Christy Thompson C.H.N.C
Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant
Hello. My name is Christy. As an infant I had always had digestive and chronic health issues that only persisted through the years as I grew up. There were countless doctors but never any real concrete reasons provide for my symptoms. It was always a guessing game. When I was very young allergy testing provided clues to potential Celiac Disease but at that time very little was known about the disease and its the implications. In high school I developed an interest in understanding the human body and biology. After graduation I stumbled into a job working in a doctor’s office. This job made me realize how much I enjoyed the medical profession and felt that even in this limited capacity I could make a difference in people’s lives. During this time, I continued to struggle with my own health issues. Chronic digestive issues, weight loss, inflamed spleen, (eventual diagnosis of Raynaud’s disease) and the most intense sinus pain I had felt to date. I was grateful that I worked along side my doctor so he could see the struggles I had daily, but there were still no answers. Finally, in my early twenties I had an appointment with a gastroenterologist, and he asked the question that changed my life. “Are there any Celiacs in your family?” I went home and ask my mom, to which she replied, “yeah, you are”. Memories from my childhood came back about the strict diet I had been on for a short time requiring me to not eat bread, pasta, or anything with gluten. Relearning this information, I immediately went on a strict gluten free diet. Within 3 days I was a new person. Even now remembering back I am still so blown away how good I felt so fast. The blinding sinus pain went away, and I was able to eat without digestive upset. This was a huge turning point in my life to understanding what we put in our bodies can really impact our health. I eventually went to school and became a Licensed Practical Nurse with additional training as a perioperative scrub nurse. I loved working with people, but this additional training just made it more evident that there are such gaps in how we approach health in our society. I knew I could help in a more meaningful way, so I became a certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant through Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
While going to school for nutrition some major and stressful life events happened, and I started once again to struggle with health concerns. Numbness and tingling in my feet, temporary loss of central eyesight and fine motor skills in my right hand, major brain fog and chronic fatigue. I had the full work up with multiple specialists and insane amount of blood work showing nothing and MRIs that showed some small lesions on my brain but wouldn’t necessarily explain everything I was experiencing. The neurologist finally said to me “I can’t tell you don’t have Multiple Sclerosis, but I can’t tell you that you do have it. We have to wait for your symptoms to get worse.” Wait to see if things got worse? That was not an option for me when I am running a business and raising two young children. Once again, I went back to explore what I was eating and did more research. My conclusion… nutrition is only 50% of living your best life. The other 50% is understanding how our emotions, our thoughts, and our subconscious thoughts impact genetics, our cells, and our energy. Understanding some of these processes help us achieve motivation for living a more healthful life. This helped me realize what I do have control over to change and to let go of the things I don’t have control over. Sometimes we need help looking at situations from a different perspective. I feel grateful to this knowledge and that I can assist others on their journey to living a more healthful enjoyable life.