My journey to becoming Flow Nutritionist Torquay & Warrnambool, started about 7years ago. I was fed up with conventional medicine, and being told that there is nothing wrong with me. I would go to the Dr, with a tummy that looked about 6 months pregnant (I was not pregnant, I was so bloated). I was tired, cranky, couldn’t think straight, My moods were low, and I thought, “There has to be more to life that feeling like crap every day!”
So, I walked out the Dr’s, looking pregnant, in tears, in pain, with no answers as to why I felt and looked so terrible! My Mum pushed me to spend, just a bit more money, as a last resort. I went to a Natural Health Practitioner who got it. He understood what was going on in my system. He didn’t tell me there is nothing wrong, he told me there was “A lot wrong!”. I had a lot going on, so it was one step at a time. First we cleared internal Candida, mostly caused by the antibiotic use I’d had in previous years (for sinus issues, which I have not had an issue with since). Then it was clearing Gallstones that I had accumulated. (Who has massive pains down their right hand side after all of the rich Christmas food?…I used to, and that was Gall Bladder cracking it with me, not anymore!) Then it has been a work in progress since then, yep, I am still working to better my health. My body is teaching me, so that I can feel what my clients are going through.
So, after a year or so of seeing this practitioner, I moved to a North WA, a very warm climate (I grew up in Warrnambool, Victoria), where I was eating little amounts of Wheat/Gluten, due to the warmth. And guess what happened? I naturally started to lose some weight and I had more energy. For the first time in my life, naturally loosing weight! I had always struggled with my weight (and now I know why!!), so this was such an eye opener for me, and really got me thinking about the food I ate. I changed my diet some more, and then some more, until I was at a place where I feeling pretty good.
I was so interested with the effect food was having with my body, that I wanted to know more. I didn’t want to just follow a stack of people on Facebook, I didn’t want to have someone tell me what to eat, I wanted to work it out! I wanted to know the Ins and outs as to how foods were having such an effect in my body. So, through much research, I worked out what I really wanted to learn. I didn’t want to be a travel consultant for the rest of my life, I wanted to learn something that would be helpful to me, and something that could help my family and friends live a healthier life. (I’m sure my Dad wishes I stuck at being a travel consultant, and not learning why white potatoes for a diabetic are not the answer!!) I wanted to learn how to heal the body with food as medicine, and nutrients and minerals that our body must have to function with. Our body get’s the majority of it’s nutrients and minerals from food, and without these foods, disease state can set in.
So, I signed up to study an Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine, in 2014, and now in 2017, qualified and practicing as Flow Nutritionist (in Torquay and Warrnambool). As I started to study, my brain felt like it was going to explode! I hadn’t studied in years, I was finding hard to concentrate and was I was anxious about not knowing or grasping anything. Then, my fiancé at the time, and I, moved back to Victoria to get married and start a life closer to my family, who are all in Victoria. I was organising the move, trying to study, working, and organising a small wedding (God help people that organise big weddings!), and I started to become very unhappy. I started loosing weight at a great rate, and had a very negative mind set. I knew there was something up with me, so off I went to see a Naturopath, who treated me for Adrenal Fatigue. “Stress, me, no, I never stress!” This is what I thought, but when I look back, my mind was so busy, my body was so busy, I just couldn’t keep up with everything. My body was telling me to slow down before something bigger was going to hit me. So, I did just that, for a while anyway. I thought I was invincible, and that I could do everything at once. Next, I ended up with Bowel issues, not sleeping, moods out of control, hormones out of whack, and just exhausted. All whilst learning why this was happening, and how I could control it.
My body has taught me a hell of lot along the way, and is still continuing to teach me. I have had a parasite, been on the FODMAP diet, I’ve eaten and drank things that I thought I would never get down my throat. One of the biggest things about working on getting myself right is; that I know how it feels first hand to have many of the issues I can help people with. I understand that changing food habits is bloody hard work at the start. I understand that some foods that you’re meant to eat taste terrible, and foods you’re not meant to eat, taste so darn good. I know why this is the case, just ask me! I know what it’s like to not sleep, and I know how good it is to sleep well. I know what it’s like to be constipated, I know what it’s like to have diarrhoea, and I know how good you feel when bowels are moving how they’re meant to. There are also conditions that I haven’t had, but have studied and researched and thank the universe that I have not endured them, however, know how to support people with these conditions.
Through my time studying Nutritional Medicine, I have learnt so much more than what I thought I would. To this day, I am still amazed at what the body endures, and how it can heal with the right food and supplements. I could continue writing about me, and what I have learnt and experienced over the years of healing and learning, but I will stop here. I hope that you can find one small thing in this blog, that helps you. One thing that gives you an “ah ha” moment, one thing that makes you want to contact me, or another practitioner, to help you, or someone you know, to a healthier path. I wish all people reading this, longevity and happiness.
Well wishes to all, Jo, Flow Nutritionist. x