I know exactly what it feels like to be stressed, confused and frustrated with the health and nutrition world.
I spent most of my life hating my body, wishing I were thinner and searching for the ultimate diet, the best workout plan, or that one supplement combination that would give me the perfect body and the perfect life.
I spent years learning about the basics of nutrition through trial and error and googling (thanks internet). I kept expanding my knowledge which lead me to change from the ‘counting all the calories, restricting myself, eating low fat, obsessed with protein bars’ diet that I ate while I was in the fitness industry, to a more ‘paleoish, veggies rule, food quality matters, nutrient dense food’ diet.
That drastically changed my body, got rid of my crazy sugar cravings, helped me shed some pounds and more. BUT I was still suffering from things like: stomach cramping, bloating, poor energy, chronic fatigue, hormone imbalance (like painful periods and cystic acne), and the impacts of living a busy, stressful lifestyle (like feeling burnt out at the end of each week).
I had changed my diet. I was eating so well. WHAT THE HECK was I missing?
It was as if my own body was against me
- even though I was desperately trying anything to make it happy -
it was still turning on me.
Sugar Cravings - that randomly came back with vengeance
Low Energy - that had me sleeping 8+ hours a night and STILL feeling exhausted
Mood Swings - that made me feel extra emotional, or frustrated, or was I just HANGRY?
Head aches & Bloating - that didn’t go away when I changed my diet
Constant Weight Loss Plateaus - even when I followed a set healthy plan & exercise
Horrible, Painful Adult Cystic Acne - even thought I changed to natural skin care
After years of being in the fitness and health industry (I am also a Certified Athletic Therapist and Certified Personal Trainer), trying all the fad diets and workout plans, I figured “eating healthy” wasn’t going to cut it anymore. In fact, the more I learned about nutrition, the more confused I became (because I THOUGHT I was doing it “all right”).
I was tired of hoping for a diet to work. Trying to wade through the marketing BS and blog posts was exhausting & I wanted an actionable plan based on nutrition education, my specific circumstances, with ways to track my progress so that I could get results and get back to my life.
& then it hit me:
IT’s NOT JUST WHAT YOU EAT, BUT HOW AND WHY
there are so many different styles of healthy eating out there. maybe I was trying to WRONG style for MY BODY!
feeling exhausted all the time wasn’t normal & I had a choice to find a solution.
it was up to me to find the root problem & find a natural solution to fix it. I needed a long term game plan, no more quick fix BS.
finding the perfect acne products was not going to heal my acne.
I needed the actual solution so that I didn’t have to deal with acne ever again. What was causing my cystic acne in the first place and how could I fix it?
I realized I needed to get to the root cause of all my other health symptoms & find a way to heal & support my body in order to find what I was truly looking for.
THE MISSING PIECE OF THE PUZZLE.
Why Nutritional Therapy made me successful at healing my body:
food first recommendations specific to the individuals life & body (it all starts with food)
learning the value of the right supplementation (not just Dr. Google)
having a clear roadmap & specific protocols to follow (literally designed for MY body)
No more throwing supplements, diets, fads, bars, shakes, restrictions at the wall and crossing my fingers something would stick!
Nutritional Therapy for me meant:
healing my painful cystic adult acne (that made me not want to leave the house)
decreasing my PMS symptoms like breast tenderness, painful cramps, irregular periods, irritability, crazing cravings (that I thought were “normal”)
dialling back the effects of a stressful lifestyle to combat low energy, poor quality of sleep, skipping meals or binge eating when I finally had time to eat, craving sugar & caffeine, yawning all afternoon, feeling irritable before meals, endless weight loss struggles (ditching these allowed me to finally feel CONFIDENT & live my life)
taking the pressure off being perfect with my eating or worse, having me undo all my hard work after a busy week (because it isn’t about counting calories or bad vs good foods but rather what steps will work for you)
The best part? It actually worked!
I no longer chase a number on the scale or a fad way of eating. I don’t count calories.
I have complete confidence in the way I craft a meal, in the supplements I take & my ability to trust my body. I’m not perfect but food is fun again & no longer a source of my stress.
And that’s exactly how my clients feel too.
Using real food nutrition I evolved my relationship with food & learnt to Eat Confident.
I was able to heal my body & get back to being my energized self!