my story to wellness…
I was a fortunate child to grow up on a beautiful country farm of six acres in Hillsboro, Oregon. I was the youngest of three siblings. As pets, we had horses, chickens, dogs, cats, sheep, rats, mice, and bunnies. When I was nine years old, I came down with swollen hives all over my body. I got tested and received allergy shots and the hives went away. However, when I turned ten years old, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (also called “juvenile diabetes” and “insulin dependent diabetes” which has to do with being born with a gene mutation and is a much different disease than the lifestyle epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes that is much more prevalent). This means that without insulin injections, I would die and it is incurable. My diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes marked the era of exploring nutrition and exercise.
Years later, but soon after I started my legal career at the age of 19, my hives returned along with angioedema (extreme swelling of the face). This time the hives remained a daily problem for one full year. That year was the most challenging and hellish year of my life until the hives finally subsided. Unfortunately, about five years later my nightmare of chronic hives returned again. I ended up in the emergency room with a blocked air passage due to the angioedema and I has given high doses of steroids. I was tested for many allergies but come up negative on all accounts. I had seen multiple doctors who were entirely unhelpful and unknowing. The only suggestion for relief from my hives was to be put on cancer drugs! It was this incident that catapulted my quest for all-encompassing health. I spent many hours every day researching and meeting with doctors to find a solution to my health problems.
It wasn’t until I came upon a documentary on plant-based nutrition in 2010 that I opened my eyes to the candid truth on the national chronic disease epidemic and ultimately jolted my view of food entirely. My view of nutrition and disease took on a whole new meaning and I immediately adopted a plant-based lifestyle. Right away I noticed that my blood sugars were decreasing at a rapid pace and within one month I decreased my insulin intake by nearly half. Also, my hives completely disappeared for six years straight! During this time, I discovered that I had a new calling in life to help people with life altering diseases and conditions become well again. So, while I was working as a paralegal, I went back to school to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in Sports and Health Sciences and subsequently completed my other certifications (listed below).
However, a few years ago the hives returned when I was under a great deal of stress at the tail end of completing my degree and studying for my certifications while still working as a paralegal. On top of that, I had started taking a certain medication which I believe combined with the stress triggered the hives and angioedema again which stuck around for another awful year! After trying everything including cleanses, supplements, and seeing many different doctors including naturopaths and allergists, I thought I was doomed again. But I discovered a specially formulated superfoods cleanse that I gave a try. To my pleasant surprise the hives and angioedema disappeared on day three of the 10 day cleanse! I have since done several cleanses to keep my immune system at optimal performance and now my clients and friends enjoy the same fantastic benefits from doing the same cleanse.
By making a conscious and consistent change of my own habits, I have taken control of my health and greatly raised my standard of living and I am now on a mission to help others do the same. I know the amount of physical energy and mental stamina it takes to be kick-ass at a corporate job. Juggling workouts, meal prep, socializing, family time, stress and time management, all the while getting the job done with a gold star at the end of the day, is my forte!
I currently live in Portland, Oregon with my husband, dog, and cat. I love to enjoy the outdoors during the different seasons with my husband and dog because there are so many options in the great Northwest. These include running and hiking with my dog, kayaking and ski boating (also with my dog), camping (with my dog), golfing (not with my dog), downhill skiing (again, this is not with my dog), and when I’m inside, I love to cook and create gourmet recipes to share with friends and family (but not with the dog!).
- Kimberly Garrett, CHC, CPT, FNS, BS