Hi, I'm Amy.
I chose to change my life regarding the foods I was eating, how I was eating, and how I was handling the stresses in my days. Just like you, I’ve experienced many ups and downs and tough choices.
It’s been a long journey, but the story that compelled me to change the course of my life is my own. For many years I didn’t feel good after I ate. I was sick or had terrible stomach pains or got really sleepy.
I was exhausted most of the time.
I went to various doctors here and there trying to find some answers. They did lots of tests and pretty much declared everything normal except for low iron. So, they recommended prescription strength iron and said I was fine. But that didn’t really help anything. I looked up a list of foods that were high in iron to try that. The trouble was that I was already eating most of those. I began asking why my iron was continually low despite eating these things and now taking iron pills, but nobody had any answers.
Eventually the terrible stomach pains turned into episodes where I couldn’t breathe and my heart would race, turning into anaphylactic reactions to certain foods. Some of these foods I had eaten for years. More meds and an epi-pen later, they told me to just eat whatever I wanted and use the epi-pen as needed. Oh, and probably the primary cause of my stomach pains was anxiety, so here take a pill for that too.
It was so emotionally draining.
I felt isolated since I didn’t know what to eat and so many social gatherings take place around food. It seemed like none of my doctors really believed me. And, I began to wonder if they were right and it really was all in my head.
After these episodes I was so tired. All. The. Time.
I slept all night and needed a few hours of napping just to barely make it through the day. My boys were little and I had no energy to play with them. I remember just lying on the floor unable to get up, purely exhausted, my head spinning, wondering if I was going to pass out. I taught them how to call 911 just in case I didn’t wake up when they needed me. I had no idea what was wrong with me, but I knew something was going on.
Can you relate to wanting a different ending than where you are headed?
There was not just one moment of clarity, but it was a journey.
My husband, Tony, was there doing what needed to be done, loving me and encouraging me to keep going.
My boys, Andrew & Ryan, were full of enthusiasm and passion and perseverance and faith, making it through their own trials.
My nutritional therapist, Lauren, began working with me.
My friends and family encouraged me to keep going and helped me see how dis-satisfied I was with how things were – encouraging me to make a change.
A friend reminded me not to let fear rule my life.
And God gave me a vision and strength and empowered me. I am so thankful to say that these rough, dark days are behind me now and my life is on a new course.
There seems to be a disconnect today between health, the way we live our lives, and the conventional medical community. My Nutritional Therapy Practitioner training tied everything together for me – what I was learning from my own research and applying to my life and then experiencing as a result.
It makes me sad to think about the
standard American diet full of sugar
and refined carbs and the impact it is having on our lives as the basis for the majority of other health conditions.
It can lead to a life of constant fatigue,
mood swings, irritability, weight gain, allergies, leaky gut, autoimmune diseases, pain, and so many other things.
I also felt betrayed by the US dietary recommendations of eating low-fat and low calorie, which I had carefully followed for most of my life in my desire to be healthy. It didn’t work out very well for me.
I never grow tired of talking about how God perfectly designed and created our bodies and how when we care for them and nourish them, we can thrive. We can nourish our bodies with real, whole foods instead of sugared, processed junk.
My life has been transformed through this journey and I am passionate about helping people to have the energy to fully engage in life and to love their families and others well.
I want to help people achieve balance – in their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual states which will translate to transformed lives.
I am excited at the thought of men and women living vibrant lives, having the energy to love their kids, spouses, and families well. I want children to be thriving and learning and playing, exploring their world, filled with imagination.
I am a good listener and an encourager.
I have experience of what it is like to live in a state of non-health. I have insight and wisdom and am able to connect with others. I also have knowledge from my research and studies about nutrition and how it affects the body through my certification from the Nutritional Therapy Association NTP program. This is along with my almost 20 years of experience as a physical therapist with a Bachelor’s Degree in clinical science and a Master’s in Physical Therapy.
At the end of my career, I would love to be able to say that I was part of helping people restore their health so that they could regain their lives – men, women, children, and whole families. I want to get this message out so that lives are changed.
By changing lives, families are changed. By changing families, communities are changed. And by changing communities the culture is changed.
How great that would be to have a world full of healthy people – mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually – who are fully engaged in life, loving their families and others well.
Don’t wait any longer. Let’s do this!
Can you imagine this too?
Are you ready to join me on this journey – living the life you were created to live?