Meet Your Nutritionist & Perimenopause Companion

Joanne Willis, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Age 47

To say I know a thing or two about wacky hormones, life-threatening illnesses and declining mental health is an understatement.

At the age of 26, after recovering from cancer treatment for Hodgkins Lymphoma, my body was left toxic and inflamed and my hormones were a mess. This was the start of my journey into the world of nutrition. After graduating as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist in 2007, I implemented everything I had learned and discovered a level of health I had never experienced before.

Fast forward to age 32 and my hormones crashed again with postnatal depression after the birth of my daughter (who was a miracle baby by the way as I was told I would likely be infertile after my cancer treatment). The added stress of being a new mother led me back to comfort eating and I gained 30lbs. Thankfully through my own knowledge and determination I was able to restore my health and say goodbye to the antidepressants. 

The next 10 years I was able to maintain my health and my weight. But then the perimenopause symptoms started, around the same time my family and I were emigrating to Canada in 2020.

As if this wasn’t challenging enough, I began experiencing irregular, heavy cycles, anxiety, insomnia, night sweats and wacky mood swings. I gained back 30lbs and I no longer recognized the person in the mirror.

The next two years were extremely stressful which only made my symptoms worse. After having my hormones tested it all started to make sense. I used my nutrition knowledge, skills and past experiences to break my unhealthy habits and identify and treat the underlying health imbalances that were the root cause of my symptoms. Two years in to my mid-life transition and I have taken back control. My mission now is to help other women in midlife to take back their power and nuture their own transformation so they can fall in love with themselves all over again. 

Age 44 in 2020 – first year of perimenopause

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