This is the story of Kaitlin. We’re honored to have her share her story with us today. Her experience is confirmation that there is truly nothing more important in health than understanding what YOUR body needs, because your body is unique, unlike any other. When you understand the connection between food and how your body responds, you can change the trajectory of your health. Kaitlin is proof of that. – Megan Morris
My journey began on vacation in the Fall of 2012. I was experiencing a severe stomach ache when someone offered me a piece of homemade German chocolate cake. The pain was so bad I had to decline. It was the first time that I can ever remember saying no to a piece of cake. Little did I know it would be the first of many “no’s” I would be saying to foods I’d always loved.
After that day, the stomach ache soon turned into bloating, which turned into running to the restroom 6-9 times a day. As if that wasn’t enough my face broke out, my skin condition on my arms and legs was inflamed, I had horrible gas (TMI?), very low energy and erratic mood swings. It got so bad I had to borrow larger sized pants and shirts from my loved ones because mine were no longer fitting. All in all, things sucked.
During that time I was never comfortable in my own skin and not knowing why was eating away at my spirit. The worst part was no one could see it but I could feel it. When people would say, “I don’t notice anything, you look great,” I started to think, am I just losing my mind? I always prided myself on eating right and exercising so why was this happening? Something wasn’t adding up. Lines were so blurred and I was left with constant confusion and wonderment. Why do I look like I am 5 months pregnant? Why could I eat Brussels sprouts without getting sick but not an apple? What happened to my carefree, go-with-the-flow attitude? Wait, did I ever have that? Nothing was clear.
It seemed every doctor’s appointment started out in a similar fashion. I would begin by explaining my history and then somehow found myself justifying my reasons for being there. “Is this actually about you wanting to lose weight?” “Are you sure you fully understand what it means to be gluten-free?” “Are you sure you are in pain, or did you just eat something bad today?” Every appointment brought on more and more confusion, self-doubt and utter frustration. It seemed all my well-meaning doctors would go ahead and order test after test because they were just as curious as I was. I had doctors tell me I needed to just eat less and drink Miralax. Hmm…thank you so much for the advice. The one thing my gut could clearly tell me was that downing a bottle of Miralax was not the answer to my prayers.
I decided it was time I took matters into my own hands. That is when I found myself at Prescribe Nutrition’s door. I worked privately with Megan, and from day one I was ready to do anything she told me to do. I cut it all out. No more processed foods, gluten, dairy or sugar. My mornings went from oatmeal to green smoothies, my snacks went from crackers and cheese to fruit and nuts, and my dinners went from whatever was easy to homemade soup I had made over the weekend. It was a complete lifestyle change but I trusted the process.
After a few months I noticed my symptoms were easing up and my discomfort was going down. Eventually I felt so much better I thought I was finally in the clear and ready to close this horrific chapter. It was not long after, however, that the symptoms began to creep back in. The bloating, the gas, it was all back; I mean how much can a girl take? I took Megan’s advice and was back on the hunt for a medical doctor, but this time a naturopathic specialist. I found my gal. After my first meeting with this doctor I was assured that this could all be fixed. It truly was not in my control after all. I was told to stick to my strict diet Megan put me on and complete some diagnostic tests.
Weeks later I found out I had small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). This basically meant bacteria had completely taken over my body and had been wreaking havoc ever since. After the diagnosis I began a strict treatment plan. In a matter of days I began to see a transformation of my body. The bloating and gas subsided, my skin began to clear, my energy shifted and I no longer felt irritable or the desire to go to bed at 6PM. It wasn’t a magic pill that cured me – it was a combination of food, therapeutic support and understanding my body.
After three LONG years I have found myself on the other side only to have a greater appreciation for my health, the love and support of my family and friends, and a deep passion for nutrition. The power of food is real. If something in your mind and/or body does not feel right, it’s probably because it is not. Seek out the answers, seek out the help, don’t feel ashamed to do so and don’t give up. It wasn’t until I worked with Prescribe Nutrition that I started to see and feel the light at the end of the tunnel. If it wasn’t for the eating plan Megan put me on, I would not have gotten to where I am now.
One of my mom’s first reactions after finding out it was SIBO was, “Does this mean you can eat gluten again?” My initial thought was yes, I probably can, but I have come so far in my diet and have no desire to go back. I am proud of where I am now and looking forward to the future and a happy, and healthy life. I hope by sharing my story I can inspire someone struggling with similar frustrations. I felt very much alone during the earlier part of my journey and if I could reach someone today, feeling that very same way, so they don’t feel alone anymore, then I have done something right.
What a story! We feel so honored to be a part of Kaitlin’s quest for better health!
Is Kaitlin like a lot of our clients & participants? You bet. Some are more complex than others, but remember everyone’s body is different, and our passion is helping them uncover the path to greater healing. Our next chance to dig in is right around the corner. We are anxiously awaiting meeting and greeting the next round of Prescribe 20 participants on June 7th. If finding your best self is something that sounds good to you, let’s do it together. Use the code “thepeople” for an extra special, blog only, discount.