It has been quite awhile since you’ve heard from me, and I thought it was about time you did! I’ve shared a little bit over the years about some of my health issues, mainly a lot of deficiencies, and what I’ve been doing to try and heal my body! I struggle with leaky gut, iron and multiple vitamin deficiencies, and super low blood sugar. I went through a 6 month holistic treatment plan a few years back in utah with Red River Wellness and we discovered a ton about my body. I am fortunate that my body is still very functional because I do understand things could be much worse! I was done with feeling tired all the time, depressed, and struggling with weight gain. The plan worked well and we took a lot of time with special dieting, supplements, and blood tests to get most of the issues resolved. But a year later I had my blood checked again and it was dangerously close to the same as before my treatments.
Honestly I was at a loss. I was so sick of eating the same type of food daily, swallowing a bunch of vitamins, and dealing with fatigue. As a dancer I was really sick of dealing with the yo-yoing of my weight and you can imagine the stress I put on myself to loose it. My body just couldn’t regulate itself well enough to function properly. Granted I am not perfect. I eat sugar (too much of it) and other processed foods that I really should stay away from, but overall I take pretty good care of myself and I shouldn’t have been feeling this badly. I knew something was missing.
January of this year rolled around and I decided (like everyone else) to participate in a 30 detox challenge. I reached out to a friend who is a certified nutritionist, health coach, personal trainer, and phenomenal dancer for her Transform 30 program. I thought it was just another “whole 30” type of a plan. Turns out it was better and easier in my opinion. 30 days of no dairy or gluten. I’m intolerant to both so that’s something I could do! She also introduced me to Juice Plus. I was skeptical at first because I was already swallowing way too many vitamins and here is what I learned.
Juice Plus+ is whole food based nutrition, including juice powder concentrates from 30 different fruits, vegetables and grains. Juice Plus+ helps bridge the gap between what you should eat and what you do eat every day. Not a multivitamin, medicine, treatment or cure for any disease, Juice Plus+ is made from quality ingredients carefully monitored from farm to capsule to provide natural nutrients your body needs to be at its best.
I was up for the 30 day challenge and to give the capsules a shot. Two weeks in I could already feel the difference. No longer did I have to take a break in my pilates class and my energy levels were great! I definitely don’t eat 30 different fruits and vegetables a day and that’s really what I needed. My body was craving the nutrients it wasn’t getting and i’m feeling so much better. Of course its no substitute for clean eating but it helps me bridge the gap I also love how my skin glows and my weight is finally at a normal spot Isn’t it crazy how when we feed our bodies right they just work?!
I hesitated sharing my story because I can’t count the countless products people throw at my face. But I felt selfish in keeping the knowledge I now have to myself. I want to help the next generation of dancers take care of their bodies the way I didn’t. This generation of athletes is training harder than ever and they need the nutrition to support it. I want to be a voice of health and body love, not stress and weight management.
If you have any questions comment below! I’d be happy to share my experiences!