Why did I become a holistic nutritionist?
Updated: Jun 19, 2019
1. Medication didn’t fix me.
After I had my gallbladder removed I began having severe attacks of pain in my upper stomach and lower chest that woke me in the middle of the night. I called it “heart attack pain.” It felt like I was being squeezed really hard on the inside. I spent a year and a half going through all kinds of testing…endoscopy, colonoscopy, CAT scans, barium swallow, ph and manometry testing (miserable test) and more. All they could find was a hiatal hernia and bile in my stomach. I didn’t have acid reflux, but was diagnosed with bile reflux. I went on PPIs and bile binding medications and still woke up every night with severe pain. At my wits end, I turned to a nutritional therapist and my world changed. I was floored that dietary changes made such a difference. I went off the medications that weren’t working and added supplements and soluble fiber. I couldn’t believe how much of a difference it made and decided to get my own training in nutrition.
2. I’m fascinated by how the body works and responds to certain foods and chemicals.
I was constantly amazed (and still am) by what I learned in my studies. I learned how damaging the modern diet of processed and convenience food is to our bodies. I learned how nutrient deficiencies cause so many of our health issues today. I spent years studying the human mind and emotions when I worked on my master in counseling and studying nutrition added additional insights into emotional and physical health.
3. I’m disturbed by the amount of nutrition-based health issues in today’s society.
So many of the medical issues we face today are because of how we eat! Just look at the rising rate of heart disease, obesity, cancer, Type II diabetes, acid reflux, IBS and the list goes on and on! We are feeding our bodies more than ever before, but the foods we eat aren’t giving us the nutrients we need.
4. People are happier when they feel better.
It can be really difficult to make dietary changes and takes time and discipline but I’ve never met a person who regretted making the change. When you are able to reduce your symptoms and are no longer in daily pain, life is so much better.
5. I have a deep desire to help others heal through nutrition.
Since I first discovered the healing properties of a whole foods diet, I have wanted to help make a difference in the lives of others. We all go to the doctor wanting relief from our symptoms and they typically give us two options…medication or surgery. Sometimes these things help, and other times they don’t. But doctors rarely tell us that changing our diet can help us heal and feel better. We might hear we need to lose weight, exercise more, sleep more, reduce stress, but often aren’t given the tools to learn how to do all of those things. I’d like to help!