I was born and raised in the north of Germany, where so called “healthy meals” were common sense.
As a child I experienced a lot of mystery illnesses. I had severe migraines, anemia and regular colds. I missed quite a few school days but no doctor ever diagnosed anything major.
My family’s roots are German but my parents and grandparents were born and raised in Russia. So we always had lots of pickled vegetables, potatoes, meat and home baked goodies on the table. My favorite meal was spinach with boiled eggs and potatoes which was not the typical meal a child would like. And still I was iron deficient.
My health got better when I started working out in school. I played basketball, volleyball and did gymnastics. I ate wholesome for the most part.
When I grew up, my grandparents had a garden where they grew a lot of organic fruits and vegetables. I spent a lot of time there in the summer and was playing with the insects and learning a bit about gardening from Grandmother Elvira. That’s what I call connecting with nature. It felt so good to play outside and was surely important for my health and development.
When I was 18 we receive the devastating news that my beloved grandfather Erwin had colon cancer. They gave him 1 year to live. He went through surgery and chemo and suffered a lot. It was probably the most painful experience for me to lose him.
When I turned 19 I decided to leave my home town in order to see the “world”. I signed up with an au-pair agency that connected me with a family in the US. I never really thought about the fact that food has an impact on our health until I moved to Connecticut. My digestion was always good up until then. I was eating healthy enough, I was young and fit.
In the US I gained weight really quickly and always felt hungry – even though I ate a lot. My hair was dull and my skin constantly inflamed. Almost all of my au-pair friends experienced the same issues. We ate a lot of processed and sugar containing foods and didn’t move enough (hello drive through!). This 18 month au-pair experience was very important for my development. I loved my au-pair family and met many amazing people.
After I returned to Germany it took me about 1 year to lose the extra weight. Just by eating the same way I had before I left. My digestive issues started to really bother me at that point though. I started to research about digestion and visited different doctors and gastrointestinal specialists. They did a few tests and weren’t able to find anything substantial that was causing my symptoms. They finally told me that I had IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). I think I had leaky gut actually. One sentence that one of the doctor’s said really stuck with me after I did the colonoscopy -“Your body is pretty inflamed on the inside, but there is no cancer!”.
Little did I know how much influence processed foods really have on our bodies. A couple years after my grandfather passed away, my grandmother also was diagnosed with colon cancer. Fortunately she was able to heal with a surgery and by changing her diet. I was always interested in health but really started to read up on different topics when no doctor could tell what was wrong with me – Like how could that be!? They should know!
I lived with the discomfort for over 10 years and tried countless diets, detoxes and pills. Nothing worked (placebo effect kicked in some times). I was eating vegetarian since shortly after I returned to Germany and overall a lot healthier. But the issues were still present. I had an itchy, irritated spot on my right shin for a couple years and it kept getting better and worse on and off. My German friends send me a book for my birthday called “Darm mit Charme” (it means charming gut) by Giulia Enders where she also stated the same symptom on her leg. So it turned out this was linked to her gut issues. Just like in her story I was able to get rid of this issue only by fixing my gut. It hasn’t returned in many years. This is just a fun fact of many since I was able to connect the dots through my long journey back to health!
In 2011 I went to an alternative health practitioner in Hamburg and she said I had candida, an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut. As well as some heavy metals in my body (Teflon and Aluminium), which explained the constant headaches. I was so glad to finally have a specialist tell me that I was not crazy. And that my symptoms were in fact real. After the 6 month treatment with the zapper (helps to activate the natural healing powers of the immune system and kills parasites), natural pills, colon hydro therapies I was doing great. My issues had vanished. Since that period I have managed to maintain a good health and increased my well being more and more. I still have periods where my skin gets a bit inflamed and I obviously don’t always digest “life” and certain foods as well as I wish I would. But that is alright with me. I am not perfect and I don’t try to be. I love my fries every now and then and I eat them with joy. All it takes in my opinion is to find your own individual “healthy state” and maintain it for a fulfilled life!
Nowadays I incorporate a lot more greens, fermented foods into my diet to support my microbiome (gut bacteria diversity). I am gluten free and try to avoid cow diary (I eat goat and sheep cheese or raw cheese). I stay away from processed foods as much as I can. I drink more water, move my body more and most importantly am a lot less stressed and worried. I started to love and accept myself which is a huge part of getting better.
Now I want to help others find their own path to good health and live their best life possible!
My clients – people are diverse,
but one thing unites all: an active position in life.