Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
Primal Health Coach.
Registered Yoga Teacher - 200HR.
Hi, I’m Aimee
Oh hi! I’m Aimee, a Utah based certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, book worm, outdoor lover + coffee fanatic. I share simple, real food education, nourishing recipes, and lifestyle tips for people with cystic fibrosis to empower them make changes that will help them live their best lives and support their best health. I’m looking forward to helping you on your wellness journey too!
I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at two weeks old. Like many others with CF, I was encouraged to eat a high fat, high calorie diet in an effort to gain/maintain weight. While there was a big focus on calories, there was zero focus on nutrient density. It seemed no one cared what I ate, just as long as I ate, and ate a lot. While I don’t believe in good vs. bad foods or healthy vs. unhealthy, I do believe that what eat eat is just as important as how much. Real food changed my life. It changed my health. I want to empower you to make changes that will help you too.
As a kid, I struggled with my weight. It seemed now matter how much I ate, I just couldn’t gain. When I was 9 years old I ended up getting a feeding tube surgically placed in my abdomen, per my doctor and dietitians recommendation, to help get in extra calories so I could gain some much needed weight. If you have CF you know that a healthy weight plays a large part in our overall health. I had that feeding tube for around 8 years. After it was removed I still had periods of time where I struggled with my weight.
Up until my early to mid twenties I survived mostly on highly processed foods and a high sugar diet. But seriously. In high school my lunch came from the vending machine every day; a 20 oz Coke, candy bar, and a bag of chips. When I first got married frozen pizza in any form was my go-to. And I’m pretty sure I didn’t even know what water was back then, because I drank soda and chocolate milk like it was going out of style.
But here’s the thing. I was always tired and fatigued, brain fog was making my life difficult, my hanger and sugar cravings were out of control, I was nauseated almost every day and was vomiting 2-4 days per week. I know that not feeling well comes with the territory of life with a chronic illness, but I had a gut feeling this was more than just CF. I knew in my bones that something more could be done to support my health. Something more than what my doctors were recommending and prescribing. And once again, my gut told me to change the way I was eating.
I started small. It’s been a long journey. I now eat veggies with almost every meal, and love them! I’m confident in my cooking skills, skills that used to be non-existent. I drink water on the regular. And overall, I feel SO much better.
What I experienced was so powerful I knew I had to share. So in 2014 I went to school at The Nutritional Therapy Association and became a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP).
In 2018 I became a Primal Health Coach through The Primal Health Coach Institute.
And over the years I continue to further my education in things like gut health, adrenal health, and more so I can help others on their wellness journey!
here’s what changed:
I no longer deal with daily nausea and don’t throw up on a weekly basis.
After years of insomnia being the norm, I now sleep 9-10 hours a night.
Bloating, constipation/diarhea, embarrassing gas, all happen less regularly.
Brain fog isn’t a daily, or even weekly, occurrence making me doubt myself.
I used to feel like I caught every sickness making the rounds, now I get a cold 1-2x a year MAX, some years less.
How I can help you:
I’m not saying I can cure you of CF (obviously, there is no cure), but I can help you learn how you can better support your own health through real food nutrition, and lifestyle habits like better stress management and daily movement.
Nutrition is personal. We are wonderfully unique, and so are the needs of our bodies. That’s bio-individuality baby! Different things work for different people and I want to honor and respect that. I’ll help you find what works best for you when it comes to food and lifestyle habits. One size does not fit all.
A balanced lifestyle includes treats. I’m not about diet dogma or BS. No expensive shakes full of empty promises, no bland food, no restriction. Who wants to go through life feeling deprived?
Wellness starts with food, but it’s also so much more than food. While we will focus on nutrition, we’ll also focus on building habits that support your goals and a healthy lifestyle. We’ll look at things like mindfulness, daily movement, stress management, and better sleep hygiene.