I was diagnosed with osteoporosis four years ago. My doctor’s course of action was to put me on medication for the osteoporosis, but I pushed back. I saw an endocrinologist for a second opinion, but was given the same answer that the only choice was medication. I kept asking if I could fight this nutritionally, but they both said no.
I took the prescribed medication for a few months before meeting with a few girlfriends and telling them how frustrated I was with how the meds made me feel. One of them had been to Nutritional Weight & Wellness for another health issue, and she told me how the nutritionists could help women like me who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. I was shocked since all of my doctors told me that healing my osteoporosis wasn’t possible with nutrition.
This conversation led me to meeting with my nutritionist, Melanie. Before meeting with her, I thought I was eating healthy. However, I quickly realized that my idea about healthy carbs was totally wrong. I ate vegetables, but sparingly. Melanie gave me so much hope that I could heal my osteoporosis and she helped me develop a plan. It was an education in what whole foods and supplements could do for my health. I was excited and felt very empowered after seeing Melanie for the first time.
After a month, I already felt more energy and I had lost a lot of weight, even though that wasn’t a primary goal. I came for osteoporosis but my “why” for this lifestyle has only increased.
I was still on my osteoporosis medications when I initially met with Melanie; they were my safety net in case things didn’t work with nutrition counseling. But the plan she created for me was so doable and made so much sense. I quit taking the medication four months later. The nutrition plan was so easy to incorporate into my life. I tell everyone who will listen about what I learned. It's not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. This is how we are meant to eat.
Not only did I learn about how to eat, but I became more mindful of exercise. I exercised before, but now I realize how important movement and weight-bearing exercise is and how important building muscle is for women my age. These activities are applicable for all age-related diseases. I focus on my bone density, but also my heart and brain health.
I am so thankful and grateful to have been given this recommendation and opportunity to meet with Melanie. With her help, I increased my spine bone density by 8%. My hip went from osteoporosis to osteopenia. It is possible to move the dial with nutrition, not just the medication prescribed by the doctors.
I consider Melanie part of my medical team. I consult with her if a doctor wants to prescribe a medication so I know the ramifications for my bone density. She is a wealth of knowledge. I also frequently visit the website to read blog posts and listen to the podcast for more support and nutrition information.
My experience with Nutritional Weight & Wellness has given me the confidence and the tools to be more in control of not only my osteoporosis but also my overall health and well-being.
Jerene was able to get off of her osteoporosis medication with the power of nutrition education and personal support. Schedule your own consultation with one of our licensed nutritionists and dietitians today and be on your way to better health!
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