Stephanie Ewals

I believe diets don't work. I believe in a health span rather than a life span. I believe that we are all individuals and what works for one person may not work for another. I don't believe in counting calories. I don't believe in asking my clients to do anything I am not willing to do myself. I believe our bodies don't lie and they do not deceive us. If your body is asking for something (cravings, health problems or anything else), then our job together is to figure out what your body is asking for and learn how to respond appropriately. 
 I am a Nutritional Therapist certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association. I started my journey to healing in 2010 when I was sick and tired of this rash on my arms and chest that wouldn't go away. It itched. All. The. Time. So I scratched it, until it bled. A little voice inside my head got me thinking about why this was happening and I started to visit with my friend Google quite often. I discovered that taking gluten out of my diet might help. So I did. One day in October 2010 I went gluten free. Cold Turkey (that just isn't for everyone). It was a challenge until I figured things out and  two weeks later the rash was gone. Never to be seen again. After that I sought out a Naturopathic Doctor to help me better navigate my hypothyroid symptoms. She diagnosed me with Hashimotos Thyroiditis. Something that no doctor had even considered checking since my original hypothyroidism diagnosis in 2002 and especially after my thyroid went nuts in 2004 while I was pregnant with my third child who was stillborn at 34 weeks gestation.
There was something going on with my thyroid at the time. Lots of stress because there were some suspicions that he was not okay in utero. My thyroid had gone from hyper to hypo during that pregnancy and all my doctor did was take me off my meds. There was no testing to see I was producing antibodies. Nothing. Just wait and see how this plays out.  It played out with the death of my child and that was the beginning of  me trying to figure out how to fix this. It was a long journey from then to 2010 when I figured out gluten might be the culprit. 
When I saw the Naturopath,  she ran some tests and discovered that I should cut out dairy and several other things.  I gave dairy up cold turkey too and quickly researched how to navigate through this new lifestyle I had chosen. I am managing my Hashimotos symptoms through diet and lifestyle and I do still take a natural desiccated thyroid hormone. That may never change but I am okay with that as long as I feel good. Isn't that what is important? That we feel good? It is.
It is also important that you become your own advocate in a world where healthcare is defined by giving you a prescription instead of figuring out why you feel the way you do. There are, of course, times when a prescription is needed, don't get me wrong!  Nutritional Therapy has helped me manage my hypothyroid symptoms and right now I feel pretty good. I can help you get to a place where you feel good too. What ever that is for you!

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