Why I became
I grew up in Cornwall, England and remember being fascinated when my mum made natural yoghurt from culture, I was quite young
and I wanted to like it more than I did. Growing up I would visit the local health store even though I didn’t really like the taste of the foods. I was also intrigued by books that told of plants like dandelion and burdock being used to make herbal tonics...something about all of these things fascinated me, and I wasn’t sure why nor did I really seek further.
During most of my late teens, 20s and half of my 30s I lived in London and led a pretty unhealthy lifestyle which included lots of
drinking, a poor diet and I smoked (but not drugs). Even through these years I still thought of myself to be healthy, as I managed to maintain a healthy weight, I ate brown bread and even continued on with yoghurt - though this time round it was the sweet variety
with lollies in 😝🍬
Eventually my lifestyle took its toll on my health and when I failed to get pregnant after trying for 4 years I was devastated. It was investigated and I was told I had PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). This is a condition that is linked to insulin resistance and
pre-diabetes and is the most common reason for infertility. We were still living in England and I am grateful that the NHS agreed to fund
a course of infertility treatment with Clomid. It made me feel terrible, but I did get pregnant. My husband and I also followed a natural protocol which involved taking supplements including zinc and selenium amongst others. We moved to New Zealand early on in my pregnancy and towards the end I had developed gestational diabetes, this developed into pre-diabetes and was closely monitored by
my doctor for a couple of years.
At that time I started to wonder why my health was deteriorating at such a young age. I was still in my 30s after all!
It was then that I decided to study Naturopathy. I learned so much about how the body works and the importance of a good diet - that includes vegetables 🥦🌽🥑 I learnt to love them and to make them a big part of my diet. I didn’t become a vegetarian but made sure
I always incorporated a large amount of veggies. I took supplements to improve my liver and digestive health, plus a couple of full detox protocols over the next couple of years and I started to exercise. My insulin resistance resolved, pre-diabetes reversed – I no longer needed to measure my blood sugars, and my cholesterol levels normalised. This was over 17 years ago and since then I have remained diabetes free and have excellent blood sugar levels.
My journey showed me how gradual changes to my thinking, diet and lifestyle have made such a difference to my health and how I age.
While I still allow myself aspects of my old habits, a few bubbles here and there, I pride myself on living by the quote: ‘Do whatever makes your soul happy’ and if that means choosing bubbles over green tea a couple nights a week then so be it! 🥂Life's about balance and our bodies have an amazing ability to heal themselves given the right nutrients…and a positive mindset.
Would you would like to become a happier, healthier version of yourself?