When asked how I got to be a Nutritionist, I often answer by explaining how I discovered post-lay-off from a desk job that my interests in counselling and agriculture were actually able to blend into one career. This was true, but a deeper truth is that I had a red flag about a diagnosis I was given, and I questioned it.
I had stomach problems from the ages of 18-21 and finally had enough of the nights of curling in bed crying because my stomach hurt so bad, I went and saw a doctor, finally, after years of aching.
With no tests I was prescribed ulcer medication. Within 3 minutes I had "The Cure." No background, no questions asked. When these pills didn't work, within a month, I was given a different brand.
No change. My frustration grew. Red flag. Even though at that time I had zero background in health, science, nutrition or medicine, I felt confused. Silently, I pondered how could I "get away" with that diagnosis so quickly. I knew that not having been asked about my lifestyle, stress levels or diet with stomach issues was a major problem with me. I was told I needed to go for more tests because the only other option was surgery.
I didn't just 'accept' that I had this issue and 'deal with it.' and I never did go for those further tests or surgery.
I worked to resolve it - in all areas of my life and health. Like magic, I was led to the next step when I found my calling at the Vancouver branch of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I was eager to be enrolling in the most esteemed natural nutrition school in Canada and found my way to Vancouver BC to begin studying what would one day become my full-time career.
Now I get to spend my days brewing a beautiful digestive tonic, researching, writing, coaching and consulting people with their own digestive issues. People often come to Holistic Nutritionists' as their last resort. When they feel they (and the doctors) have tried everything else. Alternative health works funny that way.
How we can be buddies
I like working alongside conventional medicine and honoring its incredible ability to work in acute care. That's why I'll never ask a client to go off any medications or do anything 'out of the ordinary' without first checking with their doctor. We work around that. We don’t diagnose anything. We work with food.
I also love working with your thoughts, feelings and perceptions. If you think you can't, I think you can. I love being a coach, and that is why nutrition means so much to me. I have the time to coach you where your doctor, naturopath or chiropractor doesn't.
You don't have to choose either or. You can have both! It never has to be "US" vs. "THEM" when it comes to allopathic and holistic treatments. We can work together for your overall wellness.
You don't have to be a Researcher
Food is complicated because humans are complicated. We can simplify it for you.
You don't have time to do the research we have, save time having to do it yourself and get a Holistic Nutritionist to tell you exactly what to add to your diet & life. Allopathic Doctors' will see where your issue is and be able to diagnose you then and there (hopefully with a few tests first) and as you use that therapy or medication, we bring in the other healthful life habits to also support you and your symptoms: healthy, natural nutrition with foods chock full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, enzymes. Relaxation and exercise needs to fit in too.
We distill down the complicated science, trends and advertisements and make it easy to go back to traditional food. Add in some self-care and a dash of motivation to do the right thing at the right time. Preparation and responsibility. These are qualities of success. Let me help you find success.
Writhing in digestive issues? I feel you. I've been there, get on my e-mail list here for motivational words + free education to inspire you to eat the way you know you want to.