From Weight Loss Resistance, High Blood Pressure, Hormone Imbalance, Anxiety, and Other Bizarre Symptoms to Total Health Restoration and Helping Others Achieve the Same!
I can’t believe I was 300 pounds in 2004, and today I have lost over 100 pounds naturally! It’s so surreal to say those words, and so unbelievable to me when I look back and realize where I was and where I am today. It literally brings tears to my eyes knowing how sick I was, but what makes me tear up even more is knowing that I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for God saving my life by putting me in the hands of people who could help me get my health back. Hello, my name is Heather, and I have been working as a Nutritional Counselor for 3 years now. I didn’t start cooking healthy meals and coming up with recipes just because I liked the natural health movement – but don’t take that the wrong way if you are one of those who love the natural health movement and you do not have a story! It’s okay to not have a story and still be passionate about natural health (more power to you!), but I do have a story.
I used to suffer from high blood pressure, hormone imbalance, anxiety, insomnia, chronic infections, autoimmune issues, neck pain, back pain, and other bizarre symptoms, and no doctor could pinpoint the reason as to why I was having these issues. Keep in mind, before I gained weight, I had always had high blood pressure and hormone problems that were unexplainable. I love my family doctor, and she helped as much as she could with testing, but we never found any answers as to why I couldn’t lose weight or why I had high blood pressure, or any of the other symptoms that I battled with daily – until I walked into Dr. Pompa’s office.
It all began when I had 7-9 amalgam fillings when I was 9 years old. I started gaining weight, along with having high blood pressure, and then the hormone issues started in my teens. From then on, I felt like I was sick all the time. Migraines started, and then my immune system consistently failed me. It seemed like I was always taking antibiotics. Someone would sneeze across the room and, no kidding, I would be sick a few days later; that is how poor my immune system was. My friends will tell you that I became a homebody for fear that I would get sick with what anyone had if we went out. I had a poor diet and lifestyle, as well. I wasn’t taking supplements, seeing a chiropractor, or even following a healthy diet. Well, I thought I was following a healthy diet from what I was taught over the years. My body was slowly getting worse as time went on.
I went to college and had an amazing opportunity working as a UNIX administrator, but I wasn’t ultimately satisfied with that career. In 2008, I resigned from my job to go back to school and eventually start a career as a teacher, because I wanted to make a difference and help others. That’s what I thought I was supposed to do at that point in my life, anyway, but God had other plans. Keep in mind, I was probably at my heaviest at this point, still with high blood pressure, and I just didn’t feel good….ever. My friends and family will tell you I was just one of those people who always had something wrong with them. I was taking medications for my hormones, pain pills for neck and back pain, migraine medicine and over the counter medicines for whatever symptom I was having that day, along with 14 amalgam fillings (I had some more fillings drilled in at this point), and an unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Then I bottomed out completely. I woke up one day with this feeling that is just unexplainable. I refer to that feeling as “bad butterflies,” and I just felt incomplete in so many ways, along with my blood pressure now skyrocketing to 190/210.
Healing Through God’s Plan
I started working for Dr. Pompa shortly after I bottomed out, and I know that God put me in that office for more than just my health. I met so many amazing people other than the Pompas, like Dr. Jackie and Patrick Newhouse, Warren and Rebecca Phillips, Tracy Mastandrea, Faith Hill, Amie and Eric Olson, and other patients. These people not only had a major role in my natural health and healing, but they also led me to be saved and accept Jesus Christ into my life. Then I found out I had mercury & lead poisoning and my neck was reversed. How did I get here? It started at birth, when I inherited bad genes (which can be reversed!) and had my mom’s toxins passed on to me. It continued at age 9 with amalgam fillings. I was vaccinated. I didn’t take care of myself like I should have with diet and lifestyle. All these things add up and can cause a major overflow, and that is what happened to me. Today, I weigh 100 pounds less, I am still detoxing the heavy metals but my immune system is working great, and my neck is not reversed anymore thanks to chiropractic care.
See how we have our own plans in life but God has other plans? The journey I have been on is amazing, and I am so excited to share my love, recipes, and knowledge with so many of you out there who want to get to the bottom of your health issues.
Living My Passion
Today, I love sitting down with people and helping them get to the bottom of their health challenges, but my main passion resides in the kitchen. Eating healthy can be so complicated for so many out there, and I love to cook. My friend Amie had studied at IIN because she also had a passion for health and wellness. She blessed me with a scholarship to IIN, and there I was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Not only have I applied what Dr. Pompa and my friends have taught me, but life experience and experimenting have now made me want to reach out to thousands of people with my healthy cooking movement!
Making a lifestyle change does not have to be hard. I want to be able to eat a cookie and not feel guilty, and I know and I want to be able to enjoy the holidays and make foods that everyone loves, and more importantly, help each person get to the cause of their health issues by keeping a smile on their face with good tasting healthy foods. Healthy food, healthy moods!It’s amazing when you eat foods that are good for you how amazing you truly feel. Not to mention the healing that is occurring in your body when you cut out all grains and all sugar.
Wouldn’t it be great to eat a chocolate chip cookie, a piece of chocolate cake, or a bowl of ice cream? Well you can have all those things when you bake with almond flour and sweeten with stevia and xylitol. Grain-free desserts like my famous chocolate chip cookie pie are not only packed full of protein but are low glycemic, so eating this treat not only fuels you and has amazing good fats for your brain, but it doesn’t give you the rise and fall like eating a regular, even whole-wheat, chocolate chip cookie for breakfast. Wouldn’t you like an easy cellular healing, grain-free, gluten-free recipe that doesn’t include 3 different flours and also offers more nutritional value? If you are looking for new dessert ideas, or a breakfast idea that is gluten-free or grain-free, you need to try out this recipe. It is easy, delicious, and nutritious!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
2 ½ cups blanched almond flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup xylitol
1 teaspoon stevia
1 teaspoon salt
½ stick butter melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl
- Mix wet ingredients together, minus the butter
- Add the butter to dry ingredients and mix well
- Combine wet and dry ingredients together
- Add in chocolate chips
- Pour cookie batter into a pie plate and bake at 325 -350 degrees (ovens vary) for 15-20 minutes*
*Gooey cookie (light brown and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes) – my favorite served with a glass of milk!
*Well done cookie (a little darker on top and bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes)
Diet Programs to avoid: HCG diet, Weight Watchers, Atkins diet, calorie restriction diets, watermelon diet, Twinkie diet, Nutrisystem, Slim-Fast, and/or any other diet program that promotoes calorie restriction, processed and prepackaged foods, diets that are low-fat and high-protein, or diets that recommend grains and sugars.