At the age of 14, living in Denmark I was hospitalized for a month with strange symptoms of swollen painful joints that ultimately was diagnosed as "inflammation" and I was prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs. The drugs helped minimally and I had many subsequent visits to different doctors, some in South Africa believing in juvenile arthritis, growing pains etc. but no results, only prescriptions. In my late teens, residing in Australia still suffering from stiff painful joints I consulted with a Holistic Practitioner. I was prescribed a multitude of supplements, change of diet and to stay off dairy. Had I had a Health Coach that would have held me accountable and been supportive to the "prescribed journey" and my goal of feeling better without drugs, I am convinced my current results had come a lot sooner. I was young, poor and without any support mentally or financially, all factors also contributing to not following thru with the holistic approach. Around the age of 25 now living in the USA and on my continued quest for answers, I out of pain and frustration consulted a rheumatologist (again) who finally diagnosed me with the autoimmune disease Ankylosing Spondylitis
. Sorry no treatment but we can give you a prescription.... well at least I knew what was the problem, but not really why or how to go on, knowing the continued use of drugs would create another series of issues in the future. From worry, pain, frustration and some hope, I decided in spite of past history with drugs, to take the advice of my new rheumatologist and gave in to the prescriptions. I asked for advice and help, received a prescription and some tips. What I didn't get was support, assistance or guidance.
After almost 40 years on anti-inflammatory drugs I finally had enough.
January of 2015 I decided to take charge. I made many changes in my life, one being diet (eliminating dairy) a change which I am now so excited to say has contributed immensely to being free of any drugs and I an now using FOOD AS MY MEDICINE .... I feel better than I have in many years and can frankly only give myself the credit.
This is where my journey begins again..... the best years of my life have yet to be lived.... I am passionate about supporting, assisting and guiding others to reach their "best years yet" whatever that may include. Never give up.... we got this!!!
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
, where I studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. With my knowledge, we co-create completely personalized actions based on your goals to move you toward your ideal vision of health within your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources.
As a coach, I put the power back in YOUR hands.
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