I haven't always been thin.  That's me when I was at my heaviest, a few months after my second child was born.  I weighed close to 200 pounds right before her birth, and I knew, unfortunately, that wasn't all baby weight. It was just scary to me to realize that I was actually in the 190's, and I didn't want to hit 200.   I really thought, however, that it would be easy to shed the extra pounds when I started breastfeeding.  I easily lost the pregnancy pounds after my son was born, and just expected the same outcome.  It didn't happen that way, however.  I did lose some of the weight initially, but then I plateaued, and still had at least 30 pounds I needed to lose.  It was definitely more of a struggle this time.  I thought I was eating fairly healthy, and tried to stay away from the junk food since I was nursing.  

 

 

 

My interest in nutrition started after my daughter was diagnosed with Crohn's disease.  She was only 10 years old at the time, and it was completely devastating to be told by doctors that your child has a disease, and there is no cure.  It really bothered me to be told- "she'll learn to live with it".  Well, I didn't want her to have to "live with it". 

 

I began researching everything that I could about the disease.  I stayed up late at night, reading studies that were published in medical journals.  I read about all the theories and treatment options.  I found promising information about a diet that was helping others with Crohn's to reverse all their symptoms, but many doctors we saw said that it didn't matter what she ate, and my daughter was very adamant that she did not want to give up her current way of eating.  So I looked for something else- anything else.  One theory regarding Crohn's is that a bacteria called MAP, short for 

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