If I look back 15 years ago, my physical and mental health were a mess! I was overweight, ate a standard American diet full of fast food and I had no energy to get through my days. To top it off, I struggled with chronic depression and anxiety every day.
Each day felt like a struggle just to get out of bed. It was hard to focus, it was hard to enjoy anything in life, and I really wasn’t sure what I could do to help myself feel better. Western medicine doctors wanted to prescribe me pain pills and medications, which I never felt in alignment with. So, I decided to seek out a more holistic approach to my health.
At the beginning of 2009, I said enough is enough and sought out my first Naturopathic doctor. Luckily for me, this doctor was really into holistic nutrition!
We started with a food allergy test, and sure enough I came back allergic to dairy and sugar. All of which were primary in my diet at the time. By simply removing these food triggers, and adding in a few more vegetables to my diet, I lost 12 pounds in 2 months and felt the most energy I had ever had since I was a child.
That was only the beginning, after a year of making changes to my diet, I was hungry for more! With this hunger for knowledge, I enrolled in my first Holistic Nutrition Certification in 2010. The knowledge I gained in this program helped me further elevate my own health, as I learned how to proactively take care of myself. I learned how to use food as medicine to heal my body and my mind. And when I began to pair that with other holistic practices like yoga, breathwork and meditation, the healing got even greater!