My name is Angela Atkins and I am an Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach, Certified Nutritional Therapist, and an Advanced Clinical Weight Loss Practitioner. I’ve studied at The Health Sciences Academy, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the Institute for Nutritional Leadership.
If you’re not familiar with what an integrative health coach is – the best way for me to describe what I do is to share my story with you.
My journey to health and wellness came after neglecting my own health and then only, after being very sick for many years, did I come to trust my body’s innate wisdom and become my own advocate.
I married young, had three children and after 17 years got divorced. Stress became my constant companion – from worrying about where the family’s next meal was going to come from to finding a job that would pay for our basic necessities. Stress overtook my life, and with it (I thought) came a variety of ailments.
It started with me being diagnosed with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, and went downhill from there. At one point within just a 5 month period I suffered a ruptured appendix, underwent emergency surgery for glaucoma, and a few months later was in a chronic depression.
Throughout all of this, I was seeking answers. I honestly thought that stress was the cause of everything and tried to eliminate it. Doctors kept telling me that “I was just unlucky” or one of the “1% of people that this happens to.”
No matter what I tried, it seemed like I couldn’t get control of my health. I was tired of getting new diagnoses and visiting multiple doctors that all had different specialties and reasons for why I was sick.
I realized that the doctors were looking at me in pieces, and not as a whole being.
When I was diagnosed with celiac disease, it was the last straw. I began doing research, and was lucky enough to meet an integrative doctor that helped me bring all of the pieces together.
As an integrative doctor, he looked at me as a whole person both physically and all of the pieces of my life that would affect my health like my diet and lifestyle. He searched for a root cause of all of the symptoms instead of trying to treat each individually.
What it came down to for me – and I find this is really true for everyone I’ve worked with – is nutrition and what I was eating.
I already knew I was allergic to many different foods, and I also learned from blood tests that I was lacking vitamins and minerals.
So I eliminated all of the trouble foods from my diet and began taking the right supplements. Not only did I almost immediately start feeling better – I also lost 30 pounds in 25 weeks almost effortlessly.
Finally, I felt like I was in control. I realized that doctors didn’t “know everything” and that a lot of the information we get from mainstream media is inaccurate at best and downright deceitful at worst.
I have made it my mission to help ensure that others don’t have the same experience I did.
As an integrative health coach now I help my clients find the root cause of their medical challenges and advocate for them. Not only that, but I teach them how to advocate for themselves.
We need to take back control over our health, and stop just doing what we’re told by doctors that may not be looking at the whole story. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t listen to your doctor (that’s a great way to get sued) what I am saying is that you can be an advocate for yourself and get the best care possible when you’re equipped with the right information.
I help clients look at their whole health picture and equip them with the information that they need to take back control of their health.