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I would like to start this blog by introducing myself. My name is Ellie I am a graduate of Lee University with a Bachelors in Health Science. I am a Nutritional Therapy Consultant through the Nutritional Therapy Association. I love to write however I’m not that great at it. I want this blog to be relatable and educational, but casual. Let me begin with some of my history.
I grew up in Nashville, TN. I’m twenty something years old and have a amazing husband whom I married June 2, 2012 and a baby who was born December 22, 2015! WOO!
My health fascination began in childhood after being diagnosed with Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) or as my mother called it “I turn Purple” According to PubMED it is a bleeding disorder in which the immune system destroys platelets, which are necessary for normal blood clotting. Persons with the disease have too few platelets in the blood. I was diagnosed when I was 5 after my mother noticed strange bruises on my legs, arms and also one on my cheek. It is not curable and can result in death. It lasted for about a year then miraculously disappeared, but sadly it came back when I was about 7 but only lasted for another year. During that period my platelets dropped to around 6,000. The normal amount is 150-250,000. Luckily my body healed itself and I haven’t had it since, but still get check ups. During that time I was forced to quit sports and could only play outside and be active when my platelets reached certain levels. Therefore, what I was allowed to do on any given day was dependent on my platelet count.
Life went on normally for most of my young life. I began to join sports such as cheerleading, color guard, and later on, rugby. Life was fantastic until the middle of my sophomore year of high school. I began getting severe stomach pains, dizziness, and nausea. I probably went to every doctor possible for a couple months and no one could tell us what is wrong. The neurologist said it was migraines in my stomach…? Gastroenterologist said I had IBS…? Homeopathic therapist said I had a tapeworm….!? So clearly no one could figure it out, therefore my wonderful mother began to research. It ends up that I am allergic to MSG (monosodium glutamate). Most associate it with chinese food, however, it is a lot more common than that and has quite a few hidden names for it. So finally my life was back to “normal”. I restarted my diet to cleanse everything out and moved on with life not realizing how it would effect me emotionally.
Now, this post is getting long so I’ll tie it up with saying, my view on nutrition is very serious. I hope to carry my readers through what I deal with, eat, and research. I hope to broaden my knowledge on the subject and become a lifelong learner about my body and what I put into it. I hope to help people to become satisfied in their daily life, but to also have the desire to press forward.
That is all for now.