I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease in January of 2012, through a chiropractor who practiced functional medicine as spearheaded by Dr. Datis Kharrazian, author of Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms and Why Isn’t My Brain Working fame. I learned Hashimoto’s Disease is an autoimmune disease, and that what I ate all my life might have contributed to my health decline.
Food as the root of my health problems? Could it be so simple? And yet so challenging?
I underwent several blood tests, tests not prescribed by the standard of care. I paid out of pocket – it was expensive – but the results were priceless. It catapulted me onto a path I never saw coming in my (then) 46 years of life.
While nearing my fifties, I felt younger and stronger than in my thirties. The nutrition changes I made, though simple, gave me hope for the first time in years. My brain fog lifted, my joint pain went away, I no longer needed several prescription medications, and my hormones regulated. In my view, it was no less than a miracle.
Now, becoming healthier is a long term endeavor and the work is never done. Nutritionally, I started in 2012 by becoming gluten-free, then I went paleo, then keto, and now I eat specific nutrient dense foods to enhance my gut flora and keep inflammation low.
These changes spurred me to action: at 50 years old, I went back to school and graduated in 2016 as a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. This year, I decided to strengthen my nutritional knowledge and became a certified Restorative Wellness Solution, Level 1 Practitioner, which gives me access to lab testing.
My specialty is blood sugar regulation. I attend several conferences per year to shore up my knowledge. I use a real food, lower carbohydrate, and sometimes ketogenic approach to restore healthier blood sugar levels. I’ve been a 21 Day Sugar Detox coach for 3 years and love how clients rediscover how real foods make them feel re-energized.
I have a deep love for local, organic, properly grown/raised foods right here in Greenwood County. It’s amazing what great farmers can offer us if we only take the time to discover them!
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