My name is Stephanie, but you can call me Steph. I’m a 24-year-old wife, dog mom, and taco enthusiast. I also love me some Spider-Man, and/or anything Marvel-related, afternoon tea, and collecting books (not a minimalist by any stretch of the imagination).
I’m on a mission to help you break the “stuck” cycle in your health and life. I want you to live a joy-filled life and find freedom through holistic living, sustainable routines, and faith-based community.
Ditch food fears, limiting beliefs, and isolation.
Let’s do this thing called life together.
At 20 years young, I found myself afflicted with a mysterious cough that no doctor could diagnose. Two years, eight doctors, and an endoscopy later, I learned that I had Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease, GERD, and inflammation of my stomach and esophagus.
When I asked my doctor what the steps were moving forward, he told me I would need to be on a Proton Pump Inhibitor indefinitely and this would be my life from now on. There was nothing else we could try or that he would do for me.
At 22, I refused to accept being on medication for the rest of my life. Since there was nothing else medical “experts” could do to help me, I began looking for a holistic specialist who might be able to help.
I found one who told me I had Leaky Gut, or Intestinal Permeability, and he helped me to begin making the necessary diet and lifestyle changes to get my health and life back. I followed his advice for about 1 month before stubbornly returning to a Standard American Diet and high-stress lifestyle.
It wasn’t long after that I developed SIBO, or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. I felt like a person who got handed a defective body. I wanted to give it back. I spent most of my days bed-ridden, anxious, and running to the bathroom. It was when my health completely crapped out on me that I began to take it seriously.
Today, I have a wonderful health team that empowers me to make the best decisions for me. I’ve discovered what some of those underlying causes of my illnesses are (and I’m still actively working on them). And by the grace of God, my symptoms have improved tenfold. I feel like I have a life I’m excited about again.
Look, I’m not a big wig, fancy Registered Dietician or ND.
I’m just a girl who has been where you are at.
The debilitating fatigue that makes your eyes glaze over at your desk. The panic attack that feels like a seizure. Excusing yourself to puke in the work bathroom. THE BLOAT. Goodness gracious, the third-trimester pregnancy bloat. It’s enough to make anyone want to give up.
But guess what? This doesn’t have to be your life. Whether you struggle with autoimmune disease, IBS, hormone issues, or even with being unproductive and not living the life you’d like to, you can have your own success story. It’s not a far-off dream and your body isn’t defective. You CAN feel better and live the life you want to.
It is my constant prayer that this blog will equip you to do just this. I’ll gladly share things like health updates, expert interviews, gut-friendly recipes, and how I’ve been able to find symptom relief. But this website is also my brainchild and a huge part of me. So, it’ll also be a space where I can share things like my life with you, my faith in the person of Christ, practical ways I stay productive and supplement income from home, and all things natural and holistic living.
In other words, this is a lifestyle blog that’s a big mixing bowl of all sorts of goodness that will hopefully encourage you to lead a healthier and happier lifestyle. I am so happy you’re here. I hope that you wouldn’t just consume content, but that we could actually do life together and talk about all the things.
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