My name is Amanda Meri although you may see me still holding on to my maiden name Milisits from time to time. I have been a registered nurse since 2008, but I have known that helping others heal has been my calling since I was a child.
I completed my Master’s Degree in 2019 and firmly believed that I would not return to school for at least another decade to obtain my PhD. I was so burned out from work and graduate school that I couldn’t entertain the thought of returning to academia any time soon. That was until my health began declining more rapidly. At the time, I was already experiencing hair loss, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, acid reflux, chronic fatigue syndrome, joint pain, painful periods, difficulty with weight management, mood swings, itchy skin and acne to name a few. But they all amped up and culminated in me experiencing brain fog each day where I found myself stumbling over words during important work meetings. With hopes to feel better, I tried different cleanses and fad diets to minimal effects which were temporary and unsustained.
Fast forward to 2020, I got engaged and married within four months. During that time, I realized that I was likely in the fast lane to facing disability within the next 10 years, and that freaked me out. Since I knew that I had some kind of issue with gluten or grains, I took it upon myself to remove gluten from my diet for 30 days to see how I would feel. I slowly reintroduced a small amount of gluten into my diet and felt miserable within 10 minutes. I tried this a few times, and although it sounds silly, I just had to know for sure it was gluten. I felt brain fog, joint pain, extreme fatigue, nasal congestion and migraines each time. I was also exposed to toxic mold around the same time. I knew a quick intervention was critical in gaining my life back.
Enough was enough, I quit my cushy six figure director position with all of its perks and benefits to focus 100% on my health. Today, I can confidently say that I don’t have a single regret about it. I enrolled into an accelerated, integrative nutrition health coaching program and a gut health course to further understand health and wellness. Today, most of my autoimmune conditions are gone and I honestly believe this decision has saved my life and has allowed me to help others save theirs.
Interested in sharing your story with me? I’d love to hear about your health journey and share my insights.