My name is Whitney and I’m a Nutritional Therapy Consultant. I love my job because I get to help women reverse symptoms of autoimmune disease by teaching them how to implement holistic diet and lifestyle changes. I also act as a friend, mentor and emotional support so people feel less alone on their journeys.
My journey started in 2015 when I noticed a bald patch on my head. I had been depressed and tired for many years and this was the first visible indication there was something wrong with me. I freaked out, scoured dr. google for answers and eventually learned I was dealing with an autoimmune disease. I went to several different doctors and specialists but no one would help me find a root cause other than “you’re just stressed” or “why don’t you increase your anti-depressants?” I was given a referral to a dermatologist for cortisol injections, but something told me that wasn’t right.
I never made it to the dermatologist’s office, but I did manage to get on the schedule of one of the top endocrinologists in Denver. I felt sure she would have the answers! Except, all she told me was that I had thyroid antibodies and they were within the “normal” range. She also said it was a waiting game and that she wouldn’t be able to treat me until my thyroid was destroyed enough to warrant hormone supplementation.
I was devastated. She was basically telling me I was sick and there was nothing that could be done until I was… sicker? When I shared my frustration at the lack of preventative care, she told me she could just put me on the hormones now, if I wanted. Prior to my appointment I had been reading about healing autoimmune disease through dietary changes (specifically AIP). When I mentioned this to her she laughed in my face. Needless to say I had a complete meltdown in the car after that appointment (and never went back).
It got better.
I took it upon myself to learn everything I could about the autoimmune paleo diet and eventually found a healthcare practitioner who would take me seriously. She diagnosed me with hashimotos, alopecia, PCOS and endometriosis. No wonder I had been feeling so crappy! My migraines, bloating, constipation, brutal period pain, and hair loss all stemmed from a severe imbalance in my body. It was through changing my diet (to AIP) and my lifestyle (finding a less stressful job) and working closely with a nutritionist and physician to monitor my symptoms, that I was able to find healing.
Finding someone who believed me and was willing to help me PREVENT illness instead of wait around and succumb to it was exactly what I needed. I had hope for the first time in over a year and was eventually able to reverse many of my symptoms, including lowering my thyroid antibody count and growing my hair back.
After learning the power of food and how broken both our food and healthcare systems are, I decided to go back to school to study nutrition. Now my life goal is to educate women and help them feel less alone as they work on healing. I love my job and I love this community. Thanks for being here!