My journey began unexpectedly, after the birth of my son. I remember the nurse in the Hospital saying “he’s going to be a difficult baby”, and she was right. From the day we brought him home, our son was plagued with Acid Reflux, Skin Rashes, and Intestinal Distress. The Pediatrician said that it was “just Colic”, but my “Mommy Gut” told me there was something wrong.
I had planned on taking a hiatus from my engineering career in the Tech industry until my son entered school, but returning to work was put on hold indefinitely. A trip to a Pediatric Cardiologist revealed a heart arrhythmia of unknown origin, and he was developing neurological symptoms which disrupted his balance, coordination and speech. Our 3 year old was steadily declining, yet a diagnosis eluded Pediatricians and Specialists. We were told that nothing could be done, and we should take our son home for care and comfort.
Searching for answers I had my first “Aha!” moment. A friend suggested that gluten could be the culprit. I began calling family members and a relative explained that her son had some of the same symptoms when he was a baby. She said he had been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, a genetic auto-immune disease. Could something as simple as wheat cause so many health issues? Could a simple dietary change heal my son? I spent countless hours researching Celiac Disease, and Gluten Sensitivity and testing confirmed our suspicions. I immediately removed wheat, rye, and barley from his diet and we began seeing improvement.
A move to the mountains became my Turning Point. I was introduced to the non-profit Weston A. Price Foundation, and was mentored by Doctors, Real Food Chefs, Farmers, and Health Coaches. I learned about preparing nutrient dense whole foods, and removed processed foods from our diet. The results were truly dramatic, the health issues that had plagued my son from birth were now becoming a distant memory. I wanted to help others, and my first step was a blog, sharing recipes and information geared to those with Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivities. Through speaking engagements and Cooking Classes I quickly became known as the “Mommy on a Mission”. Nutrition and educating others had become my passion, and with the support of family and friends I returned to school to formalize my education. As a Certified Nutritional Therapy Consultant and Member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, I now help guide others on their journey so that they may reach their Turning Point.