I'M ROANNA, THE HEALTHY ROW!
I'm a practicing Integrative Nutrition and Functional Medicine Health Coach who graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), the world's largest nutrition school for health coaches, and Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (FMCA), the only coaching program in collaboration with the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM).
I'm also an entrepreneur, Founder of humble market and Seeds of Life PH, calling Manila my home - one who loves to dance (kizomba, anyone?), find adventure, and most of all, learn and share as much as I can to empower others through clean living, sustainability, mindfulness and wellness.
In 2014, I was diagnosed with a toxic thyroid condition after experiencing bodily symptoms a year before. I first turned to allopathic/Western medicine, with a doctor who assessed my condition as genetic, and recommended treatment options that were unfortunately numbing, and either suppressive or destructive of parts and functions of my body.
Without discrediting the expertise of my doctor, I felt that my options were too limited. I took my prescribed medications anyway - in fact, I rarely missed an intake - and I followed everything else I was told to do, yet, to inconsistent results.
Feeling frustrated and helpless, I had so many questions I couldn't find answers to. I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of my own condition - what was the real cause? Why of all parts was my thyroid affected? What else can I do to allow my own body to heal?
FINDING MY INNER STRENGTH
I was holding on to these questions when a friend and brilliant practitioner of Functional Medicine offered to help. This was when my education began.
He later helped me discover I had Hashimoto's disease (aha!), an autoimmune condition in which the body's immune system attacks the thyroid - the butterfly shaped gland at the base of the neck.
With better awareness, and trusted help, I changed my mindset and habits, and started taking conscious steps towards wellness. I became more mindful of my food, thoughts and actions, and with consistent results towards my health goals, there was no turning back.
Today, I'm very proud to be completely free of Hashimoto's disease, and my body is no longer dependent on any prescribed medication or treatment.
It took a lot of trust, study and focus to get to that point. But, believe me, it was not difficult. I realized that the only struggle I had was in finding the right direction, and getting the right guidance, then it was such an exciting experience beyond that, with rewards which I felt in a progressively healthier body!
My journey is just beginning, and I want to share it to be able to inspire and help others find inner strength, just like I did, and take conscious steps towards better health, no matter what health goals you want to achieve!
WHAT YOU'LL FIND HERE
Here you'll find information on our health coaching programs and how to work with me as your coach. I also intend to share what I (and our growing team) continue/s to learn as we constantly deepen our understanding in the areas of food and nutrition, sustainability, functional medicine coaching, and holistic wellness.
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Wishing you a vibrant and healthy life,