I always knew I wanted to help others, but I didn’t know where to start.
My Journey started when a co-worker talked to me about their medical issues and how going gluten free helped them. I have had issues for so long I thought that it was just normal to always feel crummy and tired. Having food allergies my whole life I had resigned myself to the fact that it was just always going to be like that and, there was no magic pill to make me better. Going to the doctor always made me feel like something was missing. Being told that yes you have food allergies but everything looks normal there is nothing we can do. It was a frustrating reality to face.
I made the decision to try an elimination diet. Everything changed after that. I was feeling better than I had for years. I had more energy and was in a much better mood. This gave me more time to spend with the people I love and enjoy life.
Then my closest friend graduated from a health school. She was the happiest and healthiest I have ever seen her! I asked about the school. She offered to have a consultation with me to give a good idea of what I would be doing, if I was to graduate from IIN. I decided from there it was the right path and signed up for school in the weeks to follow. What a relief to know I had finally found the right path for me - to help others.
Working full time and going to school was a challenge, but it taught me more about time management and how to prioritize what was most important in my life. This forced me to let go of things that were no longer serving me. Like anything new it was hard; however, once completed, it felt like a step forward and a small victory.
I love that I have been able to grow and become the person that I always knew I could be. I want to show others that they are not alone and though it may not be easy to start, it is well worth the work to get to follow your dreams and feel better than you have in years.
Finding out that I was gluten sensitive was a turning point for me. I had always LOVED bread and pastries and it was a big blow to find that was what was hurting me the most. The first few months walking into the store were hard. I even left the store in tears a few times. Reading labels was eye opening I never realized just how much we were putting flour or flour products in normal everyday foods, from soups to salad dressing it was a lot to take in. Finding out I was gluten sensitive was not the first food allergy I have had to adjust to, but definitely the hardest.
I want you to know that you are not alone. This food journey you are on either by choice or not does not have to feel overwhelming. I am here to help you find your way as you navigate this new path to healthy happy food.
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