The path and experiences that led me here.
When in my 20's, I had been traveling in the topics of South America and I was happy when I returned home to Texas. But I didn’t feel well. I had severe abdominal pain. After medical testing, I was told firmly and with complete confidence by a physician that there was nothing wrong with me.
I took the phrase “nothing wrong” to mean “nothing to complain about” so I soldiered on and went about my life, becoming a nurse and an acupuncturist.
Then my husband developed high blood pressure. Through my education in acupuncture and Eastern medicine, I had come to understand that the likely cause for his hypertension was internal inflammation.
I’m embarrassed to say this, but at the time I didn’t really know how extensive and damaging internal inflammation can be. I began to research it. I talked with and consulted my trusted teachers and heard a lot of buzz about the Paleo diet. This approach required eliminating grains from the diet which seemed a bit extreme, especially since I baked bread regularly and enjoyed it.
But I was willing to try it. And the results were amazing.
Yes, his blood pressure responded but, also, I found relief for my intestinal issues and migraines for the first time in my life. It was a happy surprise, even if it was years late!
Another surprise, I realized that the best food choices are the most satisfying. “Win/Win”. This set me on a path of appreciation for correct food choices.
Biologically Informed or Philosophically Driven?
Unfortunately, it has become acceptable to claim a new diet has the support of research even when that “research” is misleading or flawed.
There are many reasons research may be skewed:
- Self-interest of the funding organization.
- Agendas that are politically driven (go figure).
- Interpretations based on social myths.
We live in a difficult time.
We don't have to be told we live in a difficult time. That is obvious. We need to use judgment, trust reliable authorities, and proceed with attention to our own body's needs and responses. Following the crowd can lead down a dangerous path.
Why should you trust me?
Why trust me? That is a very good question. I answer with this: My coaching provides guidance and step-by-step instruction, but at every turn I am teaching my clients to listen to their bodies and respond appropriately. My driving focus: Good guidance must offer proven strategies while accommodating individual needs and situations.
My coaching education began with the Primal Health Coach program. After completion and graduation, I continued to study and deepened my education and understanding as research has evolved.
Now, I combine this with my years of professional experience as a nurse, acupuncturist, and homeopath to:
- draw upon current research from trusted authorities, and share these openly.
- help interpret some of the vague or ambiguous messages from the body.
- teach and clarify simple ways to restore natural good health.
Effective guidance will help us develop and trust our native wisdom. That is why I work as a coach. I use my perspectives and experiences to help folks chart a path that leads to feeling better and having more energy.
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