Who are you?
My name is Vivian and I’m here to share my love of holistic nutrition, nontoxic beauty products, and wellness.
I am a holistic nutrition student at Bauman College in Berkeley, CA. I am also a corporate accountant.
How did you get here?
In 2013, I became very ill with an intestinal pathogenic infection, Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO), hormone imbalance, adrenal fatigue, and histamine intolerance. When it began, I had no idea what was happening to my health. I had always been a health nut. I exercised daily, I was aware of what I ate, and I liked living a healthy lifestyle. It didn’t add up. At that time, I had many seemingly unrelated symptoms–insomnia, shortness of breath, dizziness, exercise induced hives, chest pain, fatigue, extreme reactions to foods–just to name a few. After a near fainting spell at work, a few trips to the ER, and seeing a handful of doctors, I could not find any answers as to why I was experiencing these symptoms. Doctors could not explain my pseudo allergies or offer a solution that addressed the root cause.
At the beginning of my journey, no one could help me, so I had to help myself. I frantically combed the web for information on any condition that mirrored my own. I dove into learning about traditional diets and the most nourishing and healing foods which support intestinal healing and reduce inflammation. I began to very carefully manage my symptoms through diet as well as through several lifestyle changes, including detoxifying my beauty and personal care routine. I soon began to find the silver lining to my dark, gloomy, and often scary ordeal–I became passionate about holistic wellness.
What are you here to share?
In my wellness journey, I found the principles of following a Weston A. Price and Paleo diet to be the best approaches in terms of healing and in preventing disease. Eating this way means embracing whole, nutrient-dense foods that reduce inflammation and promote intestinal health. (Why all this talk about intestinal health? All disease begins in the gut. 70% of the cells that make up the body’s immune system are found in the wall of the gut. But more on that later.)
I also found that the process of switching over to nontoxic beauty and personal care products can be overwhelming. I’m here to help you make a smooth transition to green beauty and to show you that this process can be fun.
I also love to be inspired. In addition to healthy recipes, nutrition information, and green beauty product reviews, you can also expect to see quite a few motivational self development articles.
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