My journey to living life in full bloom.
I was there.
I was constantly exhausted, dealing with a myriad of aches and pains, struggling with brain fog and concentration issues and not to mention the emotional rollercoaster I was on.
I had the epitome of a healthy lifestyle, yet on the inside I felt far from healthy. I felt stuck, I knew I wanted to feel better but I didn't know how to get there. I tried everything that "should" work and I didn't get the results I was looking for.
That's when I found a functional approach to wellness that looked at the body as an interconnected system, where everything is linked and our symptoms are a guide to the root cause of our issues.
I used this approach to reconnect to my body and learn how the signals my body giving me to guide me back to wellness.
I look forward to supporting you on your unique wellness journey and empowering you to learn how to do the same with your body.
So you want to know a little more about my journey? I think it all started with my tendency to stretch myself too thin. I have always set high expectations for myself, some may say perfectionist, but of course I would never actually admit that. Add in the fact that I am a people pleaser to my core, and what you get is an unrealistic set of expectations that I had set for myself. With everything I was trying to balance, I found myself in this cycle of over doing it until I completely crashed. When I crashed I would feel so exhausted that I could barely get out of bed in the morning and I would pass out on the couch as soon as I got home from work. I would feel so depressed and defeated, with absolutely no motivation. With how drained I was feeling physically, mentally and emotionally, I felt stuck and didn’t even know where to start to “get back on track”.
Overtime, I realized all this pressure and stress was having an impact on how I was feeling on a daily basis. I was absolutely exhausted, would never wake up feeling refreshed or ready to take on the day. It was a miracle if I went a day without a headache or brain fog. And I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster, never knowing what to expect and never feeling in control. As you can imagine, all of this was really having a toll on my and the people around me. Not to mention it made my ambitious goals feel that much more unattainable.
I tried so many things to help resolve this collecting of symptoms. I would drink my green goop every morning with all the vegetables, fruit and super foods I could fit in the blender, I genuinely enjoyed my giant kale salads for lunch, I felt guilty if I missed a run and explored all the holistic health practitioners I could find. I should have been the picture of health, and sure I might have looked that way, but I felt far from it. Sure these things helped, but the relief was only temporary.
Through some serendipitous moment, I stumbled across the concept of functional nutrition, and I dove right in. From the first time I heard of this approach and the premise behind it, I knew this was going to be key in regaining my heath and my life. I took course after course and listened to all the podcasts I came across, I could not get enough.
The aspect of a functional approach that really drew me in was the focus on the need to address the root causes of the issue, not simply the symptoms. In my case, instead of trying to deal with the fatigue, headaches, chronic pain and mood swings, I needed to look why these symptoms were happening and how it related to the chronic stress I was experiencing. It is all about using the symptoms to guide your wellness journey. I thought of my symptoms as my body’s way of trying to communicate with me what it needed.
I learned to slow down and start listening to my body. I started to get more in touch with how I was feeling on all levels and learned what causes my symptoms to get worse and what helped to alleviate them. My wellness journey is never ended, I am constantly making adjustments and trying new approaches to see how I can feel my best. It isn’t all rainbows and butterflies, I still have challenging times were I revert to my old habits or ways of thinking, but these periods are not as common and certainly not as extreme. I continue to learn more about my body, what it needs, what it doesn’t and how to best incorporate changes in my life.
That's enough about my journey. Some other fun facts about me I am love 90’s and early 2000’s R &B and hiphop, I have a mild obsession with wine gums and swedish berries, I haven’t come across a pooch I don’t love, I look for any excuse to get out in nature, whether that is strolling through the forest or exploring a new lake. Anything else you want to know, just ask!