After a 15-year struggle with a myriad of health problems, I started working with Jennifer Woodward as a nutritionist. Her whole-body therapy really aligned with what I wanted to attempt in my search for optimal health. I have tried so many avenues to remedy my recurring bladder infections, fibromyalgia, sleeplessness, extreme bloating, abdominal pain, headaches, dizziness while exercising and the depression that I daily struggle with. It is overwhelming to constantly have doctors put you down or just tell you that what you are dealing with is going to be your new norm. They offered drugs to improve my moods and pain levels, which meant that I would be inviting new side effects and a lifelong dependency on masking my problems versus actually healing my body. I ate right, exercised regularly, and could not crawl out of the pit I felt I was in.
Over the course of the past 7 months, Jennifer has impressed me with her extensive knowledge of the human body. Her knowledge is vast and she easily disseminates all the medical terminology into an easily understandable explanation. I felt completely confident in her medical diagnosis of my test results, as she answered every question I had with extreme thoroughness. Most importantly, she has a zest for her profession that makes a person feel energized and excited to implement what she has researched to help each individual case. Jennifer would promptly email or text me (even when she was on vacation) if I had any questions about the food protocols I was on, supplement worries, or test procedure hiccups. I felt like I wanted to quit and just eat normally several times, and part of the reason I did not was because I knew she genuinely wanted me to feel better, continually doing research and offering insights to give me hope and energy to stay on course. She is not just a nutritionist -- she is also a coach, a cheerleader, and even a therapist, as we dug to unearth what my body needs to perform successfully on its own. I felt heard and validated that I was supposed to and could feel vastly better.
After seeing so many doctors, I truly didn't know what to expect from a nutritionist. Our first meeting gave me hope. Jennifer outlined an eating plan to start right away, followed by blood, stool, and urine test to gather data. I started an all-protein and above ground vegetable diet after our first visit, and it was incredibly difficult. Mrs. Woodward was constantly there to buoy me up and remind me of my goals. Through her care, she determined I had a parasite, adrenal fatigue, and a leaky gut. She also diagnosed me with FODMAPS. The hard thing about achieving optimal health is that there is no easy fix, which is why Jennifer's care is so important. It takes time and oversight. She checks in weekly to support -- and sometimes challenge -- me to really take care of myself. Because of her treatment I have not had a bladder infection in 6 months (they were happening every 6 weeks), and I have seen notable lessening in my other symptoms. Even some underlying emotional issues that I didn't realize were affecting my health were unwrapped in our sessions together. It has been a revelation to determine that my body can fix itself when it is given a proper plan of action. Jennifer Woodward has given me that action plan and I am grateful for her and the expertise she has provided me.