A Personal Update: Where I've Been and What I've Learned

Hi, y'all!  I know it's been a good long while since I've written a blog post (try two years!?), so I sincerely apologize for the inconsistency!  To get back to it, I want to give you a little life update here first before we dive into some nifty things on upcoming posts that I've been researching and experimenting with while I've been away.  I can't wait to share these new health habits, secrets and supplements with you to help boost your journey to true health, and get you glowing from the inside out.

Oh, Baby

As some of you may know, Anthony and I welcomed our daughter Sloane into our lives in October, 2015.  If you are a parent, then you know the "all hands on deck" intensity that follows!  It's like the best, hardest, craziest, newest, weirdest time of your lives crammed into a 3-month time period segmented by 3 hour increments of crying, feeding, and napping cycles.  But the light at the end of that 3-or-so month tunnel brightens your path the whole way and soon you're left with only faint, hazy memories of looping the stroller through the house over and over praying this little human would fall asleep (or at least stop crying for like one second, right?!).  Now our little "monkey-bug" as we affectionately call her (don't ask why) is 21 months and every day brings a new joy!  Her newest favorite thing is riding around on mommy's back pretending to be a goat (yes, I do "bleat" when asked nicely).

Anyway, back at that 3 month mark,  I wasn't sure how I could get back to health coaching given the unpredictability of my coaching schedule and the time demands of being "CEO" of my own business.  Thus, I took an indefinite break from Radiant By Nature.  On a whim, I began a little job search, and as luck would have it, within a few days of searching I found the perfect job: health and weight loss coach at a women's health and gynecology center - part time!  I started my job at Dr. Amy Brenner, MD and Associates in March 2016 and it was the beginning of a whole new chapter in both my career and personal health journey.

The Yuck Stuff - and How It Brought Clarity

So that's the watered-down version of where I've been in the past 18 months or so.  The other half of the story is a little less fun, and a bit harder to talk about. 

My history of "not feeling good" (which I detail on the RBN About page if you want to read more about it) started after college, and in the years that followed I was loosely diagnosed with fibromyalgia, mostly because I had extreme fatigue and that's what my mom was diagnosed with in the '90s.  This was the very beginning of my health journey and it started a cascade of nutrition and lifestyle changes as well as led to my extending my education into holistic nutrition, and getting certified as a Health Coach.

I experienced symptoms that ebbed and flowed over the years with an unpredictable pattern, and I always chalked them up to what I called "fibro", and kind of dealt with them by doing less, sleeping a little more, and relying on a (mostly) cleaned up diet.  I'd have some good days and a couple bad days, and always just got through the rough patches knowing there would be better days coming up.

But 5 months after Sloane was born, things went from inconvenient to downright intolerable.  My "rough patches" started making up about 75% of my days.  During them, I was dizzy most of the time, couldn't stand up for too long without leaning on something, and couldn't do simple household chores because I was so exhausted.  Holding Sloane for any length of time became hard, and I wasn't sleeping well.  At my wits end, I poured myself into the only thing I knew that could make me feel better and that I could rely on: research.

What I discovered was that I likely didn't have fibromyalgia at all.  And neither did my mom. (About 80% of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia are misdiagnosed).  I went to a functional doctor to get further testing for some things I thought could be causing my symptoms, and l got results that validated my suspicions.  I had chronic virus overload, which is complicated, but in a nutshell, some of those viruses we all get as kids (things like mononucleosis, and roseola) actually stick around in the body.  And when the circumstances are right, they can cause problems later on for some people.  It wasn't the only thing driving my condition, but it was a start. 

Around 80% of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia are misdiagnosed.

I began taking supplements to specifically fix some nutrient deficiencies I had, and started researching and doing everything I could to boost my immune system to fight the virus buggers. I started feeling a little better.  And then this Spring through some research I found a functional medicine doctor practicing out of San Diego and began seeing him remotely.  My progress ramped up, as did my knowledge of the body, the liver, detoxing, and how to heal from chronic conditions (and at a basic level simply how to feel less tired, clearer-headed, less anxious, and get better sleep - and we all can use a little of that!).

Moving Forward

So why am I coming back to RBN?  For one, it is something I have put a lot of time and energy into, and to be honest I'm not ready to leave it.  And secondly, I have a lot to share (even more than before now), and I have to believe I can help others who may be in a similar situation - or even you perfectly healthy people out there who just want to look and feel your absolute best, every day, and prevent future disease.

I am not going to be taking on private coaching clients right now outside of Dr. Brenner's, so Radiant By Nature will be simply a blog for awhile - one with a main purpose of sharing information.  I'll admit I'm not always the first person to look for a silver lining in tough situations (I'm working on it!), but I definitely have found one through this latest health struggle.  My experience, research, job, and doctor have taught me a lot about health and healing in the last year or so, and it's info I really want to get out there.

I know some of you are probably dealing with chronic conditions - like hypothyroidism due to Hashimoto's, Crohn's disease or Colitis, maybe IBS symptoms, or even just feeling tired all the time.  You are probably not being adequately helped by your regular doctor (or even a zillion odd specialists you may have seen), and you are feeling frustrated, alone, and freaking sick of feeling yuck.  I get it.  

My goal is to disseminate as much as I can of what I've learned and what my experience has been on this blog.  I will post on various root causes of these chronic conditions, and why they exist.  I will elaborate on specific nutrition and lifestyle practices you can employ to start feeling better.  I also plan to talk a bit about the functional medicine sphere, and empower you to find the right person to help you on your path to healing.

Maybe you aren't suffering from a chronic condition (that you know of). That's a great place to start! Chances are you are still a little more tired than you want to be, and maybe your skin looks duller than it used to.  Or maybe your waistline or booty aren't exactly as, ahem, tight as they used to be.  Guess what? This stuff is for you, too! I can say honestly that since working with my doctor, my skin looks healthier than it has in years, and my sleep now gets an A+.

In addition to helping you navigate chronic health conditions and the road to more radiant, glowing health, I plan to keep it real in this blog with a bit of personal stuff, too - like what I'm up to, what I do to keep my family as healthy as possible, and where I pick up quick food on the days when I'd rather be poking my eyeballs with needles than cooking (what?!).

I Want to Hear From You!

I'm eager to share lots of fun (and sometimes weird) stuff with you, but I really want to hear from you:

  • What are you struggling with? What symptoms bother you?
  • What do you want to hear more about? Maybe nutrition, maybe holistic healing, maybe supplements?

This will help me get an idea of what really matters to you!  Leave a comment below, or message me directly via email.  And if you are ready to take the first step to getting truly healthy, sign up for my free 7-Day email series Reveal Your Glow .

Thanks for being here!  Hope your day is as beautiful as you!