In early 2016, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. For most of my life I have struggled to maintain a healthy weight, despite living a very active lifestyle, and eating a clean diet. I had suspected Thyroid disorder for years, but was told time and time again that my labs were “normal”. My symptoms continued to get worse, peaking in 2015. Not getting any answers through conventional medicine, I turned to Functional Medicine, and it was Functional Medicine that gave me the answers I needed to begin my healing journey. Throughout my healing process I have followed Detox, Elimination, AIP, and Keto food plans. It has been my experience that true healing encompasses mind, body, and soul. I have personally developed a meditation, positive imagery, and belly breathing practice as a part of my healing process, and encourage my clients to utilize these tools as part of theirs. Through diet and lifestyle modification, I was able to get my Hashimoto’s into remission.
Health, nutrition, and wellness have long been a passion of mine and during the early stages of my Hashimoto’s diagnosis that passion motivated me to do lot of research. It was through this research that I discovered a Functional Medicine Health Coaching program being offered by FMCA. I saw this program as the perfect opportunity for me to apply my passion for health, wellness, healing, and helping others. One of the biggest challenges I faced as a newly diagnosed autoimmune patient was having a lot of questions, but no real support system. When I realized that Health Coaches help to fill that void, I knew it was my calling.
I believe the key to success is working with each individual and allowing them to work at pace that is realistic for them. The major components my clients and I address are diet, rest, exercise, and stress. There are an abundance of stressors in our everyday lives, some obvious, some hidden. Together with Dr. Kozlowski, I help my clients identify the stressors that are keeping them sick and develop a plan to help reduce stress and promote healing.
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Disclaimer - (*)results may vary from patient to patient