My story is not unique, there aren’t any bells or whistles, but instead, it’s a story whom many can relate.
You could say my entrance into the health and wellness profession was gradual. I’ve always been passionate about health through home cooking, proper nutrition and exercise. It wasn’t until 2014 when I was faced health issues of my own that it became crystal clear; I had developed a thirst for more knowledge and an even deeper hunger to help others facing health challenges like myself.
Holistic nutrition views the mind, body and soul as a complete unit. It takes into account our various forms – physical, emotional, mental and energetic – and their effects on the human body. Not all traumas can be seen with a naked eye. In some cases, like my own, it’s the emotional grievances that can inflict the most damage.
At the beginning of 2015, like most traumas, I was blindsided by a life-changing event that resulted in extreme grief for over a year. As a result, I lost my appetite, my sleep cycle was obliterated and my healthy lifestyle went down the drain. For months, I dealt with it the best I knew how, denial, until my body gave out and through symptoms revealed it had taken me as far as it could, but it couldn’t go on any further.
I felt run-down, lethargic, apathetic and couldn’t get out of bed. It took everything in me to pick myself up and I needed countless cups of coffee to bring me back to life. I experienced cravings for salt like I had never felt before. By mid-afternoon, the caffeine would have worn off and massive energy slump would shortly follow, inevitably leading me back to bed. At night, like clockwork, I’d wake up at 2 am, crippled by hunger pains and would stay awake until 5am. I’d eventually nod off from complete exhaustion only to repeat the cycle the following day. I discovered the stress had crippled my body, over-exhausting my adrenals, our main gland responsible for coping with stress. I was suffering from adrenal fatigue and not far behind was an underactive thyroid.
On a more physical level, I gained weight, was struck with acne along the jawline and had developed amenorrhea. All symptoms of an hormonal imbalance. Mentally, I had reached an all-time low, one I had never experienced in my life. My emotional bank had depleted all of its resources. I had succumbed to complete bankruptcy of my mind, body and soul.
My journey back to holistic wellness accelerated at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I spent endless hours reading countless books, trying to absorb as much knowledge as I could. I wanted and needed to know what was happening to my body. By listening to its many cries, I learned what was needed in order to restore my vitality. Listening to my body was the springboard to my recovery.
I’ve learned that feeling run-down, tired and sluggish is not the norm. Chronic fatigue should not be written off as increasing age, but instead your body’s cry for help. Acquiring the tools to restore your liveliness and inner balance through nutrient-dense foods, physical movement, supplementation and lifestyle tweaks is the richest gift you can ever give yourself. Today, I feel better today than I ever have in my short life.
My mission is to spread awareness, reignite your love for life and help you discover how amazing you can look and feel by listening to your greatest tool; your body.
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver” Mahatma Gandhi