The other side of me.
Most of my life I thought I was eating a healthy diet; whole grains, low fat dairy, fruit, vegetables and low sugar drinks like "diet coke". I went to aerobic classes, played netball and did my best to always be active (I look back today and cringe). I always felt like I struggled with my weight, I felt heavier than what my friends were. I tried every diet that was around without much success. My energy levels were low and my immune system was not the best. During my younger years I suffered with acne, bronchitis, asthma and constant ear aches.
It wasn't until I had our first son at the age of 27 that I realised how much the food we ate influenced our health. I saw this through my baby as we introduced him to solid food and then when he became ill over and over with tonsillitis. Continuous doses of antibiotics seemed to make him sicker. Through this experience I found a great naturopath. I became aware of additives in our foods. This was when I began to change our families diet (no more diet drinks or foods).
By changing our diet, moving away from colourings and additives, I slowly saw improvements in our son's health and overall immunity, this lead me into studying Nutrition and Anatomy at a College in Perth (while still being involved in furniture and being a mother to our 3 boys). From here I went on to study massage, reiki and reflexology. I saw my studies as hobbies and beneficial to our families health. At this stage I hadn't really thought of it as my other "true" passion.
Once in Bunbury and living in nature on 5 acres, I began to become even more conscious of the foods we ate. We had our own fresh eggs, fruit and some vegetables. However, I was still working excess hours in the business, having late nights, over exercising, and although I was eating natural foods (still low in fat), I was tired and run down. I tried the HCG diet at this stage and did lose weight, this gave me some self confidence, but I was hungry, felt cold and put the weight back on only months after finishing the program. It was so frustrating. One thing I did discover while doing this diet, was how much grains cause inflammation in my body. This threw me into researching the negative effects of grains in our diet and helped me discover the Primal way of eating (through Mark Sisson). I removed processed grains from my diet at this stage.
In 2019, I discovered intermittent fasting and became immersed in YouTube videos and podcasts from Dr Jason Fung and other doctors explaining the positive effects of fasting. This is when I began experimenting with fasting, which soon lead me to a Keto diet (eating good fats and low carbs) and even some experimenting with a carnivore diet. In 2020 I made changes to my furniture business so that it wasn't so demanding on my time and allowed me to start my studies into Primal Health and becoming a Certified Primal Health Coach.
Now in 2021 (at the age of 44), I sit back and realise that I haven't used my ventolin (for asthma and chest issues), or had an earache in about 11 years. My skin is the clearest it's ever been. My fluctuating hormone issues have also disappeared. I no longer have sugar craving and energy slumps at 4pm. I put all of this down to the positive changes that I made in my lifestyle and food choices. I'm now metabolically flexible (my metabolism is working again) and I know what foods nourish my body (I'm still human and I'm still on my journey, so not all days are as positive as they could be, and I'm happy with that).
Whilst studying to become a Primal Health Coach (and doing my own research and experimentation) I discovered a few things;
I'm so excited for my future as a health coach. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to have been on this discovery of health over the past 16 years.
I understand the pressures that working mothers have, and corporate business people in general. I know how important mental focus and energy is in business.
I understand how the eating habits of busy people are easily lead astray. I know that my discoveries over the past few years will really benefit those who want to regain their health, energy and focus.
I believe that I can truly help others ditch the diets, excess exercise, painful joint and lethargy and begin to live a long and healthy life. I am passionate about introducing others to a life where they can "Thrive" not merely "Survive".
Primal Health Coach