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Conversations with the Inspiring Yvonne Matthews

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yvonne Matthews.

Yvonne, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Like many, my voyage to get to where I am today started a long time ago. I grew up in Palm Springs, CA. I was always an athlete and an academic. I thought that by merely being an “athlete” meant I was healthy. Not to mention my mom was a health teacher. So, how could I be anything but? But around my 2nd or 3rd year in high school, I was missing days every month because the pain and cramps from my period were so painful that the only solution presented to me was birth control. It seemed to help and clear up that teenage acne to boot. What a miracle!

Fast forward through college on the east coast, moving back to Southern California and a career as a graphic designer for 10 years, I was shocked when I decided to get off birth and all my same issues resurfaced. I mean I was a well-educated, successful young professional living in one of the healthiest cities, Los Angeles, surely, I should have it figured out! But now in my mid-twenties, I had even worse acne and period pain and PMS than I could remember. And with that face full of acne it was a clear and visible sign to the world that I did not.

I quickly went down the rabbit hole in search of a natural solution. I now knew medications were just putting a Band-Aid over some symptoms and not solving the deeper issue. I tried going gluten free or dairy free. I found a functional medicine doctor that did a slew of blood tests and put me on my first elimination diet. I even shelled out beaucoup bucks for monthly facials and beauty care products. And these things helped a little but I was still struggling to look in the mirror and be at peace with what I saw.

When I moved to Colorado five years ago, I took it as a nudge that I needed to follow my heart and passion and that was health and wellness, specifically holistic nutrition. So, not two months after I moved, I was sitting in the classroom of Bauman College in Boulder, Colorado, and loving every minute of it. I’ll be honest. I was there to help heal myself. But in the end, what it led to was a strong desire to help others with the same journey get there so much faster and without feeling the loneliness that I did on my health journey.

Has it been a smooth road?
No way was it easy. But I have been working on a new perspective and story I tell myself. And that story is that although it might not have been easy, it wasn’t necessarily hard either. I don’t think interesting and inspiring stories come from walking a smooth road. I also, I don’t think we need to keep believing a lie that it must be hard or a struggle to be worth it. I hate the word balance and I hate that phrase “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Because I love what I do and I also loved what I used to do. They were different. They both required work. But I loved and still love the work. I don’t love every moment or a single thing that needs to get done. But at the end of the day, it’s so satisfying sitting with others and helping them be healthier and happier.

That’s such a generic story though, right? So, let me get specific. I lost my home in an extremely tragic wildfire when I was 12. Like I lost everything except the clothes I was wearing. It did not define me. It made me stronger. I took out over 80K of student loan debt to go to the schools I wanted to. I was smart, but I still didn’t realize that that monthly payment after college meant taking on two full-time jobs. Before I was a graphic designer I worked at Bloomingdales during the day and bartended at night in Hollywood to pay bills. I was tired, but it also made me stronger. There are so many more challenges I went through that make me who I am today. But there are so many more moments of success and celebration. And without all of it, I wouldn’t be here and who I am today.

My advice to anyone no matter where you are on your journey: Make sure you know why you are choosing what you are. When you doubt what you are doing, remember your why. You will make mistakes, always. Learn from them and let them be part of the fun of your journey. And listen to that voice in your gut and heart that tell you the Truth, no the voice in your head that tells you, you aren’t enough and you can’t. That one’s B.S. In the end, remember your why. It will give you life.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a certified holistic nutritionist, herbalist, and wellness advisor. I specialize in helping those who have tried everything to when it comes to issues like adult acne, painful periods and PMS, stress reduction, weight, anxiety and depression, alcohol and addiction, as well as those weekend warriors that want to run their first marathon or get faster.

In my work with clients, I use a powerful combination of food, herbs, supplements, and lifestyle habits to get to the root of what’s going on, not simply coving up symptoms. That might be hormone balancing, blood sugar regulation, liver detoxification, gut health, or a combination of the above – it’s all personalized to you. NO more medications or restrictive diets. Just holistic remedies so you can feel your best and live a fun life!

My mission is to help you get there on a more direct and less lonely path.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
Podcasts: The Living Experiment, Goop, That’s So Retrograde, MindBodyGreen, The LifeStylist, Joe Rogan Show

Books: The Disease Delusion by Jeffery Bland, Women, Food & Desire by Alexandra Jamieson and Traditions by Sally Fallon

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
All my own on my Instagram @nutritiondesigned

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