Connie is a breath of fresh air in the realm of health coaches and healing. Her charm is in her direct and humble nature and her willingness to share her journey from the heart.
She shares her path from diagnosis to healing and offers tips and insights for how you can find your way from the store to the pantry to the kitchen to reclaiming your health and vitality after being diagnosed with gluten intolerances or food allergies.
I love her heart and generous nature. And hope to visit her one day soon in Austin!
Welcome to the Shift Series, Connie.
With love and gratitude,
Lindsay and Connie talk about Gluten Intolerance and Food Sensitivities and Allergies – Where to begin?
Tell us a little about yourself
I coach people who are newly diagnosed with gluten intolerance and/or food allergies, or if someone is told to go on a gluten free diet. I guide them on getting started on the path living gluten and allergen free, including all the little intricate details that will keep a person sick for years; emotional state of mind related to gluten intolerance & food allergies; managing social situations; how to eat out, avoid contamination; and managing relationships. I have been here and down it so I know how it can be confusion, overwhelming and frustrating. I am here to guide them from my own experience and knowledge.
What is your philosophy on healing or overcoming health challenges. It takes time, work and commitment. You might have no idea that being bloated or depressed could be your bodies way of telling you that something is not working right. . It takes working on the physical, emotional and mindset to get you completely healthy. Working on one and not on the others wont get you completely healthy.
How have you used adversity in your life to fuel your commitment to balance and wellness?
I think that I have been celiac all my life. I just didn’t know anything about this because it wasn’t spoken about. I know about the frustration, overwhelm, confusion and loneliness first hand. Its taken me 6yrs to get completely healthy. I did tons of research on the internet and I had to find a doctor who knew about gluten intolerance and food allergies. I struggled to find Dr. Osborne and learn what I needed to do. I had to take control of my health or I wouldn’t get better. I learned the ends and outs of eating, shopping, reading labels, emotions, relationships and socializing.. How to do it all differently and be a stand for my health. Show others you can do it and the food taste great and how to make it simple for yourself. I knew I wanted to help others when they find out they are gluten intolerance and have food allergies. I know this stuff inside and out and I want to contribute to others and have a business I love. It took me 6 yrs to get completely healthy because of my research and finding the right doctor.
How do you stay healthy, resilient and vibrant?
I workout everyday doing weights, yoga, burst training, hiking, biking anything that gest my body moving. I mediate everyday. I eat organic vegetables and fruit. I eat grassfed meat and pastured eggs and chickens. I make it a point to do things at my pace and don’t get overwhelmed or get frustrated with me or anyone else. I spend time with people that accept me as I am and keep meeting people that have my common interests around traveling, health and what to have fun and live life. I don’t eat grains as this is the only way I got healthy not eating gluten free packaged goods. I listen to my body it will communicate to you if something isn’t working for it. Shifting my mindset so for me it’s the universe and looking at every experience is a way I can learn and when you look at everything positive things show up like that.
What tips do you recommend for your clients dealing with / healing from illness?
I don’t tell them to do the traditional gluten free diet. I tell them to cut out all grains, dairy and what their doctor told them they where allergic too. Believing that you will get healthy again and being committed to that goal no matter what. They have to be committed to their health and taking control of their body and not listening to what everyone thinks they should do. Eat healthy ( I recommend organic fruit & vegetables, grass fed meat , pastured eggs and chicken ) Its an investment in your health to buy these type of food. Exercise is a must. Start small and don’t over do it. Believe in yourself and that you are worth it. Be self expressed and do the things that you love doing. Its your health and you are in charge. I also tell them its more than taking out the food .
If there was only one thing a person could find the energy and resources to make a priority what would it be?
Take out the food that is making you sick.
What is your favorite inspirational quote for healing?
I cant say my favorite quotes are just about healing. I think everyone has something that rings true for them.
“Food is just taste and texture” by Woody Harrelson. He is really into health and sustainable which are interconnected for me.
“It’s more than just taking the food out” by Gluten and Food Allergy Specialist.
Connie is a gluten intolerance and food allergy coach. She works with people newly diagnosed with food sensitivities; or told to go on a gluten free diet. She guides them on getting started on the path living gluten and allergen free; She takes them from surviving to thriving effortlessly to health and vibrance. Her website is: http://www.glutenandfoodallergyspecialist.com/