Hi, I’m Jodi. Thanks for welcoming me to the community, I'm so happy to be here. I'm an RN, CDE who has been working in the field of diabetes for the past 11 years. You'll soon find out, I have a little bit of a different approach to diabetes education than most clinicians. I try to work with my members as individuals to help them figure out the root cause of their problem rather than focusing on the symptoms of the problem.
The truth is we are all very different people with different needs so it's important to hear a different perspective sometimes. My intention is not to stir up controversy, but to offer an alternative to some people that may be struggling. Below you will see my story and how my different approach came about. (I also like to tell a lot of personal stories)
The most common question I am asked as a health coach is, “What can I eat?” This is a complex question because there’s no standard answer. Plus, we’re consistently being bombarded with conflicting information about what’s healthy and what isn't. Do we count calories? Carbs? Is it as simple as calories in calories out? Is it low-fat, high-carb, low-carb, high-protein, diabetic diet, or glycemic index? With all of this information, it’s no wonder why we can no longer figure out what to eat.
If you have ever been confused about your diet, let me tell you that I was in the same boat a few years ago. I don’t have diabetes, but I think we all struggle with some kind of confusion or little issues that we deal with and don’t know what’s causing them. I tried every different dietary approach out there. It might have worked for a little while, but I never felt good; there was always something that wasn't right.
I was eating a “healthy” diet (or so I thought), yet I couldn't lose weight. I was tired all the time, I had headaches daily, I was always bloated no matter what I ate and my cholesterol was getting higher.
On top of it all, I’m a health coach! I was teaching others about their health and eating patterns, but I couldn't even figure out how to do it for myself.
That was when I decided to look for answers on my own. I did a lot of reading and research. I eliminated all processed foods, grains, and dairy from my diet and replaced them with whole, clean foods like grass fed meat, seafood, eggs, vegetables, berries, and plenty of good fats.
Within 2 weeks I noticed a huge difference. I lost weight, my digestive issues had disappeared, I had more energy than ever, my headaches were gone, and my mood improved. Within a month, my cholesterol had dropped 30 points!
It turns out I had a sensitivity to gluten and dairy. Once I removed what was toxic to me from my diet, it eliminated most of the health issues I was having. I felt more confident and in control of what my body needed. Who would have thought that after so many years of trying everything (including medications), I was just a few weeks away from feeling good.
My point is that there is no such thing as a one size fits all eating plan. What works for someone else could be toxic to you. Something in your diet could be the cause of some of the health issues that you have been experiencing for so long.
By figuring that out, you could change the entire direction of your health. That’s why I’m so passionate about what I do. The power you gain when you finally “figure it out” is liberating.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”