Welcome Introduction to My Health Journey & Passion
Welcome! If you’re new around here this is the perfect place to start!
I couldn’t be more thrilled that you’ve found this site. If you haven’t already, you should check out my About Me page where you can find out how this site got started and what you can expect from hanging around my little corner of the internet. There you’ll also see I have two passions in life, health and home improvement (with the third listed as a passion for sharing my passions.)
My name is Kiersten and I’ve taken charge of my own health because I realized no one is going to do that for me. I’m on a journey to live a less toxic more whole foods lifestyle. With this lifestyle I’ve ramped up my weight loss with no effort (I’ve lost 56 pounds in total and I’m on my way to 80!) and I’ve cured my 20+ medical symptoms that were deemed to be ‘in my head’ by my doctor but were silently ruining my life.
My health passion has lead me to pursue a career as a health coach. There are probably 100 eye rolls right now and believe me, a few years ago, I would have been rolling my eyes too. But just hear me out…
My Health Passion
I’ve been dieting since I was 13 after I was told that ‘I had such a pretty face if only I could lose some weight.’
Over the course of the next 15 years, I lost and gained over 1,000 pounds and ranged from a size 6 to size 16. I tried every diet ever marketed including Atkins, South Beach, Slim Fast and Weight Watchers. I’ve drank weight loss shakes (later proven to also be used to help ‘fatten’ anorexia nervosa patients.) I’ve eaten all the diet food, lean cuisines and tried all the miracle pills. Sensing a theme here? They’re all processed and quick fixes.
I dabbled with bulimia. I abused diet pills and laxatives. There was a time I even prayed that God would make me anorexic, just so I would be anything other than fat. The 15 year battle took a huge toll on my body. I developed anxiety, depression and an unknown cause of my 24+ aches, pains and illnesses.
It didn’t help that I was literally addicted to diet coke, sugar and cheese… but no one ever told me.
If someone had explained to me back then what I know now I could have avoided all of it. And you know what…
That Makes Me Mad
Because since I’ve made the change to a whole foods lifestyle I’ve been able to reignite my weight loss after a 2 year plateau. But losing a few pounds isn’t what sparked the change in me. First, it was a random health coaching conference I attended and second, since I’ve switched to a whole foods lifestyle I have never felt more alive, happy and vibrant in my entire life.
I lost 13 pounds in the first month without exercising (like at all), gained energy that could rival that of a 3 year old after chowing down a bucket of halloween candy and cured my mystery aches and pains that had plagued me for two and half years. The fatigue is gone. The brain fog is gone. My depression is gone and my anxiety is waning. I haven’t had one migraine and best of all I’m Happy as fuck (#sorrynotsorry).
So for all of those reasons I’m dedicating my life to helping others do the same thing…
So I’m Going to Be a Health Coach
So now I’m starting a career as a health coach. (Who knew that a random health coaching conference I attended as a guest of a friend, also a health coach, would change my life forever.)
I’m okay if this health coaching career takes a while to get going, have you seen my home improvement section of this blog? I can keep busy. I want growth to be organic and honest. I’m still learning about the things I’m putting on and in my body and I’m still working on myself. But I plan to share all the struggles and accomplishments with you so you can see that it’s not impossible to take charge of your health! So you can follow my journey here and on Instagram and Facebook.
I’ll also be enrolling in nutrition classes to give my clients the absolute best advice I can. Because unfortunately, nutrition makes up less than 1% of the curriculum for doctors education.
So in the meantime, I’m starting with this blog where I hope to spark interest in people to take control of their own health, don’t wait around for someone else to figure it out, you have the power.
And if you’re interested in a health coach, get in contact with me! I can help make it easier to integrate more whole food and less toxic products into your family’s life, even when you think it’s expensive or impossible. (Hint, it’s not and it’s not.)