A little about my story…
My family – my mother’s side has a history of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and digestive issues. My father had hemochromatosis and he passed away from a brain aneursym. All of my mom’s brothers, sister, and grandmother had open heart surgery.
I took after both sides of my parents as I first had digestive problems i.e. gastritis when I was in my twenties that later developed into acid reflux and I took several proton-pump inhibitors. I can’t even name them all. When I was prescribed Nexium, that is when I knew I had to do something!
When I attended a women’s networking meeting, I meet a women who was studying holistic nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). I asked her what the difference was between the class she was taking and a “regular” nutrition class? She mentioned that the program takes a holistic approach to nutrition. When I got home, I researched IIN’s Health Coach Training Program and I knew right away that I wanted to register for their program. I learned from some of the top physicians, Dr Mark Hyman, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Andrew Weil to name a few – in the country and I learned from my mentors David Wolfe, Deepak Chopra, Geenan Roth, and others.
While I was in the program I learned over 100 dietary theories. So, this is what I did to reduce my acid reflux.
First, I did an elimination diet meaning I stopped eating meat and dairy products and eliminated all the “white stuff” i.e. pasta, rice, and potatoes. I drank smoothies each morning, switched from wheat bread to Elzekiel bread, switched from peanut butter to almond butter, completely eliminated every thing with high fructose corn syrup/GMOs….to put it simply, I ate a pretty clean diet. Once my reflux subsided I gradually added foods back in. My motto is to eat a 80/20 diet meaning eating 80% clean and 20% foods you may crave such as that bagel, french fries or coffee…as a treat!
My book, Healthy Living Made Easy shows you the steps to take towards feeling better i.e. having more energy, getting over your sugar cravings, etc.
If you or anyone you know is eating the SAD (Standard American Diet), please check out my book on Amazon.
Remember this: It is not a diet, it is a lifestyle. And it is about prevention!!!
To your health and happiness.
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