A WELLNESS MAVEN
I’m Emily, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and self-proclaimed wellness maven. I am here to connect with people and help them achieve the quality of life that they deserve by addressing their nutrition and lifestyle. I believe that the body can heal with a little love and attention and people can turn their life around by making the decision to commit to themselves.
For over ten years I have been on my own healing journey. I bounced around from specialist to specialist and started racking up quite the tab each month at my local CVS with all of my prescriptions. One day, I had a moment in my car after picking up my prescriptions. I laid all of them out and had a thought. This did not look like the life of a young and vibrant twenty-something. This looked like the life of someone ill and who was suffering. Not only that, but I realized with all of these medications, I had not been experiencing much relief from my symptoms. I felt like a sucker. I had been so desperate to feel better that I was just doing whatever all of my medical professionals were telling me to do. I never questioned it. All the while, my life (on repeat) had turned into visiting doctors, taking medicine, feeling horrible, and missing work and social commitments on a regular basis because I was dealing with a myriad of symptoms.
Throughout my health journey I’ve dealt with hypothyroid, migraines, chronic fatigue, insomnia, inflammation, G.I. issues, weight gain, bloat, acne, anxiety, depression, and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Those are just a couple from my highlight reel. I’ve had some good days and some bad days, never knowing what I would be waking up to. My work was suffering, I was absent from friendships, and I was living my life on my couch because I did not have the energy to do much about it. I passed a lot of these symptoms off for a while because I was busy and sometimes life is stressful, blah, blah, blah. Of course it is! In this case, however, my body was screaming at me trying to tell me that something was wrong and I was on auto-pilot, ignoring all of it.
Many of my doctor visits consisted of me, about to cry, explaining to my practitioners how I was feeling. I would explain how hard it was to get out of bed and how I felt like I could barely hold my body upright. They would tell me that they would get to the bottom of it and in the meantime, I needed to eat right and exercise. Ugh! I would get labs done and they would call me and tell me that all of my bloodwork came back looking great and that they would just test again in four to six months. This was my nightmare. I would walk in to each doctor pleading my case, only to get the same smirk that told me that everything was fine and that I needed to calm down…oh and eat right and exercise too. Each time I left my doctors, I felt defeated. I felt like no one was listening to how I actually felt. I knew that something was wrong and because the majority of these symptoms were “invisible”, I got brushed aside. My family didn’t get it. My boyfriend didn’t get it. My friends didn’t get it. I was on a lonely road to health and I felt like I was walking in place.
I probably hit rock bottom a couple of times and finally I got tired of being tired. I began to get curious. I started to research my symptoms and conditions. I looked at treatments, outlooks, support, etc. I was noticing that there were themes throughout that related to food. I decided that I would cut out foods that would be potential triggers for my body. After some time, I started to feel some improvements. This was encouraging. I stayed on the path and kept going. I was all in. At a certain point I had decided that I had enough symptoms and illness and no matter what was going on in my body, I was going to do my best to care of myself. The one thing that I could control was what I was eating and there’s not way that I wanted to be responsible for self-inducing any of my symptoms. That was when I learned how nourishing food could be and how much power I had to take my health into my own hands. I wanted to heal with food and take a more holistic and natural approach to my health.
If any of this sounds familiar, I would love to help you break the cycle and start living the life that you deserve. None of us should be held back because of these kinds of symptoms. I am ready to listen. We can talk about food, sleep, periods, acne, toxins, digestion, detoxing, and so much more! I want to help you feel your best. Maybe it’s time for you to commit to yourself and start making some changes that will benefit your long term health. Still unsure? Maybe you should “Trust Your Gut” and let’s do this!