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Gut Microbiome Webinar Replay

If you missed my talk on “The Gut Microbiome: What Can Go Wrong and How to Fix It”, you can watch the replay here.

Description: Bloating, gas, acid reflux, pain, constipation, soft stool and diarrhea. Parasites, IBS, IBD, colitis, Crohn’s Disease, leaky gut, SIBO, candida, dysbiosis and gastritis. There’s a lot that can go wrong with your gut and most of it leads back to a disrupted gut microbiome, or a lack of balance between beneficial and pathogenic bacteria and fungi in your gut.

How and Why to Kick the Sugar Habit Webinar Replay

Description: Learn about the main challenges to kicking the sugar habit, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome and how they relate to weight gain, Dementia and Alzheimer’s, how sugar impacts your energy, safe alternative sweeteners and how to even out blood sugar and beat sugar cravings for good in this webinar replay.

Tucson Reversing Autoimmune Disease Together Meetup and Facebook Group

If you’re struggling with an autoimmune disease, or have it under control but would like more support and fellowship with others suffering from autoimmunity, please join our meetup!Tucson Reversing Autoimmune Disease Together MeetupI am hosting it with AIP/Paleo chef and recipe developer Scout Noble of The Hungry Human. We have created the group with the intention of supporting people with autoimmune disorders through sharing informational talks and webinars, exchanging recipes, identifying books and other resources, building community and most importantly, hope to help you reverse your autoimmune disease naturally. Join and RSVP for events here. We have also started a Facebook group for the same purposes that you can join here.

Are you struggling with

  • Autoimmune conditions
  • IBS, constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating or other gut/digestive issues
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling like you have to rely on coffee, naps or sugar to get through the day
  • Losing weight and keeping it off
  • Sugar cravings
  • Stress or emotional eating
  • Getting into a regular fitness routineLindsey Parsons' photo
  • Wanting to reduce or get off medications for things like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes
  • Thyroid issues
  • Pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease

I’m here to help. Are you ready for more? Join my mailing list to hear about upcoming talks and webinars or learn more about working with me.

What does a health coach do?

A health coach is a master of habit change.

I help you make achieving your desired goals

    • inevitable,
    • automatic,
    • sustainable, and
    • easier

What I specialize in

  • weight loss without dieting or counting calories
  • increasing your energy
  • helping you recognize, address and reduce stress
  • keeping you accountable to your movement goals
  • teaching you how to reverse autoimmune disease naturally
  • helping you implement natural solutions to stabilize thyroid hormones and overcome digestive problems like IBS
  • educating and supporting you in healthy choices to help reverse prediabetes and diabetes
  • setting up healthy habits for life

My Story

Starting in my early 20’s, I started having mysterious digestive issues. First it was digestive distress, which I finally identified as lactose intolerance, for which I started taking lactose digestant pills. Then later it was an unexplained cough, which was finally diagnosed as acid reflux. So I went on years of proton pump inhibitors meant for only short-term use (Prilosec, Prevacid, etc.). I also took repeated courses of antibiotics as so many women do! Then in my 40’s, I was diagnosed with three autoimmune conditions: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (a condition where your body attacks its own thyroid gland and slowly destroys it), ITP (a condition where your body attacks the platelets in your blood leading to a low platelet count), and B12 anemia (where your body can’t digest B12 in the stomach and intestines). I had clearly destroyed my gut microbiome through all those medicines and was desperate to find a solution.

Doctors had no insights to offer about my digestive issues and just wanted to monitor my Hashimoto’s and wait for it to slowly eat away at my thyroid gland until I had to go on synthetic thyroid hormone medication. Um . . . no! Not acceptable. I also had digestive issues that were getting worse (bloating, discomfort on elimination), and started having stomach pain every morning upon waking.

I finally decided to take things into my own hands and started an elimination diet to see if I could improve my symptoms. After taking gluten and dairy out of my diet, I found that the stomach pain went away and my digestive issues cleared up for a time. I was also finally able to link the acid reflux to dairy – I was not only intolerant to lactose but also intolerant to casein, the protein in dairy products. After years, I was able to stop taking proton pump inhibitors without any more acid reflux or constant coughing.

But after a time, I started having digestive issues again and I still hadn’t addressed my most serious condition, Hashimoto’s, so I undertook a protocol for Hashimoto’s. After 6 weeks of the protocol, I brought my thyroid antibodies from 103 to 15! And in my most recent test, my antibodies were down to 2.4 (normal is 0.9 or below)! With the help of a functional medicine doctor, I also learned the name and treatments for my digestive issue (SIBO) so that I can treat it naturally when it reappears. And most recently, I’ve seen a reversal in my platelet counts indicating I’ve reversed my ITP as well! 

This experience has taught me that not only are health problems that the traditional medical system can’t solve solvable, but that sometimes we have to take things into our own hands, and do some careful detective work with our diets that can at times be difficult and confusing. My 5 years of advocacy work around healthy school food for children also helped me understand that sometimes you have to go against the system (the school system, the processed food system, the traditional medical system) to see powerful changes and improvements.

That advocacy work also led me to understand the important link between sugar and many health conditions, including weight gain, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. As I tackled my thyroid issues, I also was finally able to give up almost all added sugars in my diet while not feeling deprived or cutting calories at all and finally and easily lost the belly fat I had been carrying around since the birth of my oldest son. 

After informally coaching a friend, and within 3 weeks helping her reverse pre-diabetes and break a binge eating disorder that she had had since she was a child, I knew that my next career would be in helping others overcome their health issues or lose weight that won’t come off.

Are you struggling with weight gain or mysterious or “untreatable” medical problems? Sometimes you need an advocate in your corner. To help you problem solve, to keep you accountable, to sort through the mountains of nutrition information, supplements and programs everyone is trying to sell you. My weight loss protocol is about eating real, whole food and changing the composition of what you eat without ever even thinking about a calorie so that you can break the cycle of insulin resistance and lose weight. It’s not extreme and doesn’t involve completely giving up any of the food groups! And when you’re done, my goal is help you maintain new habits for life so you never have to pay for another program or diet product, or worry about your weight at all!

Are you struggling with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes? I have a protocol developed by a national expert to reverse it – my first pilot client went from an A1C of 6.6 to 5.7 (from diabetic to the lowest end of prediabetic) in 11 weeks.

Taking the first step is scary but I want to make it easy, so I give you one hour free to get to know you, listen to your issues and hear how they’re impacting your life and health. Then I’ll share with you if I think I can help and how and you can decide if it’s a good fit (no pressure if it’s not!) It’s a free hour so you have nothing to lose. So if you’re ready to take the first step, you can schedule a free Healthy and Sustainable Weight Loss/Health Restoration Strategy Session anytime online (either in person or by phone or video chat). I look forward to getting to know you!

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Food for Thought: Mental Health and the Gut

Excerpts from episode 30 (“Food for Thought: Mental Health and the Gut”) of my podcast, The Perfect Stool: Understanding and Healing the Gut Microbiome, edited for readability. Relationship between Brain Activity and Gut Inflammation One example of gut-brain dysfunction can begin with decreased brain activity. This could come from a brain injury, concussion or stress. …

The Cancer Cocktail: Gut Dysbiosis, Inflammation, and Poor Immune Function

Excerpts from episode 29 of my podcast The Perfect Stool: Understanding and Healing the Gut Microbiome with Dr. Nasha Winters, ND LP: Lindsey Parsons, NW: Nasha Winters LP: Do you still consider yourself a cancer patient? Or do you feel fully recovered and not in danger? NW: That’s a really good question. I personally don’t …

How to find out more . . .

If you’re interested in finding out more about what it would be like to work with me, you can set up a Healthy and Sustainable Weight Loss/Health Restoration Breakthrough Session. This is a 60-minute consultation where I will listen attentively, focus on your problems and desired outcomes and discuss what it will take to achieve those outcomes.

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