April Workman, CTNC, BS
April is a Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach. She has a degree in biochemistry, graduated from the Institute of Transformational Nutrition, is FirstLine Therapy Certified, and is an autoimmune, digestive wellness expert. She is passionate about helping others and has the ability to see your life’s potential.
“It’s going to be a unique combination of nutrition, exercise, spirituality, sleep, and stress – which is different for everyone.” Her practice is individual-based, unique to you!
I always thought I had IBS and it would really ‘flare’ up when I got nervous, had an event, a test, etc. – but after a New Years party and thinking I simply overdid it, my symptoms didn’t go away and eventually got worse. Three months later, after trying fiber pills, liquid diets and just not eating in general (all the while, still gaining weight), and seeing blood (frightening!) I decided it was time to see a doctor and get a colonoscopy. Facing this fear and feeling so embarrassed is normal. You’re not alone! How was I supposed to talk to a stranger about my bathroom habits?
I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in January of 2013 and put on 8 different prescription medications with very little hope for improvement. My doctor told me that I had an autoimmune disease and that this was something I would have to deal with for the rest of my life – that there’s no cure and that it can only be regulated with prescription medication. I had steroids, enemas, suppositories, antibiotics, anti-spasmodics, anti-anxiety meds and anti-inflammatories just to name a few. I researched the “anti-candida diet,” after seeing the success another family member with digestive issues go through it, and I decided (and 100% committed) that I needed to drastically change what I was eating. My hope was to find some relief from the constant spasms, zero predictability, countless pills and an aching digestive system.
By changing the way I ate and eliminating foods that my body used to promote inflammation (wheat, gluten, sugar, dairy, alcohol, and processed foods), I was able to begin the healing process and regulate my symptoms without prescription medication. That meant no more pills, steroids, anti-inflammatories, anti-biotics, etc., and a whole new lifestyle took shape.
It wasn’t easy… learning to cook, reading labels, taking food with me everywhere I went, explaining to others what I was going through (which put me into tears instantly for a long time), and changing my entire lifestyle. But it was absolutely worth it. I discovered my passion and am now helping others.
It’s been quite a journey, but I can say for sure that I’m feeling fantastic. A whole food lifestyle has made a world of difference. I was able to run two ½ marathons with my mom, get into a regular exercise routine, and I love making nutritious recipes that promote healing! I am especially thankful for my experience because it helped reveal my passion! Although my journey started with food, it’s important to note that sleep, reducing stress, consistent exercise and spirituality all played an equal part in my healing journey.
I’m passionate about this lifestyle because I regained my health through this process, and you can too! Dr.’s are simply not telling us about these alternative methods and sending us home with pills and medications that never allow us to get to the root of the problem.
It’s time we change that!
The photo on the left shows me at my most inflamed and sickest. I was working out and eating what I thought was “healthy.” The scale kept going up and I continued to feel like I didn’t have any control with my body.
I had to find a different path to healing!