouring books on health and nutrition and immersing myself in webinars and classes. Slowly but surely, I started applying what I learned, and things began to shift. Changing my diet led to a decrease in physical and mental pain. I felt better, but something was still missing, a feeling that I hadn't quite cracked the code. That's when I stumbled upon Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®.


Partnering with an FDN Practitioner marked a turning point in my journey. We ran lab tests that revealed hidden hormone imbalances and gut issues, pointing to the root causes of my struggles. Finally, I had validation that there was more to my challenges than meets the eye. Together, we decoded the intricacies of what my body truly needed. I learned what foods were right for my body.  Exercise transformed into a form of self-care, and I learned how to embrace restorative sleep and manage stress. Above all, balance was restored to my body, and I developed the ability to listen to its whispers and respond with compassion.


As the puzzle pieces came together, transformation unfolded. Pain and darkness gradually receded, replaced by a renewed joy and vibrancy. My skin regained its natural glow, and energy surged through me like a revitalizing current. It was proof of the body's remarkable resilience when treated with intention and understanding. A door to endless possibilities swung open, revealing not only the return of my former self but a version of me that exceeded all expectations.


This profound change ignited a desire to share my journey, illuminating the path for others who find themselves battling burnout and despair. Our bodies are powerful vessels of healing, but they thrive with our guidance. While modern medicine has its merits, it often misses the deeper causes of our struggles. As a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, I wear the hats of both a health detective and a guide.


My mission is to reach out to women who, like me, have faced life's setbacks and emerged weary. I stand as a beacon of hope, proof that restoration is possible. Let's silence the symphony of stress and exhaustion together, crafting a symphony of rejuvenation instead. Are you ready to regain control? Your journey toward lasting well-being begins here, where the spark of vitality within you is rekindled.

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition®
Health Coach Disclaimer

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.