Connie is a breath of fresh air in the realm of health coaches and healing. Her charm is in her direct and humble nature and her willingness to share her journey from the heart.
She shares her path from diagnosis to healing and offers tips and insights for how you can find your way from the store to the pantry to the kitchen to reclaiming your health and vitality after being diagnosed with gluten intolerances or food allergies.
I love her heart and generous nature. And hope to visit her one day soon in Austin!
Welcome to the Shift Series, Connie.
With love and gratitude,
Lindsay and Connie talk about Gluten Intolerance and Food Sensitivities and Allergies – Where to begin?
Tell us a little about yourself
I coach people who are newly diagnosed with gluten intolerance and/or food allergies, or if someone is told to go on a gluten free diet. I guide them on getting started on the path living gluten and allergen free, including all the little intricate details that will keep a person sick for years; emotional state of mind related to gluten intolerance & food allergies; managing social situations; how to eat out, avoid contamination; and managing relationships. I have been here and down it so I know how it can be confusion, overwhelming and frustrating. I am here to guide them from my own experience and knowledge.
Tell us about your path to creating your business and your vision
After my husband figured out that I was gluten intolerant and spending tons of hours doing research and finally the right doctor. I become know as the gluten intolerance and food allergy expert with my friends and they referred people to me and then people started finding me on the Internet. I wanted to start a business but didn’t know around what. My husband said get paid for what you’re an expert in. I love helping people around food sensitives so it was no brainer. I know things that doctors don’t even know. I have been there and done it. I saw something missing when people have to switch a lifestyle. They think it’s taking out the food and it involves much more. I can guide them in switching their lifestyle. I have all this knowledge and experience when I started this journey in 2008. I want people to not make mistakes that I can help them avoid, know what they need to do and not depend on others. I am a stand that people know that life is amazing and its not about just what you eat.. You can enjoy life no matter how you eat.
Tell us a little about yourself and your philosophy on wellness:
I believe it take time, work and commitment to take care of yourself and you have to do that so you can help take care of others. Live life and enjoy. Mindset is big too. You have to believe that you will get well this can make as big as difference as the physical part.
What was the catalyst in your life to fuel your commitment to wellness?
I was sick a lot as a child. Allergies, colds and pneumonia. I had stomach aches a lot. Then over the years the bloating, gaining weight and having no energy. I started to feel miserable and crappy all the time. I had no idea why. I thought it was stress and being at a job that I hated. I just never felt good anymore and I didn’t want to go out and do the things that I loved doing or meeting people. I didn’t want to do anything and that wasn’t me. I wanted to sleep all the time and not do anything because I had nausea , headaches and was cold all the time. My hubby was my boyfriend at the time figured out I was gluten intolerant because he had a friend that was. Through 6 yrs of research, finally finding a doctor who understood . I got well. I took steps to take more than the food out like chemicals, pesticides in everything.. detoxing and getting back to exercising again. It took time and commitment and it was lonely at times. I was confused and overwhelmed with all the information on line. Then friends were coming to me or sending people to me because I knew all about gluten and food allergies. I wanted to start a business to help people and I knew this stuff and how to coach. I said this is what I am here to do.
How do you stay healthy, resilient and vibrant?
I eat healthy, avoiding all grains (all grains contain gluten) dairy, GMOs, stick to organic foods. I eat paleo. I keep the meat to 20% of my diet.I exercise, some kind of movement, regularly. I love yoga, dance, walking on the beach, biking, hiking. & baking. We make everything. I don’t use anything that has chemicals or toxins in my personal products. I make sure I take care of me so the environment becomes more healthy and so do I.. I tell people to value your loved ones and experiences..
If there was only one thing a person could find the energy and resources to make a priority what would it be?
What is your favorite inspirational quote for wellness / awesomeness / thrival?
A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
Connie is a gluten intolerance and food allergy coach. She works with people newly diagnosed with food sensitivities; or told to go on a gluten free diet. She guides them on getting started on the path living gluten and allergen free; She takes them from surviving to thriving effortlessly to health and vibrance. Her website is: http://www.glutenandfoodallergyspecialist.com/