For as long as I can remember I have dealt with horrible digestive problems. This mainly consisted of stomach aches that left my lying on the couch after dinner every night. At the age of 7 my doctor gave me a prescription for strong antacids and told my mom I should take them for life. Uneasy about the idea of giving a child prescription drugs, she only gave them in cases of severe pain, and slightly altered my diet to remove the foods that seemed to be harmful. The diet changes helped the problem significantly.
Fast forward 10 years. I was a freshman in college in Santa Barbara. The stomach aches returned, along with intense fatigue, and eventually the freshman 10. I took 1-2 hour naps every day around 3pm. I was exhausted all of the time. My diet wasn’t great, but there’s only so much you can do with dorm food right?
That summer I started my quest to find the ultimate way of eating. I transitioned from unhealthy omnivore to vegan overnight. Initially I felt great. I lost a bit of weight, gained some energy and the stomach aches eased up. These benefits lasted for about 6 months until slowly my energy started to fall again, this time bringing depression along with it. Unfortunately I was convinced that veganism was the healthiest lifestyle, so rather than listening to my body’s strong cravings for protein, I tried out the more serious vegan fads like, juicing, going raw, and sugar-free. You name it, I’ve done it. The energy didn’t return, the depression lingered and I still had stomach problems.
Two years into veganism, during one of my daily naps I had a dream where I was eating a nice juicy steak and knew that was the missing link. I started incorporating grass-fed, pastured meats into my diet and my energy began to increase to the point where I actually craved exercise. This was such a foreign desire that proved I was on the right path. Around this time I discovered the Weston A Price foundation and incorporated many of the previously demonized foods like butter, raw milk, and bone broth in my diet. Not only did the depression lift, but my stomach pain was gone, I had glowing skin and relatively no sugar cravings.
Altering my diet to meet my individual needs healed me and gave me a passion to help others unlock their full health potential.
- Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
- Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant (Bauman College 2014).
- Certified GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) practitioner.
The GAPS diet was created by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride after healing her young son of autism. It recognises that the gut is the second brain, and when the gut is in an unhealthy state, the brain can not function properly. This is the reason that all autistic children have chronic digestive issues from bloated bellies to severe constipation. It takes a gluten-free, casein-free diet 10 steps further, by healing the walls of the digestive tract so that food particles can not leak into the blood stream and cross the blood brain barrier. The GAPS diet has had unparalleled success at curing autism and continues to grow in popularity world wide.
The GAPS diet also heals the following:
- learning: ADD, ADHD, autism, dyslexia
- digestive: colitis, IBS, constipation, leaky gut, food allergies and intolerances, SIBO, candida
- mental: depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, rage
- physical: eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, acne, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, epileptic seizures
I specialize in both mental health and digestive upset, and believe that when the body is cared for properly, it will heal itself from anything.