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  • Writer's pictureJodi Forestell CHN. NNCP

How My Health Journey Started-I Really Owe it to My Mom.

But first, a tribute to my mom.

We all have a health journey. You're either moving towards health or away from it. This starts the moment you are born...whether you realize it or not. I have always been a bit of a ‘health nut’ and I can thank my mom for that. As a child, I remember being jealous of my friends because they had white bread and we always had whole grain bread. The most ‘fun’ cereal we had was either cheerios or corn flakes. Chips and pop were reserved for a Friday night treat. A green vegetable was at every meal whether we liked it or not, and was consumed before we left the table. Dessert was had at Christmas or Thanksgiving. Now I certainly didn’t grow up feeling deprived or like I was missing out on anything (except maybe the white bread), this was just the way it was.

My mom made our food choices for us and I am grateful for them now.

How my journey started.

In 2017, as I was inching towards my 50th birthday, something shifted in me. Literally shifted. I was not myself. Of course some hormonal changes could have been part of that but I knew it was more and I was determined to find myself again. I didn’t feel physically unwell, this was all mental. Little did I know at the time how deeply the brain, gut and our hormones are ALL very connected.

I finally went to see a Naturopath and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. She really listened to me and heard me. We worked together, and with some tweaks to my lifestyle, diet and supplementation, I came back. It didn’t happen overnight, and it took some time, but I became the person I recognized again without anti-depressants or other medications. I am eternally grateful to her and it solidified my decision to pursue an education in health and wellness so I could help others find their way back too.

In society today, not feeling well has become normalized. We get used to feeling not well or like ourselves. I am here to tell you that this is NOT normal. Those who want to live their best life, feel well and with enough energy to get through their day, make the commitment to make changes so they can live their best life. Some people will have an ‘a-ha’ moment, and some won't. I am forever grateful for my 'a-ha' moment. I am eternally grateful for my mom and the lessons surrounding food she taught me which would eventually form my healthy relationship with food.

Thanks mom.

-love jodi

Eveline-Winter 2021

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