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Welcome to Rooted in Healing. I’m Whitney and this isn’t just your average health and wellness blog. While my #1 priority is helping you heal autoimmunity through diet, lifestyle, and mindset changes, I also care a lot about the environment, eliminating toxic chemicals from the home, and social justice. I try to infuse those things throughout the pages of this website and my popular instagram page so you get an authentic feel for who I am. I strongly believe the world doesn’t need another health blogger. It needs someone who is going to show up raw, unfiltered, and authentic, so you don’t see an unattainable, cookie cutter version of what it’s like to live with chronic illness.
After navigating chronic health issues in a broken medical system, I went to school to receive a certification in Nutritional Therapy from the Nutritional Therapy Association out of Olympia, Washington. This holistic nutrition program focuses on correcting weaknesses in the body through nutrition and lifestyle. I learned how to support my autoimmune clients through food and targeted supplementation, while maintaining a strong focus on their bio-individual needs.
My bachelors degree is in Gender Studies from Metropolitan State University of Denver. I studied the complexities of race, class, and gender, and learned how privilege impacts people, systems, and health outcomes.
I have fused those teachings together to create a trauma informed, affordable, holistic community healing program to help folks with autoimmune disease get access to the nutrition coaching and community they both need and deserve.
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. When I shared my frustration at the lack of preventative care, she told me she could just put me on supplemental hormones now, if I wanted. Prior to my appointment I had been reading about healing autoimmune disease through diet and lifestyle changes. I mentioned this to her she laughed at me. I left her office crying that day and vowed to take matters into my own hands.
It got better.
I started on the Autoimmune Paleo diet and started feeling much better. I was eventually diagnosed with hashimotos, alopecia, PCOS, SIBO and candida. No wonder I had been feeling so crappy! The migraines, bloating, constipation, brutal period pain, and hair loss all stemmed from a severe imbalance in my body. It was through changing my diet, taking herbal supplements, changing my lifestyle and deepening my mindfulness practice that I was able to rebalance and find healing.
Except I was frustrated. Contrary to the advice of my endocrinologist, I learned that chronic illness can be both reversed and prevented. The medical system, which does a wonderful job at acute care and emergency medicine, is not built on a foundation that promotes the health and longevity of patients. We need a paradigm shift that truly supports getting to the root cause of health issues without suppressing symptoms. Until then, I’m here to help my clients in advocating for themselves and giving them the tools they need so they can heal and thrive.
As of right now, my diseases are completely in remission without needing to go on medication. I also was able to come off anti-depressants and mood stabilizers for the first time in 15 years. I lowered my antibody count, grew my hair back, and live a full, active life.
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. I opened my practice at the end of 2018 and have worked with hundreds women to heal their autoimmune and gut issues.
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