All About Me
Why did I decide to become a certified health coach?
I was looking to legitimize all my research about health and wellness. Not many people were taking my knowledge seriously. Ironically those same people, as soon as I said I was getting my certification, have come back to me with many of the same concerns.
Let's go back to the beginning.
Back in 2012 I wasn't feeling great. My baby was going to be 3 and I was exhausted, a little overweight and my joints were killing me. I could barely walk down the stairs in the morning. Oh, and extreme IBS. I decided it was time to take care of me. After all I had been through this 4 times and she was my last. I earned the me time.
I started working out while she was in preschool, a good start, but I needed to get my nutrition in check. Mac n cheese and goldfish crackers weren't cutting it and we were eating pasta every night! I reached out to a trusted friend who was using supplemental nutrition to help her achieve her goals. I was intrigued and gave it a try. I was trying to lose the 10 sticky pounds after baby (3 years later). I didn't realize there was so much more going on in my body. That's when I really started researching nutrition. What was going to work for me? I decided to give up gluten first. I didn't realize the extreme effect gluten was having on my body until I stopped eating it. It was hard at first, especially with the way I was already eating. I was giving up soft bread and pasta dinners. Staples in out home. But I quickly realized I was feeling so much better! In tandem with the all natural nutritional system I was using I was starting to see some serious changes. My inflammation was the first thing to go. Next the IBS and severe joint pain. Then the daily headaches! This was amazing. I was starting to get back to me.
I kept researching why I was gluten intolerant. It came down to my thyroid. When you research hypothyroidism, gluten and soy intolerance is one of the main side effects. I've never had a doctor tell me that. I had to become my own advocate. I have had hypothyroidism for 23 years. But only because I requested the test. My doctor thought I was depressed. Never be afraid to tell your HC provider they could be wrong. It's rare they will spend the time getting to the bottom of your symptoms.
This is why I decided to become a certified health coach. I want to be the gap between you and your doctor. Most doctors want this too. They aren't allowed the time you need. Most aren't trained in nutrition, they'll be the first to admit it. That is where I and other coaches come in. We are your gap fillers.