It’s been a real journey…
About 10 months ago now, I made a big decision.
I was fed up with chronic health issues that wouldn’t resolve despite my best efforts. I was tired, bloated, anxious, not digesting anything, itchy with chronic eczema and rashes, unmotivated, and downright feeling like shit. (Side note: if you haven’t read it yet, read my first post titled Let’s Get Real: My Personal Health Journey first. If you have, continue on!)
Over the 3 years leading up to my big decision, I saw a lot of natural health practitioners. I saw naturopaths, a homeopath, a Chinese medicine practitioner, more experienced Holistic Nutritionists, an osteopath, and more… and I complied to their programs whole-heartedly for long periods of time.
Don’t get me wrong, they were all extremely competent and highly skilled and I am certain they have helped many others, but I was a different case. Despite their best efforts, and mine, my issues remained, and I grew more and more frustrated and desperate.
Full disclosure: being a wellness professional, I was extra frustrated that I wasn’t able to heal MYSELF knowing all that I know about health, diet and lifestyle practices. Because I was really doing all the right things but getting worse and worse!
Flash forward to finding out about Functional Medicine and The Living Proof Institute Essentials Program. I had heard great things. But I still put it off, mostly because it was a big financial investment for me at age 29.
But I finally hit a point where the money didn’t even matter anymore.
My health was going downhill and I needed to do something big. So I went for it. I let go of my money worries and my egoic desire to heal MYSELF, and went ALL IN.
And here I am writing this now, 10 months later.
To put it lightly, the results I got from the appropriate diagnostic laboratory testing were MIND BLOWING. My body was a mess on the inside, but FINALLY my symptoms were EXPLAINED BY SCIENCE and we had REAL ROOT CAUSES. (I capitalize all these words because I am ridiculously grateful and passionate about this, haha)
For 8 months I diligently followed my custom-tailored Functional Medicine programs to address the true root causes of what was going on with me.
And I can tell you, in all honestly, that 8 months later, I actually felt like myself again.
Or actually, better than what I would have considered ‘myself’.
Here’s a short video interview of where I’m at now to really explain it:
“Sometimes you meet amazing patients that just need a bit of support to determine the actual cause of their issues. These are patients that are living a healthy lifestyle but have some blind spots that are affecting them negatively.
Laura is such a patient. She lives a very healthy, organic lifestyle and is such a strong person. She simply needed a different set of eyes and a novel but holistic approach to her health. We were able to have a drastic and positive impact on Laura’s health that she wanted to share her story with me and everyone who would listen.
Watch this amazing video for more specifics and Laura’s words about what we do differently at Living Proof and how we can help you get to the source of your health problems.”
–Dr. Navaz Habib of The Living Proof Institute
Sure, there’s always more work to be done (I’m sure not done yet!) and great health is always an ongoing journey. But boyyyy oh boyyyy have I seen such big, amazing changes.
If you’re suffering from chronic health issues that won’t resolve, or even if your journey with health issues is just beginning, or even if a doctor told you that you’re stuck with a health issue for life, I URGE YOU to check out the Living Proof Institute.
You just can’t put a price on quality of life.
Functional Medicine has been so transformational to me that I’ve enrolled to become a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC), program starting Sept. 1, 2018.
I’m not being melodramatic when I say my health was rough.
For about 2.5 years, my chest, arms, wrists, hands, eyelids and lips were covered in itchy red rashes. This is merely the VISIBLE, outward manifestation of the numerous issues that were going on inside; things I could document with photos. The rashes corresponded with intense fatigue, bloating, yeast infections, inability to digest anything, low motivation and more.
Not everyone shows health issues through their skin, but I do and my body was clearly screaming for help.
I took photos of some of it because I knew that, one day when I was healthy again, I’d want to look back on these photos with mega gratitude.
I’m there now.
The photos below are raw and personal and not ones I ever thought I would have shared publicly but I truly believe they will help at least one person who is struggling with mysterious health issues that can be healed through Functional Medicine.
Viewing these photos to upload them here brought back the pain and frustration I remember from that time (which wasn’t that long ago), trying everything I could to heal with no relief.
Yet I also have a ridiculous amount of gratitude for the healing I’ve experienced from the appropriate diagnostic testing, a focused approach and the right support behind me. I actually can’t believe, now, how awful it was then– I basically wore long sleeves for 2 years to hide the worst of the chronic rashes!
How I feel now speaks volumes but I’m going to re-do all the diagnostic laboratory testing soon to see what has changed in quantifiable measurements and what still needs work.
I will write another post with those results in the upcoming months.
Anyway, here it is:
Anyway, I’ve come SO far in my journey that it must be shared.
I hope my story helps you, or someone you know in some way. I promise it WILL get better.
In best health,
She is here to preach what she practices and help you to prepare amazing whole food meals from scratch, grow your own organic food and optimize your lifestyle and environment to promote the most vibrant, glowing and energetic you.
Laura is currently based in Dundas, Ontario, Canada but works remotely with people from all over the world!
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- IG: 💩So I sent my poop off to Georgia last week…Via this— the GI-MAP.💩The GI-MAP is a diagnostic test that uses a sample of your poop to provide SO MUCH information about what’s going on in your gut.And that’s important, because—YOUR GUT HEALTH IS A HUGE FACTOR IN YOUR OVERALL HEALTH and is rooted in all sorts of ailments from anxiety & depression (mental health), to skin issues, to immune system function to obesity to diabetes to fatigue to thyroid disorders to chronic pain to… you name it, and your gut probably has something to do with it!💩Many of us actually have what we call “stealth infections” that often make us “mysteriously” unwell or seriously lower our quality of life or ability to perform at a high level. Most of the time, these are not detected by conventional medical tests from your doctor or a specialist 👎🏼.💩Back in 2017, after searching for answers as to why I was perpetually covered in painfully itchy eczema, couldn’t digest anything no matter how clean I ate, was chronically exhausted and depressed (plus more), I came across functional medicine and sent in my GI-MAP.💩The GI-MAP finally gave me the answers I searched years for. I, too, had stealth infections (bacterial and parasitic), imbalances in gut bacteria, high levels of inflammation in my gut, was highly reactive to gluten, and had a barely functioning immune system (there was more, but these are the big guys I remember).💩With this new information, @drnavazhabib devised a functional medicine plan to eradicate the nasties and address my imbalances and deficiencies.💩And within about 6 months, I was a completely new person in a body that was actually working 🙌🏼💩So now, as I send off my third GI-MAP test (now as an annual preventative healthcare regime), I reflect upon just how powerful functional medicine and this simple little test is, and why I went back to school to become involved in such a life-changing field🙌🏼💩If you, or anyone you know could use some help finding answers as to what’s holding back your health or preventing you from being the high performer you want to be, shoot me a message.Your poop tells it all😘• - August 20, 2019
- IG: I LOVE SUMMER! Had so much fun making this summer harvest salad for a friends’ bbq yesterday 🤩At its simplest, it’s a roasted rainbow beet salad with fresh sweet peaches, cherry tomatoes, burata cheese and a simple pesto drizzle….but I decided to take it up a notch and add a base of local beefsteak tomato slices, a handful of arugula, baby purple and green basil leaves and then nasturtium flowers, which are of course, edible and add a delightful peppery zing 🙌🏼I topped this off right before we ate with herb candied walnuts (walnuts candied in organic maple syrup with a pinch of holy basil/tulsi from the garden) and a simple pesto drizzle (fresh basil leaves, olive oil, fresh lemon juice and Him salt puréed in my Vitamix).I grew the beets, the basil, the cherry tomatoes, the tulsi and the flowers.It was a hit, as delicious as it was pretty, and something I’d definitely make again!How are you enjoying the locally harvested delights right now? - August 12, 2019