"I'm grateful I learned to listen. To listen you can't have a philosophy in your head."  Sebi

“Each patient carries his own doctor inside him." Norman Cousins

 

I was 18, freshly into college and at tennis practice when my legs randomnly gave out & I collapsed in a heap on the tennis court, leaving my coach, teammates and myself mystified. Returning to my dorm room, I sat on the edge of my bed and finally admitted to myself that something was wrong. I did a mental scan of the previous months and began connecting the dots between a series of symptoms that had only been getting worse.

I was only able to sleep between 3-5 hours a night and would often wake up at night in a cold sweat with numb arms & legs & pain radiating from my neck and back. I had mental fog, poor attention span, and retaining information was becoming increasingly difficult. I was having major mood swings, several throughout the day and my outlook on life was getting darker for no reason.  I developed chronic acne, my hair was thinning out and my digestion was at times painful. The worst was the throbbing pain all over my body which at times felt like being wrapped in heated barbwire.

Coming from a family of doctors I went the allopathic route and was diagnosed with a severe case of Fibromyalgia and a sleeping disorder.  I had previously been given diagnoses for ADD & Bipolar disorder. That marked the beginning of 5 years of physical, mental and emotional hell. At age 22, I was taking over 30 pharmaceutical pills a day and needed help moving around, such as getting in and out of cars.

I went to top specialists and clinic after clinic both in the US and in Europe and I was given the same answer over and over- that I would not recover and that I would have to manage my illness with pharmaceuticals.

I remember one particular time receiving this same diagnosis from a doctor considered to be the top specialist in the US for sleeping disorders. I felt devastating sadness while also becoming aware of a  growing conviction inside me that I was not being given the answers I needed. Looking back now I realize all I ever received were hypothetical diagnoses and pseudo solutions on symptom suppression and illness management. That was the beginning of an almost decades long search/exploration into what health really is.

I dove into researching and studying old and current healing systems including Ayurveda, Chinese Medical Nutrition, Macrobiotics, Herbology, Naturopathy, Food Combining, Body Ecology, Raw Foodism, Veganism, GAPS, Traditional and Ancestral Nutrition along with various healing modalities and therapies. 

After piecing it all together and working with alternative health practitioners, my illness was a combination of:

  • Adrenal Burnout
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Systemic Inflammation
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Food Intolerances
  • Gut Dysbiosis/Candida/Parasites
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Heavy Metal Toxicity

I implemented a personalized program for myself based on all I had learned and I began to heal. Within less than 18 months my sleep was resolved, my digestive problems were gone, my stamina and energy were high, my skin clear, my focus and attention span were normal, my mood swings aka "Bipolar disorder" completely gone and no trace of the "Fibromyalgia" was left. I had more healing to do which I was able to do over the next few years following. It took time to create that level of imbalance and it would take some time to get well again, but now I knew how. 

I moved from feeling powerless to feeling empowered in my body. Most importantly, I felt like I had my life back.

 

 

My Approach

 

Health & Wellbeing impact every area of our life. They are the direct byproduct of the environment created when there is great self care and self management- 

How intentional are we about our needs?

And....

How clear and connected are we to who we are and what we desire from life?

 

I consider those to be defining questions in our life. 

We are driven by our needs, we are sustained by our connection to our own soul and we are fueled by our passions and dreams. {Tweet it}

 

I work with clients by developing nutrition and lifestyle programs that enable them to reconnect with their health, vitality & wellbeing as well as help them design a life they love that is true to who they are, full of connection and play.

 

Lifestyle Factors

When we intentionally stack lifestyle factors in the our favor, lifestyle factors like right nutrition, right movement, sufficient rest, emotion release, right mindset, healthy relationships and reconnection to clarity around passions, dreams, and envisioning the future, we are in flow.

 

Biomarkers

In the program I keep weekly track of increases in health & wellbeing as well as life satisfaction through Biomarkers:

Biomarkers such as:

  • Energy levels

  • Mental Focus

  • Muscle tone & body composition

  • Weight

  • Sleep quality

  • Immunity to illnesses

  • Increases in positive and stable moods

  • Digestive system function

 

 

 

 

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