Hi I’m Michelle. Maybe you’ve seen me at the studio. You likely know my daughter as Miss Caroline and may recognize my son Will who was a member of the Welcome Crew, studied jiu jitsu, and designed some excellent stickers and social media posts before moving to California to study graphic design. You’ve likely seen me at the front desk or spoken with me on the phone as I am a member of EvolveAll’s Welcome Crew.
I have been studying food’s effect on health for a few decades. I was prompted to study by a desire to help myself and others overcome health issues that medicine could not cure. In 2017, I attended IIN (The Institute for Integrative Nutrition) where I studied over 100 dietary theories with leading experts in the field and earned the title Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. The program confirmed much of what I already knew and inspired me to dig deeper to understand nutrition as more that just the food we eat.
I am hoping to create blog entries to share what I have learned. My goal is to create a resource to help you answer your own questions about health. I have gathered a good amount of information about how lifestyle choices impact our wellbeing and I want to share it with you. I’ll start with food, because that’s where I started. I will try to give a quick summary of what I know about a given issue and provide resources for you to learn more if you want to.
First a little more about my journey:
Over 30 years ago I was introduced to the possibility that I could be healthier if I ate better. Specifically if I ate less sugar. I was eating candy and drinking sugary drinks every day. I rarely drank water. I was sick all the time. Headaches, colds, strep, chronic sinusitis. My doctor told me there was no evidence to support the claim that sugar could be the root of my issues. I went searching for information and very little was available. Eventually I decided to do my own experiment, after all what could it hurt? So I quit sugar and before long my health improved. Happy with the results, I kept it up until I didn’t. For almost two decades I had an on again-off again relationship with sugar. I thought something was wrong with me, everyone else seemed fine eating whatever they wanted. Until finally the world caught up and the evidence supported the claim that sugar wreaks havoc on the body. We’ll talk more about this soon.
In the mean time, I had a child and he had some health issues. First of which was severe atopic dermatitis. We saw many doctors. They had no answers. A dermatologist suggested I pay close attention to the foods we were eating and the journey began. There was very little information available and avoiding food allergens was particularly difficult. So we did the first of many elimination diets and I started researching. I became a label reader. We conducted our own experiments. I’ve continued to research and experiment ever since. So when I attended IIN almost 20 years later and was told the best science experiments were the ones we conduct in the laboratory of our own body, I knew exactly what that meant.
So over the years when health issues arise in me, a loved one, or an acquaintance, I start digging. I go to the books. I go to the web. I go to the experts. I’ve learned a lot and I want to share what I know.
I’ve looked into many health issues over the years to answer questions for myself, my children, my spouse, my parents, my friends. Here are some of the concepts I’ve explored:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
severe food sensitivities
auto immune conditions
celiac and non-celiac gluten intolerance
I’m convinced the foods we eat have a huge impact on our health. While I do not believe there is a one size fits all Perfect Diet that every human should follow, I do believe there are some basic principals that people of all ages can benefit from. I also believe there are nutritional solutions for many health problems. I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned and helping you find solutions. Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, send me your questions.