I have had a life-long battle with compulsive and emotional eating. I have lost and gained more pounds than I can remember. I have gone from a high of 200 lbs (I’m only 5’2”) to a low of just under 120, and have bounced up and down at many points in between.
But I have spent most of my life overweight.
In the summer of 2013, I thought I had everything figured out. I was at a weight I was comfortable at and I was happy with how my body looked. I had experienced stomach pain and other digestive issues since childhood, but the pain started getting worse. One time, the pain was so bad that I dropped to the floor clutching my stomach. My husband wanted to take me to the hospital, but I said I would go see my doctor. My doctor prescribed an acid reducing drug, but my pain got worse.
Pain is a powerful motivator.
My quality of life was suffering and I was calling in sick to work quite frequently. I decided to take control of my own health. I started researching and reading books related to health and wellness and I tried experimenting with changes to my diet (gluten-free, alkaline). In the meantime, I continued to suffer. I finally asked my doctor for a referral to a GI specialist and was shocked by how long I would have to wait.
My doctor said it could take up to 2 years to see the specialist.
I knew I couldn`t wait that long. I needed more help than my family doctor could provide. So I went to see a naturopath in the fall of 2013. It turned out that I had low stomach acid and food intolerances: dairy, soy, and sugar. I also had to heal my gut and rebalance my gut flora. Cutting dairy out of my diet was easier than I thought it would be; however, soy and sugar were much more difficult.
Soy and sugar are in practically every conventional processed and packaged food.
I turned to the internet for inspiration and did online recipe searches. That’s when I first discovered the paleo diet through Juli Bauer (PaleOMG) and Sarah Ballantyne (The Paleo Mom). The principle of this style of eating is to remove many foods that can have a damaging effect on the body and cause inflammation: dairy, soy, refined sugar, as well as grains, legumes and processed oils. The Paleo Mom had a lot of science backed articles on her website and I started reading again. I became so interested that I bought Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo.
Reading that book changed my life!
Adopting a 100% paleo-style diet is not easy, but for several months I did try to eat paleo most of the time. Initially my husband and I made separate meals, but eventually he wanted to try some of the dishes I made. I also started feeling better which was the whole point of changing my diet.
I never realized the power of nutrition and the impact it can have on your health.
I now eat some grains and legumes, but my diet is still based on whole, nutrient-dense foods. We’ve since discovered that hubby is also intolerant to soy and sugar, along with potato. My youngest daughter has the same three intolerances as me, in addition to having Celiac Disease (she was diagnosed in 2004, just before her second birthday). Meal planning and prep is challenging, especially since hubby and I both work full-time and we have other kids who don’t have the same restrictions as we do. We try to keep our meals simple during the week, saving more time consuming meals for the weekends. We also make extra at most meals so we have leftovers.
Preparing your own meals with whole, nutrient-dense foods is the best thing you can do for your health.
Change is not easy, but if you are struggling with any kind of symptoms (digestion related or not) that never seem to get better no matter what you do, chances are more than good that it’s related to your diet. Most traditional doctors will just prescribe you a pill to treat the symptoms (like mine did) but if you don’t get to the root cause you will likely see different symptoms pop up. Also, sometimes the side effects of a drug are worse than the condition it’s prescribed to treat!
“Let food be thy medicine and let medicine by thy food” - Hippocrates
My purpose in becoming a health coach is to help others implement changes to their diet and lifestyle. I want to help people who know they need to make a change but don’t know where to start.
Also, I want to raise awareness that the highly processed, industrialized food-like products that most people consume every day are responsible for the health crises (cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity) that all developed countries are currently facing. My purpose in starting this website and blog is to share my stories, lessons I’ve learned, and helpful tips I’ve discovered on my journey to health and wellness.
You have a choice – you don’t have to be sick.
In my experience, many people know what they need to do to improve their health, but have a hard time doing it long enough to make a difference.
Or they're like me and wait until they just cannot take the pain anymore. Sometimes they even wait until they have a health scare or crisis.
I help my private and group coaching clients prioritize their health so they can prosper in life so they can have more energy and better moods while releasing unwanted weight that feels trapped on their bodies.
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