In 2019 I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease - Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and told there was nothing I could do except take synthetic thyroid medication.
I knew that couldn't be the whole story. So, I used my 2 science degrees to wade through the research, experimented with eating the AIP way and reversed every single symptom on my long list.
I knew this approach worked so I decided to specialise in helping others in the same way. At age 49 I went back to school.
I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
where I learned innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and over 100 dietary theories – Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between.
I studied with the world's top health and wellness experts including
- Joshua Rosenthal, founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
- Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, chair of nutrition at Harvard University
- Andrew Weil, MD, director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
- Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
- Susan Blum, MD, MPH, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
- Mark Hyman, MD, founder of The UltraWellness Center
- Geneen Roth, Pioneer of Emotional Eating and Empowerment, Bestselling Author
- Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University
- Mark Bittman, food writer for The New York Times and bestselling author
- Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician and leading expert on nutritional healing
Autoimmune Paleo Training
I also graduated from the Autoimmune Protocol Health Coach Training, studying the work of Sarah Ballantyne PhD, Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott.
The Autoimmune Paleo Protocol (AIP) focuses on eliminating the foods which are known to trigger autoimmunity, increasing the amount of nutrient dense foods on your plate and really understanding, perhaps for the first time in your life, what YOU, as an individual need to eat to be well.
This approach works for anyone wanting to:
- improve the symptoms they experience with Autoimmune Disease
- Heal their Digestive System - the root cause of almost all disease
- Improve symptoms of IBS
- Support all chronic illness including diabetes and obesity
Stress Management and Mindset Training
Great health is about more than the food on your plate, it's also about lifestyle and stress is a large part of that. And this is a BIG part of how I work with clients.
As a Senior Yoga and Meditation Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals, I bring over 2 decades of experience to my health coaching.
I have also been blessed to study with Sylvia Kornas, one of the top PGI Consultants in the world, in techniques for rewriting our inner story: permanent change is unrealistic without addressing our diet of thoughts. So, I work with clients to unpick the limiting beliefs that hold them back from creating the health and life they really want, and rewrite that narrative into one they do want.