10 years ago, I was diagnosed with my first of many digestive “diseases”. I accepted the medication my doctor gave me and moved on with it.
6 years ago, I was diagnosed with my second digestive disease. I accepted the many more medications my doctor gave me…and I moved on with it.
5 years ago, I was told I had acute depression and severe anxiety. I walked away with yet more pills…and continued on.
At this time, I didn’t know that medication didn’t have to be the way. But medication also wasn’t making me feel better, and in fact, my symptoms kept getting worse.
I soon found myself on some pretty heavy anxiety medications, in and out of the ER for some pretty scary digestive pains, and my food allergies seemed to pile up faster than I could make sense of it all.
But every step of the way, I thought it would eventually go away.
Some day I wouldn’t need the medication…
Some day I would be able to eat whatever I wanted without excruciating pain.
Some day I wouldn’t feel so crazy tense and anxious.
Some day, I would be normal again.
But the truth is, I wasn’t doing anything to return to normal. I kept thinking, “I want to feel better, to feel normal again,” but I had no idea how to get there. None of my doctors ever talked to me about the connection between food and my diseases. In fact, I remember vividly asking my doctor if I there was anything I could eat more of or less of that could help how I was feeling. And it was with his response that I decided to never go back to him: He said “what you eat has no impact on your ulcerative colitis, IBS or acid reflux.”
But what you eat (what goes in your digestive system) can impact a digestive disease. I didn’t have to be a doctor to know that after I ate, I felt terrible.
It was at this moment that I knew if I didn’t do something, I would never feel better. This would never go away. This pain. This confusion.
This is where my journey back to health began. It took only two weeks for me to realize the power of healing through food. Within 6 months, I was off every prescription medication I was ever prescribed for my “chronic” diseases and I haven’t taken a single pill since.
And with this very simple yet powerful shift in what I was doing to care for my body, by giving it what it truly needed, almost all of my other symptoms went away: Sleeplessness, jitteriness, some unexplained acne, a couple pounds in weight loss from all the inflammation in my body going away, and more.
It wasn’t an easy journey, and I slipped up many times.
It was hard to talk to people about it.
I had to go through a lot of trial and error.
But along the way, I’ve learned so much about what makes my body thrive, and I know I still have a way’s to go. I still don’t feel great every single day, but I’ve become so closely in tune with my body that I can make quick course corrections and get back on track.
This, my friends, is why I am now a certified health coach. I became obsessed with how powerful food was. It was amazing. I never want other people to get to the point where I was in my illness. I want to help them much earlier on so they can find their own path to healing. Or if they are where I was a few years ago, or perhaps even further on, help them to find the right path out.
I care so much about what I’m doing that my first session with clients is completely on me. I want to get to know you, what you’ve been through, what your goals are, and how we can partner on your incredible health journey. I want you to have a positive relationship with food, the confidence to own your health, and the excitement to learn. And that’s what I do with my clients.
If any part of my story resonates with you, I would love the opportunity to talk to you. Request a free consultation here. I can’t wait to get to know you!
With love and wellness,
Kristin Thomas is a health coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner specialized in helping women with hormone, digestion, and autoimmune health concerns. Having gone through these health challenges herself, she now helps clients find their own path to complete wellness through practical and natural diet and lifestyle changes.
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