Hello! I’m so happy you are here! I’m Leslie, lover of all things colorful and bright, impulsive gardener, chopper-preparer of veggies and good things to eat, singer (kinda!) of all manner of music, awed observer of the beauty of this marvelous world.
Several years ago, though, life looked pretty bleak–I was sick even though I did not necessarily look sick. I was overweight. I hurt. I was SO tired. Couldn’t sleep at night. Couldn’t sustain even the smallest weight loss. Discouraged. Lethargic. Sad.
What’s wrong with me? I’d wonder. Why is nothing I am doing changing anything? Doctors would advise me, “Oh, of course you’re tired. You have five kids!” or “You’re probably perimenopausal.” Both true statements, but nothing they advised me to do helped.
Not. One. Bit.
It progressed–or regressed, actually. I was diagnosed with high cholesterol. The recommendation? Medication. I was also diagnosed with borderline high blood pressure (more medication!) and an underactive thyroid (yet more medication!). When I suggested that perhaps changing my diet might help keep me off medication, I was dismissed. Not possible they said.
Then, three years ago, WHAM! A series of super stressful events occurred in my life. Working very hard to “keep it together,” I crashed. My joints were so sore, my breathing so shallow, I could hardly walk. Not good. I needed a nap every single day! In the morning I’d think, how long until I can get back in bed? I got bloated, my digestive system went on the fritz, I was sad and lethargic…in short, I was truly falling apart physically, emotionally, mentally.
Somebody help me! I silently screamed. Somebody must know what is wrong with me. Not just the bits and pieces that are wrong, but why my body was going into some kind of rebellious unhealthy slide.
Following my yearly exam, I learned I had cervical dysphasia, a precancerous condition of the cervix. Recommendation: surgery to remove a portion of my cervix. Now, I’m all about getting anything “bad” out of my body. Yet I kept thinking, “Why would I get this condition? And if they do the surgery, how do I know it won’t come back again? What caused it in the first place?”
When I consulted with my (then) doctor, and with the surgeon, I was told no, none of your various symptoms are related, none of it. There’s nothing you can change, including your diet, that will help. AND you still need medication for this, medication for that. My question: For how long? The answer: The rest of your life.
Something inside me just couldn’t accept the notion that my decline in health was not in some way related to a root cause, to something or some things gone amiss, which, if corrected, would reverse the downward spiral I was in. I knew there had to be an alternative to the medications and surgery, especially after I read the teeny tiny print on the med insert–side effects and complications. Those, my friends, can be far worse than the original problem itself! There HAS to be some other way. Has. To. Be.
And thus began my journey which has led to now. Praying every step of the way, I researched. I read. I studied. Books, blogs, websites, magazines, webinars. If I could access it, I went after it, digested it, mulled it all over.
Amongst other valuable, life-changing information, I learned that up to 90% of women with low thyroid function have an autoimmune condition, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. 90%! So I made an appointment to see my doctor, and asked her to test me for Hashimoto’s. No, was the answer. Why not? “Because there’s nothing you’d do differently.”
If you’re thinking, “WHAT??!!” What kind of answer is that,” you’re thinking exactly what I was thinking. Except I was also thinking, “This conversation is over.”
Here’s what I also learned, shortened version: God made my body to want to heal. It was looking for ways to heal. And those pains, those symptoms? My body was sending me signals that something(s) was amiss. The symptom was a sign, not something to be suppressed with medication. The symptom, the sign, was a CLUE to the underlying problem. Correcting the underlying problem would dispatch the symptom. Hallelujah! My body was talking to me.
I needed to listen up! And fast.
Astonishingly, I read story after story of people healing when they listened to their bodies, when they changed their diet to whole, nutrient-dense foods, when they changed their lifestyle. Learned to manage stress, learned to breath, to work/move/play in ways that were rich and meaningful. Became aware of what mattered most, and cherished it, nurtured it.
A literal miracle occurred when I headed this advice: I healed. I regained my health. My cervical dysplasia is gone. No surgery! My cholesterol is normal, as is my blood pressure. No medication! I now breath and move without pain. I have energy and vitality. I eat without any resulting discomfort. I sleep at night (hallelujah! ’cause I’m a girl who loves her sleep!). I lost 75 pounds! I feel younger. More alive than I have in years. Happier, more creative, patient. My autoimmune condition is moving ever so positively into remission, something others have accomplished with a nutrient-rich diet. I’m joining them!
I feel like my whole world has opened up onto a new vista, wide and expansive. Full. Energizing.
Life-giving change. That is what happened to me. Life-enhancing change.
It can happen to you, too!
But here’s the thing. When I needed someone to help me navigate this path, there was no one. Oh, I’d been blessed to find a great physician who practiced integrative health. And I created a “team” of people to help me in various ways. But I could find no one to come alongside me on a regular basis and help me unravel the mysteries of this new change. I needed a coach. There was no one like that near me.
So I became one. Yes, I did.
I studied integrative nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and learned the hows, whys, whats, and whens of this holistic lifestyle, and how to coach each others to experience this life-enhacing change. It changed me. Forever.
And now? Now I can help others. Like you!
What was mind-numbingly overwhelming to me need not be so for you. Oh, yes, you’ll have to do the work, but I will be there with you, guiding, encouraging, inspiring you. Clearing up the confusion, listening to your story as it unfolds, suggesting, caring, creating a safe space just for you in which you can grow and change and heal. Foods to try, to eliminate, to change. Healthy self-care practices which enhance your health, detoxify your body, calm you, brighten your mood. All tailored to you.
I hope my story has inspired hope in you, has encouraged you to step out, be brave, make a change…or two…or three.
Check out my blog. Try some new things.
And know that TODAY, you can take that step towards healing. Select a program, we’ll fit it to your particular needs. It will be designed just for you!
Let’s do this!
Let’s LIVE WELL!