My story section is very vulnerable but I felt called to share my story with you because it’s why I decided to become a health and nutrition coach…
For years, I struggled with an underlying condition that I didn’t know about that caused me to have irregular periods. When I was 17, I was diagnosed with Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and was put on birth control by my doctor soon after (like so many women) to help regulate my period. It helped but I now know that this was a band-aid and did not address the root cause of the problem. From years of taking “the pill” I was depressed and I felt like I had no control over my body.
My transformation started when doctors couldn’t help me the way I needed but I wanted to make changes because I knew that the absence of a period is an indicator that something is wrong with the body. I quit birth control after taking it for almost a decade, this lead to a flareup of my PCOS and I experienced painful cystic acne, mood swings, and sugar addiction. I then went on to experiment with different diets, educated myself on food and nutrition, worked with holistic health practitioners and made major lifestyle changes that helped with my PCOS symptoms. Although PCOS is not reversible, I am managing it well and know what to do when I experience flare ups.
I went so deep into my health journey that it became a passion of mine. I realized that nothing made me feel better than taking great care of myself and being able to share the practices I loved so much with other people, regardless of their current health condition, so they could thrive too. This led me to enroll at IIN, Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where I completed my health coaching certification in 2019 and have been working with clients ever since.