“It’s amazing to me how many of us do such a great job at caring for our kids but manage to neglect ourselves…”
When i was younger, i was pretty happy with life.
I studied dance, travelled, did a degree in Psychology, worked and generally enjoyed my life as much as I could. I think back to dance rehearsals where we would take breaks for a coffee or a diet coke and cigarette and marvel at how I got to where I am now!
Becoming a mama was the best thing that happened to me because I couldn’t have sustained the lifestyle I had when I was in my 20’s and early 30’s. I didn’t consider my health at all and didn’t consider the long-term impacts my party life could have.
Becoming a mama was also the most shocking experience of my life. After the birth of my daughter I realized the enormity of having to care for a helpless, little human. My sleep and my freedom were gone. I look back now and realise my hormones were completely out of whack and I was living life like I was constantly moving through fog.
My family wasn’t close by in those days and my husband was travelling a great deal so I felt isolated and trapped. As I had managed with 1 baby though I figured 2 couldn’t be too much harder. But life following the birth of my son, when my daughter had just turned 2 proved to be trickier than I had imagined.
My husband was still away a lot so I struggled through as best as I could. I loved my children more than anything and was determined to do the best job I could for them.
One constant during both my pregnancies and since has been that I don’t feel I need to do things the way THEY say I should!
I have definitely leaned towards doing everything as naturally as I possibly could and for that I am truly thankful.
I was challenged greatly when my son developed a terrible skin rash at 10 months that went on to cover most of his body. The following year was spent visiting every ‘expert’ I could to get to the bottom of the problem. We went from GP’s to pediatricians to pediatric dermatologists to Chinese doctors to integrative doctors to naturopaths to acupuncturists and on and on. While some of them offered some good advice I came to realise that my son wasn’t ‘going to grow out of it’ and that I needed to take matters into my own hands.
And so the research began. I knew in my heart that I could fix his skin problem with food and that’s exactly what I did. I could also let go of some of the guilt I had felt for my past choices being the reason for his skin problems.
I had trained to become a personal trainer and was specializing in training post natal women which I really enjoyed but the way that food had proved so powerful in healing my son led me to go onto studying to become a health coach at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York.
With my knowledge and ongoing learning I am now also healing myself from the issues I have had over the years. I have been diagnosed twice with adrenal fatigue issues so since our recent move to the country, I am slowly starting to balance my hormones and blood sugar, improve my sleep, allow myself downtime to just ‘be’, exercise gently, and nourish my own body with wholefoods and Chinese herbs.
It’s amazing to me how many of us do such a great job at caring for our kids but manage to neglect ourselves. Right now I am working on me and I hope that my journey will help other mamas who may be experiencing similar issues. To keep our families healthy we need to listen to our bodies, minds and hearts and not to what THEY say. Comparison is problematic when we want to build a healthy future for our family as we are all individuals and our needs differ. Knowing we hold the answers to our own good health is key.
I read and explore lots of different topics for healthy mamas and families so please check out my blog page. I’m also going to be covering the changes we make as we transition to our country life. Things could get interesting……..
I love helping mamas make sense of the overload of health information out there. I hope you find something that helps you but if you would like me to explore a certain topic for you, please get in touch on the contact page. I would love to hear from you.
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2016 – Health Coach (Institute of Integrative Nutrition)
2013 – Cert III and IV (Australian Institute of Fitness)
2007-2013 Being a mummy/not sleeping
2001-2007 – Certified Party Girl (Anywhere)
1999 – Bachelor of Arts (Psychology – University of Queensland