Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Lisa Taylor
Organic, intermittent fasting, plant based, paleo, gluten free, dairy free, keto, vegan, the list of trendy health fads goes on, and on, and on. It can all be so confusing can’t it? The truth is, we’re all different so what works for one person may not work for you. It’s called bioindividuality and it’s 100% my philosophy when it comes to teaching my clients how to eat and live well.
My name is Lisa and I am an Integrative Nutrition health coach, helping clients live their best lives in an effort to avoid or manage chronic, preventative disease. Three years ago, my autoimmune disease Alopecia Areata stole my hair from me and changed my life forever. Today, I’m healthier than ever (with a full head of hair) and I’m more in control of and at peace with my body, than I ever imagined possible – all while living with autoimmune disease. The almost total hair loss I experienced was the wakeup call I needed to start listening to what my body was telling me. Sadly, this is often the case in our go, go, go society – where most of us barely listen to our loved ones, let alone our own bodies.
I used to get home from work everyday looking 5 months pregnant. I’d shrug it off thinking I ate too much and get on with my day. I was covered in itchy, inflamed psoriasis patches. My sleep was crap, I struggled with chronic constipation, my body ached and I had zero energy most of the time. I ploughed through life feeling generally crappy; assuming everyone else my age (early 30’s at the time) just felt the same way. I had no idea I was suffering from an extremely common condition called leaky gut and that the gene that would turn on my autoimmune disease Alopecia was already flickering, at risk of bursting into flames at any moment.
For those who don't know, leaky gut is a condition where the gut becomes permeable (or gets tiny holes in it); a result of factors like poor diet, environmental toxins, medications and stress. This allows food particles and other toxins to leak into your bloodstream, eliciting a response in your immune system in attempt to fight off the foreign invaders. But if leaky gut persists, the immune system goes into overdrive and this eventually leads to chronic inflammation. Sadly for many like me, this can mean the start of chronic preventative disease such as autoimmune disease, cancer, heart disease or diabetes, all of which share inflammation as a root cause.
Since there are many factors that contribute to leaky gut, most of which are a by-product of our modern society, it’s actually pretty difficult to avoid. This is why my first piece of advice to my clients is to learn to listen to your body. Common symptoms that are seemingly harmless could mean the start of something much worse. In fact, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, joint pain, eczema, psoriasis, poor sleep, lack of concentration, brain fog, moodiness and intense cravings, can all be considered warning signs of leaky gut that should not be ignored. Chances are, you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of these symptoms regularly, am I right?
The good news is, the gut is fully regenerative and can be restored to its original condition if given a chance, through the introduction of good food and stress reducing lifestyle change. This is the approach taken in my coaching practice and the transformation that my clients experience when they heal their gut is truly incredible. I’ve witnessed15-20 lbs. weight loss in as little as 15 days, increased energy and mental clarity, clear, glowing skin, psoriasis and eczema (even intense cases) cleared up within days, reduced joint and muscle pain (an arthritic client went from 34 to 4 inflamed joints), improved sleep and moods, reduced cravings, and most important, a newfound skill in knowing how to listen to your body and give it what it needs to thrive. Understanding your unique body’s inflammatory triggers and how to eat and act to promote optimal health is the strongest asset you can have in the defense against preventative chronic disease.
This is why all of my coaching services are designed to cultivate that skillset in my clients. Click the links below to learn more about my services.
- 3-month Gut Reboot Coaching Program: Healing your life begins with healing your gut
- 6-month Immune Reboot Coaching Program: Discover your best life with autoimmune disease
- Guided Grocery Shopping: Navigate shopping for a healthier lifestyle with confidence
- Kitchen or Bathroom Vanity Makeovers: I help you uncover harmful products in your home and recommend safer, healthier alternatives
- Bowl Prep Academy: Learn to meal prep like a pro and eat healthy throughout your busy week
Not being in control of your body is a scary feeling; one that those with preventative inflammatory disease know all too well. It’s my mission to inform people that it doesn’t need to get to this point! It’s called preventative disease for a reason and the choices we make on a daily basis have a direct impact on whether or not we develop one (only a mere 5% is up to your genetics.) There are simple actions you can take to protect yourself but it begins by tuning into your body. How do you feel? Scan your body mindfully from head to toe. Take note of what you observe. The truth is, our bodies are incredible machines that will heal themselves if given the chance. My full head of hair is proof that if you give your body what it needs, it will perform the way it’s meant to. This is my goal as an Integrative Nutrition health coach: to teach my clients how to thrive, by bringing balance back to their bodies through good and healthy lifestyle choices.