About Me

My health journey

Version 2My name is Carole St-Laurent and I am a writer, mother, wife, blogger and tennis player.  My family moved to South Carolina in 2007 and I started to write full time.

Menopause hit at my door the year we moved to SC and I shouldn’t have answered.  Hot flashes in 104F weather are no fun.  When our AC broke down that summer – twice- the repair company cringed each time I called.  With hindsight, I cringe too.  I was out of control, the caricatural menopaused woman who wanted nothing more than to sleep in a freezer.

With menopause came other symptoms that messed with my mental clarity and my emotional steadiness.  I became depressed, I hurt all over, I couldn’t sleep and I could not lose weight.  Even with a rigorous diet and strict exercise regimen, each year I gained one or two pounds.  My doctor kept reassuring me, and I kept telling him he wasn’t listening.  I didn’t want prozac or sleeping pills, I wanted to know what was wrong in my body.

I searched for other doctors, more open to alternative medicine and natural methods of living well.  It took me five years to find the right doctor with the right approach.

After multiple blood tests, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease.  I became gluten-free in November 2011.  I pursued further testing and found out I had multiple food intolerances.  Once I quit eating those foods, I lost fifteen pounds in four months.

15 lbs in 4 months.

Isn’t it amazing?  I struggled all my life with my weight, and in four months, eating the foods that didn’t hurt me, the weight dropped off, I slept through the nights, I had energy and mental clarity and for the first time in forever, I was healthy.

This health journey of mine guided me to a fork in the road; continue writing or take the health road into unknown 1-21DSDCoach-Im-Certified-Graphicterritory. I chose the unknown territory and I enrolled in the Nutritional Therapy Association program in September 2015, because I believe there are scores of people out there who have no clue how to recapture their health and vitality. With a few lifestyle modifications, life can be GREAT again, and I want to share my journey to help others.

I am proud to announce I completed the NTA program in June 2016 and became a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.

I also became a 21 Day Sugar Detox certified coach, because I believe blood sugar control goes a long way toward health. The 21DSD program is based on real foods, there’s no gimmicks, no shakes, no magic pills. It’s the best stepping stone for a healthier lifestyle.

So here we are, where the right FOODs can HEAL us so we can all THRIVE.