I’m Ashley. This is my story.
Most people aren’t appreciative of their health until they lose it. This was definitely the case for me. The summer of 2008, I was twenty something, living life the way many people do who have just graduated from college and joined the corporate world.
Eating lots of prepackaged frozen dinners (hey, they were called ‘Lean Cuisines’), and fast food, exercising a few times a week, and going out with friends on the weekends (hello, happy hour). Life was good.
Then things changed. I started to notice I wasn’t feeling well. I started having digestive issues, nausea, fatigue and other “unpleasant” symptoms (use your imagination). I went to the doctor and after several appointments and tests, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.
For those who don’t know, Crohn’s Disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects your small intestines. Once the diagnosis came, I was put on different medications to counter the inflammation. Those worked, but only temporarily. After months of stomach pains and significant weight loss, my doctor said it was time for surgery to remove the diseased portion of my intestines.
After months of recovery, I felt better, but I was still dealing with daily pains every time I ate. It was mentally and emotionally exhausting.
After becoming fed up with my health and the failures of western medicine, I began researching natural methods of healing from disease. And I discovered that health had everything to do with nutrition and lifestyle.
I cut out ninety percent of processed foods, and replaced them with whole foods, including lots of fruits and vegetables. I also cut out meat and dairy. My health significantly started to improve, and although I still have bad days, I know that this diet has worked a miracle in my life.
Through these last few years of my life, I have discovered the power of nutrition and lifestyle in healing disease. In 2011, I decided to return to school to pursue a degree in Dietetics. I can’t wait to be able to share my knowledge and experience with others.