Welcome to my new blog! I am pretty excited to be able to share with you interesting topics on women's health, holistic cooking, hatha yoga, lifestyle, and well just about anything related to living a balanced life!
A bit about me....well, over the last 17 years I have been drawn into the althernative health field, looking for information relating to treating my many health issues. When I was in my early 20's (OK, so now you can do the math) I considered myself pretty healthy. I worked as a Martial Arts instructor and worked out regularly. However, I neglected to consider what I was really doing to my body and my mind while I pumped back a burger and fries with a coke! It was crazy, I don't even remember thinking or considering eating a fresh piece of fruit and well the vegetables were the ones on my burger. Water was non existent and not even considered as I thought it tasted bad. Crazy!
After living like this for over 20 years, my body started to rebel. I began to feel more fatigued each passing week, suffered with headaches, aches and pains and what seemed like an endless cold. After 2 years of doctors appointments and repeated antibiotics, I thought to myself, I just don't feel well. Luckily, my family doctor recognized that my voice had changed on a usual trip to her office. Upon examination she noticed a lump in my throat the size of a golf ball. I never even noticed it! A quick referral to an endocrinologist for a biopsy and I ended up on the surgeons table. I had a full thyroidectomay completed (took out my whole thyroid gland) to discover that I had a malignant tumor on my vital gland. It was explained to me that I would need to be on medication for the rest of my life and that it really wasn't a big deal. Hardly the case.
Long story short, I got sicker and sicker with each passing year following a reluctant 3 day course of radiation. My hair fell out, my face was puffy, I was irritable, depressed, lethargic, numb in both arms & hands, weak, constipated, and not myself at all. What happened to the happy go lucky girl I used to be? Was this it? Was this the life I was to lead? No way not this girl!
This is how my journey began with my quest for information and answers to why my body was fighting me at the early age of 24. This led me down the holistic health path with no turning back. I sought out treatment from Naturopaths, Acupuncturists, Massage Therapy, and Chiropractic to name a few. After taking tincture after tincture, I thought what about my diet? No one has ever addressed my diet or my lifestyle habits. So after some research I discovered the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto where I immediately applied and was enroled into their full time program. A life changing event!
Some 11 years later, I am here to share with you all that I have experienced and learned through private Consultation in my practice as a Certified Nutritional Practitioner. But more than ever, as a woman and cyber friend. Think of me as your go to person for health tips, supplementation recommendations, healthy and delicious recipes and food for thought. I hope you enjoy my blog and please join in the discussion at any time. I would love to know the thoughts that are occupying your mind.
peace & love,
Nancy Este is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Nutritional Practitioner. She is here to share with you over 17 years of experience in the Alternative Health field. It is her hope to help save you time, money and stress when it comes to regaining your balance in life.