Hi, I'm Emily
I wasn't always eating kale and making my own kombucha...
Growing up, I ate "normal" foods readily accepted in the American diet: cereal, whole grains, sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, fruit, vegetables, and dairy. I never worried about calories (thank goodness!) but also didn't care about food quality. It all seemed the same to me. I never made the connection between what I was eating and how it was making me feel.
I was rail-thin, a distance runner and lacrosse player. I was a three-sport varsity athlete in high school. While running six days a week, I would fuel up on carbs (pasta and bread) and then eat takeout for lunch because I was always famished. Thinking I was blessed with great genes, I figured I could eat anything I wanted without gaining weight. Since I was an athlete, I figured I was "healthy."
Toward the end of high school, I began having migraines, extreme fatigue in the mornings, energy dips, and mood swings. As a college student, I got worse. I began to gain weight, get acne, and was always cold. After college came the anxiety, depression, heart palpitations, restless & swollen legs, puffy face, insomnia, dry skin, brittle hair, chronic back pain, bloating, blood sugar issues, and heartburn. My joint pain was so bad, it hurt to even think about running.
Although this seems like a lot, all of these symptoms are common…and somehow connected… But I didn’t know it at the time.
In an attempt to clear up my skin, I began using a chemical acne treatment. In an attempt to lose weight, I began counting calories, adding fiber supplements, and eating low-fat foods and whole wheat grains which would leave me feeling deprived and empty... and constantly hungry. I was scared to eat an entire avocado because of the fat and calories yet would think nothing of drinking a large glass of orange juice, eat granola or bread three meals a day (sugar!). After all, we're told these are healthy, right?
Looking back, I now realize all of these seemingly disparate symptoms were actually related. My diet was killing me. I just wasn't in tune with what my body was trying to tell me.
In 2012, after going to countless conventional doctors who told me "nothing was wrong", I finally was diagnosed with a common autoimmune disorder, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. My body was attacking itself and destroying my thyroid so it couldn’t function. That doctor put me on medication and told me there was nothing else I could do to get rid of the symptoms or stop the attack on my thyroid. I would need medication for life.
After that discouraging news, I decided to take my health into my own hands.
It has always been in my nature to question the norm. I did my own research. I read everything I could about this disease. After reading bloggers' similar stories and how they put their autoimmune diseases in remission, I made it my life goal to reverse my disease (even when conventional medicine tells us it's impossible). Through my research and the help of functional medical providers, I discovered I also had symptoms of leaky gut, adrenal fatigue, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), pre-diabetes, mold exposure, candida, blood sugar imbalances, and fungal infections.
I started by giving up gluten. Immediately, I noticed my symptoms lessen. As time went on, I started swapping out processed food for real food -- not out of a box or can. I began looking at ingredients rather than counting calories. Where did it come from? How was the meat raised? What was the sugar content of these so-called “health” foods? I added good, essential fats back into my diet to feed my brain and body. I focused on quality rather than quantity.
My body began to thank me.
As I slowly removed the processed food and chemical-laden beauty products from my life, my health began to return and my body healed. I no longer felt deprived.
While I have not completely undone the damage from my previous adherence to the typical American “food pyramid” (low-fat, high carbs) and I still have a way to go, my energy has returned and my daily stomach pain is gone. I no longer have migraines, joint pain, heartburn, blood sugar issues, or restless legs. Although I have been through some scary times, I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world. I have seen firsthand the power of REAL NUTRITION and how it can restore vitality to your body and bring you back to health.
Your body is meant to heal from within.
Because I was so passionate about my own health and what I observed in friends and family, I studied to become a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. I can now share my knowledge so you don’t need to suffer for as long as I did.