My journey has continued from when I first qualified as a fitness leader in 1998. Continued education has seen me add to that and now not only do I have extensive training in Herbal Medicine, Massage and fitness, but I have earned a Bachelor Degree with honours in Evidence Based Medicine Management and an Advanced Diploma in Naturopathy. How can this help you?
Whilst listening to your story I am able to examine all aspects of your health and call on my training to make an educated evaluation of your current health needs. I will take every area of your concern into account to help you become the best version of you. This includes emotional, physical and spiritual. If necessary, functional testing can be ordered, nutritional needs assessed along with any other aspect of your health and the health of your family, including lifestyle, weight management, healthy ageing and genetic influences.
Having worked since I turned 15 in the corporate world, I felt there was much more to life than paper-shuffling to increase corporate profits. Whilst it provided a steady income, food on the table, a roof over our heads and education for my children, it lacked meaning for me. I knew in my heart that I had a lot more to offer.
I have always had a love for gardening and all things plants. My Nana and Aunty were avid gardeners and many hours were spent wandering around their beautiful home in Stepney, SA admiring plants and learning about their inherent beauty. Chooks were raised in the backyard and every fruit tree imaginable. Every available space was set aside in the backyard for something that could make its way into the kitchen.
This love of gardening has had an enormous influence on my view of life, and my concerns surrounding the pollutants that the agricultural revolution have used to poison our food and land and the consequences on our health in general.
After a particularly gruelling (but thoroughly enjoyable) overseas holiday with my sister, I was so fatigued and just couldn’t understand why I was gaining so much weight when I was a Fitness Leader and training daily. Off to the doctor I went, only to be told that I suffer a auto-immune disorder, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and just take this little pill and all will be well. ” What causes it” was my question. “Oh, we don’t know”, it’s “Idiopathic” – in doctor speak terms meaning, they really aren’t interested in finding out the cause, just take a pill.
Seven years later, still exhausted and with constant weight issues I embarked on a new strategy. Herbal Medicine. For the most part the rest history. Although I still suffer fatigue, most of my “markers” are greatly reduced. My latest report from doctor had no mention of Hashimotos Thyroiditis, but simply consistent with early Hypothyroidism!! Still working on the auto-immunity, largely through a balanced diet, greatly reduced carbohydrate load, avoidance of grains and of course, the inclusion of healthy fats.
I am one of those individuals that worked in the era of complex carbohydrate loading with low fat!! It has taken a long time for me to overcome my love of carbs and anything sweet, but now that I eat lots of salads, fish, coconut, stir fries and no bread and complex carbohydrates I am a much healthier individual. There is a lot to be said for a balanced diet, rich in healthy fats, protein and vegetables. I still eat fruit, although I am following with great interest the fructose debate. Always more to learn.