More About Carrie
My 30 Year Journey
Hi! I’m Carrie, some people call me Wojo. :) I’m 38 years old and I have two beautiful boys, ages 17 and 11. If you’re here it’s probably because you have some health issues that you haven’t been able to figure out.
People often look at me and think there’s no way I can relate to what they’re going through. But if you knew me 13 years ago you would know differently. I share my story to give people hope. I was once where you probably are: exhausted, depressed, discouraged, and without much hope of ever feeling better.
Growing up I dealt with severe constipation (not going for 4-5 days at a time), extremely heavy periods, fatigue, and anxiety. My parents never asked me if I was pooping everyday, they didn't know I was falling asleep in my classes even though I got plenty of sleep, and I didn't bring it up to them because I figured there was nothing they could to help me. I assumed that was just how I was.
Fast forward 10 years. I was 25, I had a 4 year old son, I was getting more and more into my passion of dancing, but my body was quickly falling apart. I was always tired, still constipated, my periods were even heavier, and I started having muscle pain. Extreme muscle pain to the point I would show up to my favorite country bar to dance, and within 30 minutes I was going home because my muscles were seizing up. No amount of stretching or pain killers helped.
Fast forward a couple more years and I was now going to the chiropractor 3x a week because if I sat for too long at work I'd get stuck in a forward leaning position, unable to move without extreme lower back pain. My husband had to massage my legs every night before bed just so I could fall sleep. Then, I developed gestational diabetes with my 2nd pregnancy, and even after delivery I had to go on metformin. I was depressed, discouraged, and hopeless. I was going to an endocrinologist, a pain doctor and my family doctor trying to figure out WHAT in the world was going on with me. Blood work was inconclusive so I was put on Aleve and Ibuprofen 3x/day, which made my stomach issues even worse.
I was blessed to FINALLY meet someone that gave me some answers, and some hope. She opened my eyes to how all of the soda, kool-aid, hot cheetos, chili cheese fries, milk shakes, and american cheese, top ramen, macaroni and cheese, LOTS of sugar ( I ate all of that and MUCH, MUCH more on a daily basis) had affected my liver, my blood sugar, thyroid, digestion, adrenals, etc. and that that's why I felt like complete and utter crap.
She identified my deficiencies, gave me food and supplement recommendations to start filling my deficiencies and reduce all the inflammation, and explained that I had to get my digestion working if I wanted to see improvements in all the other areas. And I'll admit, there were days where I thought "This is NOT working!" But she encouraged me, empathized with me, and pushed me to keep going. I could either keep going or give up and stay miserable right? I saw that in my parents and that wasn't the life I wanted. It took me a little over a year, but I got better! My back pain and spasms went away! My blood sugar balanced out, and I started having a bowel movement every day! Only those that deal with constipation understand my excitement about that.
If you can relate to the way I ate, the pain, fatigue, frustration, and hopelessness that I felt, and you're not sure what you should and shouldn't be eating, remember that you didn't get this way overnight, so be patient with yourself and seek someone out that specializes in identifying deficiencies and dysfunctions in the body.
If I'm that person, awesome, I look forward to the journey. <3
Southern California University of Health Sciences -3 Years- Clinical Nutrition License
AADP Member- American Association of Drugless Practitioners
Certified Holistic Health Coach - 1 Year- Institute for Integrative Nutrition