Hi! I’m Joanne 🙂 I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN), Cancer survivor, Mother of a hormonal teenager and more recently, a seasoned traveler on my own wacky hormone journey! I have been helping women manage stress, restore hormonal imbalance, lose weight and improve their physical and mental health since 2007. But it was the experience of having to apply my own skills and expertise to rebalance my own health, that allowed me to fully understand and appreciate the challenges perimenopausal women struggle with more than ever before!
The slow deterioration of my own physical health coupled with the steady downward spiral of my mental health hit me harder than I ever could have imagined! Initially, I began struggling to sleep through the night. I would wake up like clockwork around 3am, drenched in sweat and would then toss and turn for hours only to finally fall asleep, exhausted about an hour before the alarm was due to go off. Upon waking, I would immediately feel anxious and would often experience panic attacks for no apparent reason. I would look in the mirror and want to cry. I no longer felt attractive. My skin had lost it’s youthful glow, the circles under my eyes were getting darker and wrinkles and age spots seemed to be multiplying by the day. My hair, which used to be my crowning glory when I was young, was now dull, thin and lifeless.
I couldn’t remember the last time I had allowed my photo to be taken. I used to be the life and soul of every party, but now I felt more comfortable staying home, sometimes spending all day in my onesie. I had forgotten what I loved to do for fun and I had lost all motivation to keep coaching because I felt like a hypocrite! How could I help other women improve their own health when I didn’t look or feel healthy myself anymore? This realization is what made me slip into a mild depression. I felt worthless and was my own worst critic. I felt like the best years of my life were now behind me and I slowly retreated from social media and from life. I had fallen out of love with myself and the scariest part was I had accepted it. I had no motivation to even want to turn things around. It felt easier to just surrender to it all and wallow in my own self-pity. I was grieving the woman I once was and I was scared that my deteriorating health was setting me up for a cancer recurrence. I used to live my life in a way that repelled disease. Now I felt like I was slowly walking head-first into an inevitable future of chronic illness.
Thankfully, I have some amazing people in my life who saw more in me than I saw in myself at that time. They reminded me that I have a gift in being able to have helped so many women over the year get their health back on track and live a happy, fulfilling life. They also reminded me that it is our own challenges that allow us to grow. and that my own experience is what would make me an even better, more authentic coach who could truly connect with my clients on a whole new, meaningful level.
With their love, support and encouragement I made the decision to pick myself up and work on improving my health. Even though I knew exactly what I needed to do on a practical level, I knew I had to work on my mindset first. Our mental health is so fragile and without it, everything else is an uphill battle. I realized I wasn’t ready to give up on life. I have rediscovered my youthful energy, my sense of purpose and my zest for life. I can honestly say I feel better than I have in years!
My mission now is to help as many women as I can to come out of the shadows and take back control of their health so that they can rebalance their body, nurture their mind and live the life they deserve. My life mantra has always been that everything happens for a reason. I believe the reason I have had to endure my own health struggles is so that I can offer a unique, authentic healing experience with unparalleled support and encouragement.
Life is for living…..at every stage! The best years are yet to come!