I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in July 2011 and earned my holistic health coach certification from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. IIN takes a somewhat unique approach to nutrition education, exposing students to hundreds of dietary theories and combining the knowledge of traditional philosophies, like Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, with modern concepts like the USDA food pyramid, the Glycemic Index, the Zone and raw foods.
I’d always had a strong interest in nutrition and healthy living, but my journey to better health involved two major incidents.
The first occurred when I was in my early 30’s and having difficulty trying to conceive my second child, along with other health issues. Changes in diet turned my health problems around in a matter of months. It was then that I learned the power that food has on our wellbeing.
Years later I developed Grave’s Disease–autoimmune hyperthyroidism–accompanied by adrenal fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome. In the U.S., Grave’s Disease is commonly treated using radioactive iodine to cause the thyroid to cease functioning, but I was determined that that was going to be my last resort. I saw numerous doctors who offered no other option if a brief course of medication didn’t resolve the issue. I felt awful, and I was frightened by the idea that I had little control over what was happening to me. In addition, there were few people in my life who were willing to listen and be supportive, so I felt alone.
This time the lesson was different. I decided I didn’t want to be defined by my health problems and I was going to take control. I made some minor changes in an already relatively healthy diet to reduce the inflammation that was contributing to the thyroid disease. But after having gone through an extended period of extreme stress, what I really had to do was not only heal from that accumulation of stress, but also learn how to deal with new stress as it came up in my life. What’s more, I had to stop and look at which areas of my life were working and areas where I needed to make a change.
Once again, I was able to heal myself. Through the healthy food choices of an anti-inflammatory diet combined with rest, stress management, and other integrative treatments, I was able to bring my thyroid disease into remission, and it has remained that way for over eight years now. This experience made me passionate about the connection between a nourishing diet, exercise, stress management, sleep/rest, and good health.
This is the reason my programs aren’t just about food—they address all these areas, so that with my support, you too–whatever your health issues or goals may be–can feel your best.
At the same time I was working to improve my health, my daughter left for college, so I had more time and freedom on my hands. Throughout my adult life, there were so many things I thought I’d do “someday.” When I turned 49, I realized “someday” was here and I better get moving!
One of the things I’d dreamed of doing “someday” was owning my own business. I decided I was going to make that happen. I’d always wanted to help others and was a bit envious of some of the wellness professionals who had helped me get well. So in 2010 I made the decision to formalize all the self-educating I’ve been doing over the years and enroll at IIN. I want to share what I’ve learned with others. I’ve achieved my dream and want to support other women in having the life they dream of too. If you are ready to make the changes necessary to feel better, look better, be happier, contact me. I’m here to support you every step of the way.