As you know in my blog’s I like to share a little about what I have overcome and myself. I want others to know that they aren’t alone and there is a better way than what you are doing now. Over the past two years I have been working hard to balance my hormones, get to the root cause and fix my health. I have done all this through my education at the Institute of Transformational Nutrition. Below is my condensed story of the past two years and where I started to where I am now. What I have healed and overcame and what is next.
Over two years ago I was having issues with my hair falling out, my menstrual cycle was in complete mayhem, I had no energy and could literally sleep all day, and I had loss of function in my grip. As you know I am a heavy lifter and the fact I was losing grip function was a serious issue for me. So I did what one should do and I went to the doctor. Now I was very blessed and I had a wonderful doctor who didn’t care about policy and insurance, but truly cared about the patient and ordered what needed to be ordered to ensure I was taken care of. On the flip-side he would take the heat from the insurance and the upper ups to ensure my health was a priority (keep in mind I am a military spouse and this was at the military treatment facility).
After that first visit with him I was sent along my way with with a bag of prescriptions (literally), an order of 15 vials of blood to be taken, and an order for a MRI and x-ray. My labs came back with a few things that weren’t normal, so another MRI was ordered. My x-ray came back with some narrowing of the canal in my neck and a referral to neurosurgeon. I went and had the MRIs completed where they were looking for a pituitary tumor. However, when the results came back they saw 3 lesions and demyelinating process in the corpus callosum in the brain, which is consistent with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Needless to say I was shocked and in disbelief. I am a fitness instructor and personal trainer and now I have a disease that will affect my ability to move?!
So what do I do now? It takes years, lots of MRIs, and ruling out everything else before a doctor will definitively say you have MS. While the MS could attribute to some of my issues it still didn’t explain my hormone issues and hair falling out. While my doctor was grasping and trying to make sense of everything I talked with a good friend who’s mother-in-law has MS. She recommended a book called the Whals Protocol, which was, wrote by a medical doctor who reversed her MS symptoms by way of her nutrition. While I did believe in eating for your hormones I was totally intrigued because this is an actual medical doctor who believed in holistic nutrition to reverse your disease and it actually worked. After reading her book I set out to find a holistic doctor in the area who could help me. Which living in Alaska is hard enough to find the resources you need let alone a holistic doctor. However, there was one and she was amazing. The first thing she said to me was “it doesn’t matter what the diagnoses is, what matters is we need to fix the root cause.” I literally looked at her and said OMG YES! Finally I had a doctor who wasn’t about to give me a bag full of pills unless it helped fix the root cause.
With the military we move a lot and I knew I only had a few months to work with this doctor and I needed to be 100% all in. Yes, I would find another holistic doctor once we moved, but picking up where one doctor leaves off isn’t always easy. While the holistic doctor did work well with my primary doctor in Alaska when we got to Michigan it was a different story. Once we got settled in Michigan I went back to a regular doctor to have another referral put in for the MRI series for MS. Since I was a new patient with them they wanted to start all over with the blood work and MRI series. So off I went starting the process all over again. However, this time on the MRI they stated the original lesions had grown, but no signs of demyelinating process, but I do have a pituitary tumor. So off to the Endocrinologist I go, which explains why my hormones are so messed up. This is when things went from bad to worse in my medical care. This endocrinologist told me we would monitor the tumor for the next year and that I had PCOS and I based upon my blood work I needed to be on metformin and then also birth control so I wouldn’t get pregnant. He handed me the two scripts and said see you back in 2 months and have these labs done before that and he walked out.
He was rushed, he didn’t let me ask questions and he didn’t care about what I thought about birth control or metformin or anything else. In his mind this is what the labs and MRI say so here’s your pills to fix it. Now I will say I have seen one of the best fertility doctors in the Midwest when I was trying to get pregnant with Kelsie and Makenzie and at no point was I ever told I have PCOS. For those of you who don’t know what PCOS is, it stands for polycystic ovarian syndrome and normally you are diagnosed at a younger age (not 34 yrs old). This also isn’t something you just develop like a disease it’s how your body naturally works. While I wont go into everything today I did get a referral to another specialist for a second opinion who stated the same thing as the first, but instead of giving me meds he asked what did I want to do about it. Did I want to get pregnant did I want regular cycles? He said based upon what you want would determine what prescription I give you. While this was a step in the right direction. What if I didn’t want a script? How could we solve this naturally? What can I do differently in my life?
While I am all about taking prescriptions when needed I wasn’t willing to take anything yet because he was offering the same meds, but only depending on what results I wanted. I decided it was time to see the holistic doctor again. Thankfully my trusty friend from earlier had found this amazing doctor who was is a medical doctor, but believes in holistic health. So off to see him I went. Now for those of you who know me, know I can’t just be told what to do. I have to research everything! This is why I am studying to become board certified in holistic nutrition and why I certified in the Institute of Transformational Nutrition, as this is what they are all about. Getting to the root cause of what’s going on and healing your mind, body and soul so you can be healthier and happier. So I started digging and re-reading everything I had come across with my symptoms in the holistic world of nutrition. I changed my nutrition once again to start eating for my PCOS hormones and started researching supplements that could help. When I met with the holistic doctor I gave him all my labs, MRIs, paperwork, and everything and said this was my plan of treatment and I wanted to know what he thought. He looked at me and said “wow, this is great and yes you are correct those supplements should help, let’s run a few more tests to make sure everything else is hormonally inline and go from there”.
I started this new nutrition and supplement plan 6 months ago and since then, I have had more energy than I could even imagine, my cycles are now on a regular schedule and back to normal, I lost the weight I gained and couldn’t lose before because I am now eating for my hormones, and I am happy to report that while my MRIs are always a surprise as to what we will find. The 3 lesions I have stopped growing (which is good), my tumor is gone (all by itself), and I show no other signs of demyelinating process at this time and my grip function is back to normal. While I continue to get repeat labs every 3 months and repeat MRIs every 6 months just to make sure everything is good. I truly believe it was through my nutrition that I changed my health and the outcome of my life.
This is why what I do is different than other coaches or programs out there. Diet books can’t cater to individual needs so readers get confused, fall off the wagon, and end up in worse shape than before. Other health coaches don’t receive the in-depth training; proven systems, and confidence they need from other programs so they rely on coaching scripts and blanket approaches. All while conveniently ignoring the most important factor in the entire equation: YOU!!
But it doesn’t have to be this way! It’s time for a change. Personalized nutrition is the future of healthcare. At my alma mater, the Institute of Transformational Nutrition, we’re leading the change and taking you with us!
ITN has developed the world’s first and ONLY Personalized Nutrition Coaching System, called the Transformational Nutrition Model. This revolutionary model is the first system to fully incorporate all of the necessary modalities for true health and transformation with the science of nutrition, psychology, and spirituality. It allows coaches to get to the root cause of a client’s condition physically, mentally, and spiritually and co-create a personalized plan that provides the client with effective results. I’ll be incorporating this proven system into my coaching practice by completing their brand new Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach / Certified Specialist programs which include: natural health specialist, digestive health specialist, holistic cancer specialist, mental health and emotional eating specialist, diabetes specialist, hormone specialist, weight loss specialist, and autoimmune specialist. I wanted you to be the first to know! Because you deserve the best! With this new approach, we will get to the root cause of your conditions physically, mentally, and spiritually and co-create a personalized plan that provides YOU with effective results! Want to know more? Head over to the Institute of Transformational Nutrition and see how we’re setting a higher standard for you and the entire industry!
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