I thought I was doing everything right! Yet, I gained 60 pounds over the past 20 years. Well, maybe I have really gained 120 pounds if I count all the pounds I regained after I lost them on one of the countless diets I tried over the years. I counted calories, watched my points, watched my carbs, and watched my fat. I ate cabbage soup; became a vegan (for 5 minutes); you get the idea. I woke up one day and realized my body was in full revolt. My gallbladder had been removed and I struggled with digestive issues every day. I suffered from brain fog, fatigue, food and environmental allergies, joint pain and a variety of other symptoms that prevented me from doing many of things I loved. Then my doctor told me that diabetes and heart disease which prematurely took the life of my parents was where I was headed if something didn't change soon. I was frustrated. I was told "lose weight, exercise..." and I had tried to do these things and failed, repeatedly. Then I was diagnosed with Leaky Gut. What? My gut was leaking? What did that mean? What did that have to do with what I was experiencing with my health?
That diagnosis led me on a journey to discover what good health and a healthy weight might look like for me. I wondered how the condition of my gut could affect the ache in my big toe! I began studying gut health with Karen Langston. Through my study to become a Healthy Gut Advisor, I discovered how my food and lifestyle choices had a direct connection to the symptoms my family and I dealt with every day. I also discovered that others may not struggle with weight but many of the symptoms they did struggle with were directly connected with the gut. Although I was on my own journey of discovery, I was mindful of my parents, my husband, my daughter, my friends, my church family and others who struggled with many of these same symptoms and how the information I was learning could make a huge difference in their quality of life. I thought I had been eating fairly healthy. I also thought burning the candle at both ends was being productive and sleep was a luxury. But this way of thinking led to the dis-ease in my body and ultimately Leaky Gut. Coming to this understanding created a deep desire to share what I learned with others seeking a healthier, happier, life. Life is too short not to live it happy, healthy, and well!
I continued my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition*, where I studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. As a certified Healthy Gut Advisor and health coach, I work with you to create a completely personalized action plan based on your goals and your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources. Your body is talking to you. Are you listening? Your body is far more capable of healing than you have been led to believe. I want to help you unlock that healing potential. I teach my clients how to listen to their body, to examine their food and lifestyle choices and to create and manage an individual plan to achieve long-term health with energy, vitality, and joy.