I followed irresponsible diets out of sheer ignorance for more than the first 30 years of my life. For 20 years I refused to eat animal protein! Then for 10 years I avoided all fats!
The results of my lack of information regarding diets & nutrition lead to a painful outcome: malnourishment, demineralisation, and many problems giving birth to my only child.
As I had developed severe anemia too, due to my vegan choices, once my son was delivered -in a traumatic experience, by the way, that lasted three days with horrific contractions and a last-minute-Cesarian that ravaged me physically and emotionally- , I ended up battling severe fatigue, severe insomnia, and a rapid deterioration of my health in general all by myself!
How ironic that during these crucial times when I needed to be at the peak of my performance as a new mom,
I had found myself at the lowest of my vitality & vigor! And I was so young, just 31!
So my story of ill-health began after giving birth to my son. It started with that anemia, then with no sleep; it got worse with the physical and emotional demands of breastfeeding several times at night; and due to not being able to rest at any time of the day or night, burnout ensued. My ignorance and the absence of professional support made everything worse for me very quickly. Doctors insisted on putting me on anti-depressants -but I wasn't depressed! - and no doctor ever mentioned to me the importance of modifying and enriching my diet and taking some key nutrients to support adrenal function and restorative sleep.
During my years of severe burnout I was a living ghost, unrecognizable as you would see me today. I was pale, had dark circles under my eyes, had constantly sweaty hands, heart palpitations, could barely open my eyes to see around me, found it difficult to breathe, and felt miserably sad and hopeless. I also put on a lot of weight and couldn't get rid of the excess or feel the energy to exercise.
It was then that I came across a holistic doctor for the first time in my life who explained to me why I was so ill and put me on a healing treatment based on natural healing foods and natural supplements that literally brought me back from the dead in just a few months!
In a matter of weeks I started seeing good improvement.
In a matter of months I was feeling normal again.
In a matter of a short time in comparison to other conventional treatments that I had tried before, I got my life and my health back!
We found out that I metabolize carbs very quickly. This is called being a "fast oxidizer". So I abandoned a diet that I thought was super healthy and adopted a high-fat-high-protein diet with very little carbs in it. In less than 3 months my hypoglycemia and insulin resistance were gone! For ever! And I lost all the weight that I needed to lose.
By eating animal protein and taking minerals and essential fats my sleep was restored and I started resting properly and sufficiently.
By removing gluten from my diet I lost the extra weight and felt energized and revitalized like in my teenage years again.
I now exercise vigorously daily from Mondays to Saturdays and lift heavy at the gym. I also teach power yoga three to four times per week on top of that. I am very active and my energy levels tend to be quite high! Now in my mid forties nothing ever hurts in my body. I don't know what a headache is; I never take any pain-killers; and I feel absolutely amazing all the time!
Today, I have become a natural medicine practitioner myself and my passion is to help people like you to recover optimum health & wellness with the power of nature and the wonders of functional medicine!
I hope that my story will inspire you to try new routes of healing that can literally change your life in wonderful new ways.
In Optimum health,
I'm aware of the increase in complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, sleep problems, hypertension, mental illness, autoimmune disorders, obesity, cancer, etc. My training as a nutritional therapist, a functional medicine practitioner, and a yogi has taught me to focus on identifying the underlying causes of disease and to look for interactions between environmental, nutritional, genetic, and lifestyle factors.
My approach is 100% holistic and personalised - I seek to promote health & vitality in each one of my clients by integrating the best of functional diagnostic tools with prevention through combinations of botanical agents, supplements, therapeutic diets, detoxification, exercise, and stress management, rather than concentrating my efforts on just symptom relief.
Your health is your most precious treasure. Without it, it's difficult to sail with ease & confidence through the many challenges and the many joys of life.
Ageing is no longer a valid excuse for us to allow our precious body to weaken and deteriorate with time; neither are most medical diagnosis of degenerative disease or the so-called "inherited" disorders.
It is possible to reach optimal health -at least a state of optimal health that suits you personally and that you have not experienced before or at least not in many years since you developed your illness- , and to feel & look vibrant and radiant at all ages!
If you have tried other medical routes already to address your health issues with rather disappointing results, the option of functional medicine is now available to you and I am here to guide you through this exciting journey back to the best version of you again.
Are you ready...? If yes, get in touch for an initial chat.
In optimum health,
"Meta-analyses showed that flavonoids have a promising role in improving visual function in patients with glaucoma and ocular hypertension (OHT), and appear to play a part in both improving and slowing the progression of visual field loss".
-Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 2015 Sep 4. Epub 2015 Sep 4. PMID: 26340868
"Animal studies show that holy basil helps the body maintain homeostasis of the stress hormone cortisol.1 It rebalances mood-associated neurotransmitters in the brain—specifically ones that can produce feelings of hopelessness, which is a key component of stress-induced depression."2
1- Phytother Res. 2016;30(5):805-14
2-Indian J Med Res. 2012;135(4):548-54
"Lycopene, the predominant carotenoid in tomatoes and tomato-based foods, is reported to protect against various cancers, especially prostate cancer.
Cell growth was inhibited 20% at 0.2 microM lycopene and 40% at 50 microM lycopene after a 24-hr incubation. In the Comet assay, lycopene-treated cells showed less DNA damage than did placebo-treated cells. The inhibition of Hep3B cell growth in this study demonstrates the antitumor properties of lycopene."
- Biofactors. 2005 ;23(3):129-39. PMID: 16410635
"Accumulating evidence indicates that abdominal adiposity is positively related to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk and some other diseases independently of overall adiposity. However, the association of premature death resulting from these diseases with abdominal adiposity has not been widely studied, and findings are inconsistent. In a prospective cohort study of 44,636 women in the Nurses' Health Study, associations of abdominal adiposity with all-cause and cause-specific mortality were examined. During 16 years of follow-up, 3507 deaths were identified, including 751 cardiovascular deaths and 1748 cancer deaths. After adjustment for body mass index and potential confounders, the relative risks across the lowest to the highest waist circumference quintiles were 1.00, 1.11, 1.17, 1.31, and 1.79 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.47 to 1.98) for all-cause mortality; 1.00, 1.04, 1.04, 1.28, and 1.99 (95% CI, 1.44 to 2.73) for CVD mortality; and 1.00, 1.18, 1.20, 1.34, and 1.63 (95% CI, 1.32 to 2.01) for cancer mortality (all P<0.001 for trend). Among normal-weight women (body mass index, 18.5 to<25 kg/m(2)), abdominal obesity was significantly associated with elevated CVD mortality: Relative risk associated with waist circumference>or = 88 cm was 3.02 (95% CI, 1.31 to 6.99) and for waist-to-hip ratio>0.88 was 3.45 (95% CI, 2.02 to 6.92). After adjustment for waist circumference, hip circumference was significantly and inversely associated with CVD mortality."
-Circulation. 2008 Apr 1;117(13):1658-67. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.107.739714. Epub 2008 Mar 24.
"Major changes in self-reported eating behaviors included eating only when experiencing true physiological hunger and stopping when sensing a feeling of fullness. Self-efficacy for these behaviors was reported to be enhanced by observing weight loss for themselves or others. Support from other group members, the simplicity of the program, and spiritual benefits through prayer and scripture reading were also reported to enhance confidence. Women indicated that they relied on an internal locus of control based on a sense of self-discipline.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:
Traditional means to enhance self-efficacy were important for all women; however, for some women, spirituality was also an important aspect of adhering to program principles."
- J Nutr Educ Behav. 2004 Jan-Feb;36(1):13-5.