I guess you could say that I've had a pretty complicated health journey...
Anorexia nervosa. Binge eating disorder. Orthorexia. Depression. Anxiety. Panic attacks. Debilitating fatigue. Insomnia. Hormonal imbalances resulting in cystic acne, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), absent/irregular menstrual cycles, and painful periods. Debilitating digestive symptoms which often stopped me from leaving the house and limited me to a diet of less than ten non-reactive foods. You get the picture - I’ve been a mess! Did I mention all of this occurred within a decade?
I desperately wanted to get well, and spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to do so. I saw a myriad of specialist doctors and alternative health practitioners, followed several restrictive diet protocols and took a ridiculous number of supplements, all the while trying to figure things out for myself through podcasts, online courses, health books, medical textbooks, and more. Needless to say I tried everything.
The breaking point came for me in 2020. I'd been searching for answers for so long, yet nothing had worked. I couldn’t understand why my body wasn't functioning properly, and I had lost hope that I'd ever find a cure.
As I lay in bed one night, crying myself to sleep yet again, I had reached the end of my rope. I was exhausted from trying to find answers and then it hit me: the desire to ‘fix myself’ had become a source of stress in my life; an unhealthy obsession which consumed my every waking thought, finances and time, which only made matters worse. I recognised that my body was stuck in fight-or-flight mode (aka the stress response), and it was impacting every area of my body - from imbalanced neurotransmitters and hormones, to systemic inflammation, disrupted sleep, chronic digestive symptoms, and organ dysfunction.
So I changed my approach, and began exploring (with curiosity) what exactly ‘stress’ was. I discovered that it’s so much more than emotional tension, and learned that my body wasn’t malfunctioning - it was actually responding in a completely functional way to the environment I had put it in! As a result, I developed a newfound appreciation for the human body, as well as a passion for the topic or field I now specialise in: HPA Axis Dysfunction. My desire is to educate others on what stress is, how it affects the human body, and equip them with strategies to help manage it so that they can achieve optimal health.
Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist (Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics - Honours)
Certified Natural Health Coach (Foundational Diploma in Natural Health)
Member of Dietitians Association Australia (DAA)