Starting in my early 20’s, I started having digestive issues, including acid reflux and lactose intolerance that I treated by eating pills with every dairy-containing meal. I went on years of proton pump inhibitors meant for only short-term use (Prilosec, Prevacid, etc.). I also took repeated courses of antibiotics. 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. I wasn’t happy with that course of action. 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 start eliminating things from my 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. 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.
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 119 to 15! My digestive issues also cleared up completely. I also was finally able to give up almost all added sugars in my diet while not feeling deprived at all and finally lost the belly fat I had been carrying since the birth of my oldest son.
I also have been involved for 5 years in advocacy for healthy school food for children and grew to understand the important link between sugar and many health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and obesity. Informally coaching a friend, within 3 weeks I helped her reverse pre-diabetes and break a binge eating disorder that she had had since she was a child. This led to a desire to start helping others overcome their health issues or lose weight that won’t come off.
I’d love to help you clarify what your goals are for your health and weight and discuss what it would look like to work with me. You can schedule a Healthy and Sustainable Weight Loss Discovery Session anytime. I look forward to talking with you!