Accredited Clinical Nutritionist BHSc (NutMed), Bachelor of Business (BBus)
My Journey from trusting my gut to healing my gut
I DECIDED ENOUGH WAS ENOUGH!
I DECIDED TO STOP BEING TOLD, “NOTHING COULD BE DONE”, “THAT NOTHING WAS WRONG WITH ME”, “YOUR GUT PROBLEMS ARE ALL IN YOUR HEAD”.
I DECIDED TO STOP ALLOWING MY POOR GUT HEALTH TO CONTROL MY SOCIAL LIFE, MY MENTAL HEALTH, PHYSICAL HEALTH AND MY ENTIRE LIFE!
I DECIDED TO TAKE ACTION & TAKE STEPS TOWARDS HEALING!
I was sitting in my office job, in front of my computer, surrounded by Nutritionist and Naturopaths who were developing healing food products and helping to heal the guts of our customers.
Yet, there I was, sitting there, suffering in silence with my own gut health issues.
I wasn’t unhealthy, in fact, by general population definition I was as healthy as they come.
I ate all of the foods I was ‘supposed to’, all of the ones I was taught were healthy for me. But my gut certainly wasn’t.
I WAS LIVING IN A NIGHTMARE
Of pain, discomfort, smelly embarrassing gas, brain fog, unusual toilet experiences, low mood, fatigue and more.
And I continued to be told that there was nothing wrong with me. That there was nothing to be done. That it was all in my head.
But I knew there was more to it.
I sat day in, day out trying to absorb some of the Nutritionists and Naturopaths valuable wisdom and beautiful knowledge. To try and help myself through these issues.
THEN! It came to me. I told myself, “you love to help others, you love food, you believe in what they do here, you have seen REAL results! You want to get your own life back!”
THAT’S WHEN I DECIDED TO TAKE THE JOURNEY AND LEARN ALL THERE WAS TO KNOW ABOUT FOOD, NUTRITION & GUT HEALTH.
I WANTED TO LIVE & BREATH MY PASSION FOR HELPING, HEALING & HEALTH.
I wanted to one of ‘them’ (Nutritionist or Naturopath). They were healthy, happy and healing, everything I wanted to be and do!
So, I DID IT! I wasn’t prepared to let life pass by, living with pain, discomfort and the mundane. I WAS PUT ON THIS EARTH TO TRULLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE, TO CHANGE LIVES. To change my own life!
I enrolled into my course, horrified at the expense. Not only the cost of the degree, but also the many years of my life I would have to dedicate!
THE CONTEMPLATION WAS REAL! A 3 year degree and all of that student loan debt?!
But my calling was there and I made a decision FOR ME and the people I knew I needed to help. To make the impact I wanted to make in the world, I needed to get skilled!
A Health Science degree was PETREFYING!
THROUGHOUT THIS TIME I WAS DETERMINED THAT IN ORDER TO HELP OTHERS, I NEEDED TO GET MY OWN HEALTH IN ORDER SO THAT I COULD SHARE MY EXPERIENCE AND STORY.
I studied and worked, worked and studied while remaining well ingrained in the health industry through work and social circles. As I went along in the degree and learnt more and more about the science of the body, science of food and how food was used as medicine, nutrients, the pharmacology of it all and as I processed through supervised clinical experience, I applied, with gripping determination, diligence and commitment, my learnings for MY OWN GUT HEALTH.
With each new learned piece of information, in each subject, I began to see very real and positive changes happening to my gut health –
THE RELIEF! FINALLY, SOMETHING THAT WAS WORKING!
I played around with eliminating foods that were shown to be troublemakers for people like me. Some helped, some didn’t but as I went through this process, I found the foods causing me issues and my bloating significantly reduced.
I uncovered the imbalances in my gut in regards to the bacteria and was able to correct it with the new strategies I was learning.
I embodied all of the programs and protocols and identified the causes to all of the pain and discomfort I’d found my self in for years before.
I became familiar with foods that were reacting at a cellular level with my body causing mayhem in my tummy.
I used healing foods and nutrients that fit with my body to begin the healing process.
My gas began to become less frequent, less PUNGENT and was able to be relieved with a good toilet stop.
Never before in my gut health journey had a poop felt so rewarding!
IT WASN’T EASY, IT TOOK TIME, COMMITMENT AND AN UNDERSTANDING OF UNIQUE DIFFERENCES IN MY BODY.
I REALISED, THERE WAS NOT A ONE SIZE FITS ALL, QUICK FIX APPROACH TO HEALTH.
I also realised where I had been going wrong all of these years. Why the things I had tried in the past just hadn’t worked.
How there was so much misinformation out there and some of the things I thought I was doing right were actually some of the biggest contributors to my issues.
By the end of my degree, I was living healthier, happier and I had truly helped others that I had supported through their gut health journey in the student clinic that I practiced in. This was my calling.
On a deeper personal level, I WAS ABLE TO FREELY AND WITHOUT FEAR GO ON DATES WITH CONFIDENCE,
EAT OUT WITHOUT THE DREAD OF EMBARRASSMENT AND BOUNCE AROUND IN THE GYM CLASSES I ONCE LOVED.
When reflecting on my experience and how far I had come. I cried with relief. All of the wonderful experiences I missed out on, ones I never thought would be enjoyable again, I could live, it was my reality!
From uni, I drew on my past Business Degree, experience working with those original inspiring Nutritionists and Naturopaths, developing healthfood products and helping people live to their ‘true potential’ to get ‘more out of life’.
I launched whole heartedly into Beta Me Nutrition ready TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO CLIENTS WHO ARE AS READY, MOTIVATED, DEDICATED & DETERMINED AS I ONCE WAS WHEN IN THEIR SHOES.
To share my knowledge, experience & expertise so that they can experience a new lease on life without having to undertake the 3 years of study, extensive experience and the outlay for an entire degree.
Now as I reflect, I think back on:
- The life changing results of my clients.
- The lives and bodies I’ve impacted.
- The sparkle in my clients eyes when they share with me that they life has profoundly improved.
- How good it feels for me when they have success.
- The great dedication my clients have to their health and life
- How proud and excited I am as their Nutritionist to see them shine and continue to shine
I KNOW I MADE THE RIGHT DECISION.
EVERY MOMENT OF PAIN HAS BEEN WORTH IT!
Life is all about taking risks and INVESTING IN YOU!
I INVESTED IN ME BOTH PHYSICALLY & MENTALLY & I WON!
I get to be happy and healthy.
I get to help people who are living with what I had been through and make a difference in peoples lives.
I get to wake up in the morning, hit the gym unconcerned about what noises or unwelcomed smells my bowels may make.
I get to go out for meals with friends and not have to worry about the discomfort of knowing exactly where the closest toilet is to make a break for if I even look at the wrong food!
I get to go out, looking and feeling fabulous without worrying about bloating out like a balloon!
EATING IS NO LONGER A FEAR OR DRAG, IT IS ENJOYABLE, SOCIAL & NOURISHING.
So, if you’re someone who is in the thick of it.
FINDING YOURSELF ISOLATING YOURSELF, AVOIDING FOOD & SOCIAL EVENTS, STUCK & AT THE MERCY OF YOUR ALL-IMPORTANT GUT,
Know that there is a way through.
Know that there are people out there who have the knowledge and information you need in order to succeed and live a better life.
YOU’RE NOT ALONE!
I’ve been there, I’m hear for you now, I’m here to listen, to share my experience and knowledge, advice and support with you.
All you need to do to start is to COMMIT TO YOU.
COMMIT TO THE LIFE YOU HAVE TO HAVE.
Danielle’s Qualifications & Associations
Accredited Clinical Nutritionist – Bachelor of Health Science (NutMed),
Bachelor of Business (BBus)
Australian Natural Therapies Association (ANTA)
Complementary Medicines Practitioners Association Council (CMPAC)
Australian National Register of Accredited Natural Therapists (ANRANT)