I look back on those photos of me from 15 years ago, and wonder why I didn’t recognize the mistakes I was making with my diet.
I was eating well ( I thought) and exercising regularly but still seemed to hang onto extra pounds no matter what. It was an article about diets for diabetics that began my 20-year long career in health and wellness. After a diet transformation, I was finally able to lose all of that extra weight. And that was just the start of it.
As the years passed I had 2 babies and was still able to bounce back to a pretty good weight, but I still wasn’t satisfied. I continued to study nutrition in grad school where I studied Public Health and did a lot of my independent studies in Holistic Health and Wellness. This became my lifelong path. From there I studied herbal medicine, essential oils, stress management, and all of the components that make us well. When I was about 35 I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, an autoimmune disease that attacks the intestines and ranges from mild to fatal.
Mine was somewhere in the middle, enough to spur me to action drawing from my years of holistic health and wellness. I was able to take the diet that helped me to drop 25 pounds of body fat and tweak it further to help my body fight inflammation and bacteria. It worked. My UC went into remission and my body became leaner and stronger than ever in my life.
I have been UC-free for 3 years! I have gone on to develop several gut health-focused programs that support the gut with a focus on various health areas such as healthy body weight, stress and inflammatory bowel disorders. My newest program Healthy Gut Healthy Body launches this May. My mission is to help others heal their gut and love life again.
Everyone has a story, this was mine. It might work for you, and if it doesn’t something will. Take a chance and test the limits, you might just be amazed at what you find.
Nicole Carter is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), corporate wellness consultant, and health coach with over 18 years of experience in health and wellness.
Nicole is a Laguna Beach Health Coach passionate about empowering people to take control of their health. Because of her holistic expertise, Nicole has been a guest speaker at International Conferences, Medical Conferences, University Conventions, local and national news networks, radio programs, and Internet shows. Nicole has been featured on International News Channels such as the BBC.