I know how frustrating it is to not feel well, to under-perform and not know why. Eventually, in 2013 I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease and soon other dietary issues were uncovered. But it took persistence and learning to listen to my body before the truth emerged.
I did a lot of research into what is understood and believed; I realised that there are many myths and Chinese Whispers about health, diet and disease. I went back to the science that was my academic background and I retrained in Nutritional Therapy. So, now I help smart women who suffer from digestive and energy issues to detox their lives so that they can live from their highest self.
I am positive about my Coeliac diagnoses and feel grateful that I finally found out what was wrong with me. With around 1% of the UK population having Coeliac Disease, but with a low diagnosis rate of around 20%, approximately half a million people in the UK are needlessly suffering because they are unaware of what is making them feel so unwell.
I may or may not have had CD all my life – I don’t know. If so, looking back, this explains a lot of unusual problems I had from as far back as my childhood. If you are interested in finding out more about my Coeliac Diagnosis, here are blog posts Part 1 and Part 2. And how I became aware of food sensitivities as well, here is the next part of the story.
One thing this has taught me is that I am a strong and positive person. Another is that whatever you can imagine and fear, the reality of the things that actually happen will be far more obscure. In terms of expecting the unexpected, what happened to me was certainly very unpredictable.
But I was born with a lively and inquisitive mind and a gift for science, which I studied at university. Undergraduate study of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Genetics put me in a perfect position to investigate, inquire about and understand what was happening to my body.
Following my graduation I became a software developer, then an analyst and a project manager. Along the way I took time out to teach people who are registered as disabled how to use computers, email and the internet to enhance their lives. I also gained a PGCE and qualified to teach science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) at secondary level. Understanding the human body, nature and the living world is a passion of mine; when I was a child I used to drive my parents mad with my question ‘Yes, but why?’
My health issues have happened to me for a reason. There is nothing that stops me living a full and active life within the constraint of eating ‘free-from’. I am lucky that nothing more serious has happened to me to date. A person’s body is not their mind or their personality. I believe that understanding and mind-set are the keys to facing challenges and accepting change.
All my experience to date has brought me to my ‘thing’: of helping smart women who suffer from digestive and energy issues to detox their lives so that they can live from their highest self.
I hope you found the above whistle-stop tour of my life to be either interesting or inspirational and possibly both.
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