Hey there! I’m Kaylee, an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach in training who loves all things health and wellness. My hobbies include cooking, baking, spending time in nature, doing yoga, eating chocolate, and helping others. I want to help YOU live your best life by guiding you through the tools I learned throughout my health journey. I help my clients tune into their bodies, nail down their nutrition, and reframe their mindset so that they can live their happiest, healthiest lives.
How My Journey Began
My love for health, wellness, and nutrition didn’t pop up out of nowhere. My life changed quite dramatically as I went from a highly competitive gymnast to someone who could barely get out of bed. My journey started with debilitating digestive issues, fatigue, night sweats, insomnia, joint pain, and severe weight loss.
Due to the severe state that I was in, I gave up my dream of going to the Olympics, meanwhile, my list of symptoms continued to grow. I was put through the wringer and, quite frankly, traumatized by the conventional medical system. I went from doctor to doctor, doing test after test, trying medication after medication to get to the bottom of this list of symptoms that kept increasing and worsening just to have almost every doctor tell me it was all in my head, give me some kind of medication to cover up my symptoms, and then send me on my way.
Finding the Root Cause
However, my frustration turned into passion as I researched endlessly what was at the root of this mysterious illness that felt like it was turning my life upside down. I began to explore the alternative medicine world and dove into natural healing methods. I listened to podcasts and free online submits, did online research, and read books like it was my job. I began to use food as medicine and tried countless different “healing diets.” Through my experiments, I discovered nutrition to be one of the key foundational tools to healing chronic illness, or any kind of disease. However, although nutrition greatly improved my symptoms, it wasn’t the end all be all as I still couldn’t get down to the root of what was causing my to feel so awful despite my clean diet.
After exploring both conventional and alternative medicine, I had compiled a laundry list of different diagnoses, some of which include: Celiac disease, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), failure to thrive, a rare genetic disorder, growth hormone insufficiency, hypothyroidism, hormone imbalances, depression/anxiety, leaky gut, parasites, gastroparesis, candida, Lyme disease, mold toxicity, CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome), MCAS (mast cell activation syndrome), and more. It wasn’t until I finally discovered the Lyme disease and mold toxicity that the way I approached healing changed. Despite thinking I was addressing the root cause of the other diagnoses I received, what I didn’t realize is that those diagnoses were being masked as symptoms, rather than the true root cause. I learned that you can attempt to treat the symptoms (or “supposed” diagnoses) all you want, but it’s not until you address the root cause that you will begin to make headway.
After discovering the root cause of my illness, it finally became clear to me what really makes a difference when it comes to healing—knowing the true cause of dysfunction, nutrition, and mindset. Once I addressed these areas together, my health dramatically started to improve, and I was able to actually start the appropriate treatment. However, had it not been for the nutrition and mindset changes I made, I can’t say that I would be where I am today.
Where I am Today
My love and passion for health, wellness, and nutrition continues to grow stronger every day as I see myself healing and getting back to my normal happy-go-lucky, energetic self. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and I don’t doubt that I was destined to go through every single twist and turn I went through so that I could gain the knowledge and experience to help others reach their health goals, thrive throughout all areas of life, and love every moment on this beautiful earth.
Finally seeing myself make progress in my healing journey is what inspired me to take a leap of faith and enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I am passionately committed to helping others find similar breakthroughs along their health journeys and offer support and love throughout the way. The human body is amazing, and if we give it half a chance—through nutrition and mindset— it will heal itself.
Connect with Me!
If you enjoy discovering and utilizing the different benefits of whole, nutritious food as much as I do and/or are looking for some fun, healthy recipes, follow me on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook! I’d love to hear your comments on my recipes or tips, what you did or didn’t like, or what worked for you and what didn’t. We’re in this together and we can all learn from each other. Don’t ever hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns, or just for fun 🙂 If you’re not on social media, feel free to email me, too!
In the meantime, stay strong, stay positive, and be yourself. You were given this life for a reason, so embrace it!