My Story: How Addiction And Depression Lead To My Career As A Healer

Shortly after my second child was born, I finally made peace with the fact that having an identity outside of “wife” and “Mom” would result in a happier me. My husband fulfilled a part of me, my kids another. Yet my first-born’s 3-year struggle with eczema had introduced me to holistic health and natural medicine and had ignited a passion inside me that I wished to use to help others. I eventually earned my Board Certification as a Holistic Nutritionist and began eagerly guiding friends, family, and local parents towards healthier eating habits, natural remedies, and holistic healing.

Yet all the while, harboring a painful secret of my own.

Despite my professional title, I struggled with food & stimulant addiction myself, which only followed a long history of anorexia and bulimia in my teenage years, as well as alcohol abuse. Food was something that, as a teenager, I used to attain some sense of control throughout my abusive childhood, yet as an adult, food was something that now controlled me. It was my drug of choice — one free of the obvious effects of other illicit drugs and one I could easily do in secret without fear of exposure. I gained and lost over 60 pounds with each of my two pregnancies, both weight gains being primarily from a diet of processed, packaged junk foods, and both weight losses being a result of using coffee as an appetite suppressant before binge-eating at night.

So there I was, excitedly getting my Nutrition practice off the ground, whilst battling debilitating depression, fatigue, and brain fog myself. I sought help from multiple local alternative healthcare practitioners, including acupuncturists, chiropractors, and kinesiologists, whose healing modalities always had limited results. Hundreds of dollars and countless tears later, it finally sank in:

every healing modality out there would have little effect until I began nourishing my body daily with clean, nutritious foods, versus foods that were literally poisoning my body and mind.

I decided to take myself on as my most difficult client yet. I went on to study the mechanism behind food addiction, as well as the essential lifestyle practices necessary to effectively tackle the emotional aspects driving it. I received formal training in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, as well as Holistic Addiction Therapy, but the turning point came after implementing Amino Acid Therapy, a supplement therapy pioneered by Dr. Julia Ross which targets depleted neurochemicals to address food addiction and mood disorders.

After an intensive 3-month self-treatment program, I finally regained control over my eating habits and learned how to realistically implement healthy diet and lifestyle practices into my hectic life.

And now I am overjoyed at the opportunity to help you do the same.

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