Founder FODMAP Life, Certified Nutritional Consultant, Author, Digital Health & Wellness Marketing Professional
In 2013 I was fed up with feeling sick, bloated, distended and unwilling to go out or do the things I love. My IBS was affecting my work, exercising, my mood and my relationship with food. I had one too many close calls and the stress from IBS was too much to handle. Often times I didn’t know how my day would unravel. The feeling was that I had no control. That’s when I started researching natural ways to feel better – without big pharma drugs.
This blog is meant to help others who have IBS, Celiac Disease, or IBD (Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis), and auto immune diseases like Hashimoto’s (a thyroid disease). The focus is the low-Fodmap Diet, as well as other natural ways to help care for the body and mind.
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Deep down I feel the cleaner the foods you eat, the better for your energy, mental strength and your health down the line. I am a no-partially hydrogenated, modified, processed type of eater. I eat vegetables, olive oil, coconut oil and fish the most, but if an onion or caffeine is causing me problems – it’s time to go. Learning about what foods to eat or avoid has changed my life!
Aside from having digestive trouble, I have also had an appendectomy (1999), a cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal 2005), a double back surgery in May 2013 and have had a thyroid condition since 2010 and was diagnosed in March 2014 with Hashimoto’s disease. So I have not had the best time with my health, however I am very grateful for the health I do have. My family has been an incredible support during the tough times.
The person in my family who was most supportive was my Mother. Rita was a Director of Nursing and helped thousands of patients and employees over the years, not excluding my family. If a family member was sick, close to death or in some sort of trouble, she was always there for them. She exercised, loved yoga and through the years imparted the best in eating habits for my Brother and I. I owe my LOVE for vegetables and fruit to her. My beautiful Mother died on July 25, 2014 at age 66. This blog and all of FODMAP Life is dedicated to her loving, supportive, intelligent, happy and sweet soul. My goal is to keep up the momentum of her legacy and help others .
My book, The Everything® Low-FODMAP Diet Cookbook is available now from these booksellers:
Publisher: F+W Media. Publish Date: May 6, 2016
Since I have experienced so many health problems, finding new and better ways to care for my health and to help others has been a passion and life goal. Healthy foods, natural remedies, mediation and exercise are what interest me the most and I definitely consider myself a food and wellness advocate and the FODMAP Life is part of my overall wellness journey.
As a Certified Nutritional Consultant I love making a difference in people’s lives. I provide consulting for the low-FODMAP diet, weight loss, meal planning/grocery shopping and personal wellness consultations. From prenatal health, to diabetes management, thyroid disease, food allergies and other diseases or conditions, my services are available. My holistic approach focuses on the whole body – the psychological, physical and social self. Contact me today for coaching.
Until back surgery, I used to be an avid runner and I didn’t worry about pain – I ran the Boston Marathon, completed a couple other half marathons, 5ks (best time 20:32 !), 10ks, placed first and second in a few trail runs and finished a couple sprint and super sprint triathlons. So nowadays I don’t really run at all. I walk, swim, practice yoga and Pilates. I have to be very careful of my back and if I can leave anyone with any advice – if it’s heavy, get help lifting it. If you run or do any strenuous workouts, make sure to stretch and give your body time to recover. If you run several times per week, consider swapping in other exercises – especially those that focus on strengthening your core (by the way, running has been known to make IBS symptoms worse!). If your job requires you to sit all day, get up at least every 20-30 minutes and take a walk or stretch (I stand to work often). Don’t push yourself too hard and listen to your body!
Please get social with me, like/follow on Facebook and Twitter and comment below my blog posts, enter our Giveaways on Facebook with FODMAP friendly brands or please contact me here at FODMAP Life’s parent company, BonCalme. Let’s get through this together.
Should you have a health issue that needs immediate attention, please consult with your doctor. When looking to get a proper diagnosis for any digestive disorder or auto-immune condition consider getting as many opinions as possible.
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