​​​​My Tummy's Journey: 

I have had tummy issues for as long as I can remember. I have often wondered what the cause, the reason, the trigger. Now that I look back, it seems much clearer. Through reflection and studying, I have learned much, but also realize everyday is a chance to educate myself further.

While pregnant with me, my mom gained 40 pounds. She had been underweight, but now I wonder if it could have been due to gestational diabetes. I was born nine days late, and weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces. Her labor was quick and intense, and once born, I spat up her blood. Doctors had me hooked up to IVs, and my tummy was distended. 

Soon after I self-weaned at a year old, I began having horrible ear infections. At one point, they were so bad I needed tubes, and was affected by deafness -isn't it a wonder what your memories omit?- I have asked my mom how many rounds of antibiotics I received. She doesn't remember. I recall telling my mom that I didn't want to drink milk, bread products gave me hiccups, and eggs made my tummy feel yucky.

When I was eight, I started (competitively) swimming, never the fastest, but with beautiful technique. Around the age of 12, my shoulders began to hurt, my neck muscles were inflamed, and the pain loved settling on my left side. I iced, stretched, went to physical therapy, complained, and kept on swimming.

My first year in college, was my last year swimming. The physical therapist in training, a college kid like myself, suggested I take an anti-inflammatory, like Advil. I didn't have any, but I did have Alieve. She said it didn't matter what I took. They were all ibuprofen. So, I followed her advice, and naively took four Allieves four times a day. My stomach began aching indescribably.

Let's flash forward to a few years back. I began waking with doubled-over, cramping pain. The doctors called it stress. I said there had to be something else triggering it. Then an internal doctor suggested IBS. I asked for an allergy test. Upon seeing the results, wheat and eggs were my two main moderate allergies. Low and behold, once I cut them out of my diet, the cramping pain subsided. My curiosity led me towards alternative medicine and resources. I went to an orthopedic doctor, and he diagnosed my joint pain as Multi-directional Instability, or loose joints. I tried acupuncture -where I was asked if maybe I was gluten intolerant-, and went to a Naturopath. He was the first to enlighten me about adopting an anti-inflammatory diet. I began reading, and felt so intrigued with Dr. D'Adamo's Eat Right for Your Blood Type

My intrigue with healing my own gut's needs led me towards wanting to heal everyone else. I started dabbling with essential oils, and suddenly found relief. They soon replaced all things "medicine".

Eventually, I was lead to The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Everything I learned either confirmed, explained, or inspired what I had often wondered about.

I cannot wait to meet you, hear your story, and help you heal from the inside out. Are you ready to start your journey towards becoming the best version of yourself?

Shana Cares

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