NICOLE JARDIM, YOUR HEALTH ADVOCATE
I know from my own experience that food choices and lifestyle can have a massive effect on one’s health. As a teenager I tried every diet out there. Remember those banned Fen-Phen pills? Yup, you name it I tried it! I didn’t understand the importance of eating well consistently until I started to suffer the consequences of my actions.
It all started to catch up to me around age 17. Suddenly I wasn’t getting my period regularly anymore — it would make an appearance every three months or so! Oh and when it came, it came with a vengeance! Think nothing-fits-bloating, horrific cramps that kept me in bed for two days, really heavy flow…you get the idea. After a year and half of this madness my doctor decided to put me on the pill. I didn’t know it then, but the pill was only a temporary fix that masked my hormonal imbalance, while creating a whole new set of symptoms.
So while I began to have lighter, easier periods (yay!), I found myself starting to battle chronic yeast and urinary tract infections. A whole bunch of other symptoms started cropping up too — stomach problems, joint pain, chronic colds and a constant feeling that I was not well. I tried all the western medical resources but the doctors I saw had no idea what was wrong with me — all the tests were”normal.” One doctor thought I had Rheumatoid Arthritis while another thought I had Crohn’s disease! I spent thousands of dollars on tests and procedures and got nothing. Can you relate to this frustration?
By then I was 23 and totally over my mystery ailments and the wanna-be diagnoses! A friend in college suggested I see her acupuncturist and since I had nothing to lose I went to see him. Of course he totally rocked my world! During the first session he gave me more answers than any doctor had given me in years! I knew then and there that I was on the right path.
IF I HAD A
TO HELP ME WHEN I WAS 17 YEARS OLD
IT WOULD PROBABLY HAVE CHANGED
THE TRAJECTORY OF MY LIFE
It took me a couple of years to get my health back on track. During that time I discovered Whole Foods, I changed the way I ate, I picked up yoga and tried a bunch of different healing techniques. I also got off the Pill — one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. At the same time, I started to suspect the chemicals in my house were part of the problem so I got rid of the toxic cleaning and personal care products. And it worked. For one thing, I no longer got headaches when I cleaned the bathroom!
In the meantime, I had graduated from university and was working freelance on television commercials and live events. The Video Music Awards, Tiger Woods commercials — all dream jobs, or so I thought. Unfortunately, the entertainment industry is not kind to personal schedules so it wasn’t easy to maintain good eating or exercise habits. After a couple of years it began to take a toll on my body and I knew I had to shake things up.
It took quite some time to figure out exactly what I wanted to do but eventually I found my niche. I took courses on green living, trained to be a yoga instructor and then made it my mission to leave Florida and move to New York City to enroll at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. By then I knew beyond a doubt that helping young women live healthier lives was my mission. After graduating from IIN in 2010 I apprenticed with Alisa Vitti at Flo Living, so that I could learn all about how to heal conditions caused by hormonal imbalances through a natural approach. I knew that if I could help just one woman by sharing my personal struggles then I had succeeded.
I’m now a Certified Women’s Health Coach with a specialty in hormonal and reproductive health. In 2011, I created my signature Fix Your Period series of programs that empower women to heal their menstrual conditions in a fun and sassy way. I then continued my training with Dr. Sara Gottfried and Jessica Drummond, two renowned hormonal health experts. I passionately believe that all women should be active participants in their reproductive health and I’m dedicated to spreading this message.
My mission is to help women reclaim their hormonal health and feminine vitality naturally. I teach as many women as I can get my hands on that their hormones don’t have to ruin their lives and I show them how to take back control of their health and their bodies.
Wanna learn even more about me? Check out 11 Things About Me That You Probably Didn’t Know for the scoop! I also co-host a radio show called The Period Party and you can find me on Facebook and Twitter.
Ready to take back control? Simply set up a free 45-minute chat so that I can answer all your questions and we can come up with a plan together on how to move forward.
Liz V, Washington, DC
Emily W, Australia