Growing up from then to now, I learned that food matters. Healthy digestion matters. A clean body matters. And nothing good comes from anything less, personally or professionally. I am a health coach. I practice what I preach, but in my own life, I was never the picture of health — far from it.
For as far back as I can remember, I have been sick. For many people, looking back on their childhood brings memories of playing outside, family trips, and everything else that goes along with being a happy, healthy child. But I remember having a fragile constitution, bad motion sickness, and an inability to focus, think, or remember. Those are not the things that stand out to most people about their childhood. But that was my life; that’s all I knew.
The constant illness made me feel weak, and I lacked confidence because I was always sick, always struggling. The worst part was that no one knew just how sick I was. I was a strong person, and I hid my illness well. To everyone around me, I was, for the most part, a picture of health. To me, though, life was a struggle.
I spent the early part of my life going from doctor to doctor. None of them listened. None of them helped. My entire childhood was filled with anxiety, sickness, and living in a fog.
A Bumpy Road to Health
By the time I reached my 20s, I had a laundry list of symptoms, most of which are, unfortunately, deemed commonplace now. I went from doctor to doctor, specialist to specialist, dragging my never-ending list of symptoms with me, all the while searching for an answer, for a cure. I saw acupuncturists, Chinese healers, endocrinologists, naturopaths, nutritionists, urologists, and the list goes on and on.
For most of my life, I suffered from:
Labyrinthitis was the scariest issue of all. I wasn’t just dizzy. I had violent bursts of debilitating vertigo that made me pass out. Afterward, I couldn’t walk on my own or talk for weeks at a time, and my mother had to take care of me. I couldn’t function without help.
The amazing part is that through it all, I completed college, received my nutritionist license (among other certifications and titles), and worked as a successful health coach and nutritionist. I did all this while searching for and failing to find solutions to my health issues.
Over the years, I sought out every kind of natural healer that exists. I even paid a visit to a famous healer who supposedly could cure cancer. They didn’t help. No one had the answer.
I branded myself as a detoxification and digestive health specialist, but something was missing. I just couldn’t figure out what it was.
What Turned It Around
Once, my doctor prescribed anti-anxiety medicine for my crippling anxiety. Because I’m a petite person, the medication, even in a low dose, made me unable to function. I told the doctor, and he said that if I wouldn’t listen to him and take the pills as directed, he couldn’t help me.
That is when I knew that if I wanted to find a solution for all my issues, I’d have to look within, let my intuition guide me, and find the answers on my own. I got better, then crashed, got better, then crashed. My road to wellness was anything but straight.
I began studying wellness instead of illness. My intuition told me there was a solution. I knew that to find it, I had to get to the source of the issue. My life depended on it. I jokingly said that I was losing my sass, but it was more than that. I was losing who I was as a person. I knew that I was the only one able to get it back.
What Finally Helped
I found a clinical nutritionist who taught me that food mattered and that food is medicine. I lived with chronic constipation and learned that certain foods helped. That piqued my interest. I also learned that colon health mattered. Your stools, or lack thereof, will tell you if something is wrong.
I paid attention to everything I put in my body. I made sure I only consumed green juice, water, and whole, healthy foods. Even though my health significantly improved, I still believed that something was missing. I felt like a jigsaw puzzle that was missing a piece.
How I Found the Missing Puzzle Piece
I scoured the internet for anything that spoke about achieving wellness rather than fighting illness. That’s when I happened upon a healthcare practitioner who gave a lecture at a virtual conference I attended on parasites. When I heard this person speak, it was like a lightning bolt from heaven.
That was when I knew I had found the missing piece of my wellness puzzle. I learned that I needed to remove all the toxins that were suppressing my immune system so my body could heal itself.
That’s when I began a mold detox and parasite protocol, and my health improved dramatically. I learned how environmental and industrial toxins affect bodily functions, and once I addressed that, I could finally achieve optimal health. Today I am the picture of health inside and out, and my passion is to help others achieve the same. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
My Advice for Others
The best piece of advice I can give others is to “turn inward.” Stop listening to everyone else and trust the way your body talks to you. Symptoms are signs that something is wrong. Never treat the symptoms alone. Always look for the cause, the source. And don’t stop until you find it. There’s always a solution.
Be an advocate for your health. Your body is speaking to you. If you really listen, it will lead the way back to health, just like it did for me.