Today we’d like to introduce you to Georgia Grey.
Georgia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In March 2014, I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where I studied over 100 dietary theories. Shortly thereafter, I launched my first Health Coaching business, “Gluten-Free G.” As someone who lives with Celiac Disease, I related to the complexities of adopting a gluten-free lifestyle. I coached those recently diagnosed with gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease. I was successful and loved diving into my new nutrition career.
In October 2014, I started noticing swelling in my left pinky joint. It hurt some mornings, but the swelling fluctuated and I never thought much of it. In February 2015, I fell skiing and broke my right wrist. While at the hand specialist, I asked them to take a look at the strange swelling occurring on my left finger. They told me it was swollen from impact and quickly put me in a splint. All along, I had that “gut” feeling that it was not from impact, but rather there was something going on inside my body. I asked for a blood test, curious if I had Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was quickly shot down, and told there was “no way” I had RA, and if I did, that “they wouldn’t put me on the medicine anyway because then I couldn’t get pregnant.” My opinions were dismissed, however, the hand specialist agreed to a blood test since it seemed he did not know what else to do.
A few days later, I received a voicemail saying I did indeed have the RA enzymes in my blood work. I was in shock and tears, wondering how at the age of 24, I could have arthritis. I felt even more terrified knowing RA was an autoimmune disorder that had “no cure,” and was something I had to live with “forever.” I reluctantly scheduled an appointment with a rheumatologist, who immediately wanted to put me on an immune suppressant drug that could potentially affect my fertility. I turned down the medication, left in tears, and was determined to heal myself on my own.
I spent the fall and winter of 2014/2015 with a narrow focus. I cut out all sugar, dairy, gluten, caffeine, alcohol, grains, nightshades, you name it. I refused medicine and took only natural supplements. I fiercely trained for the New York Marathon. I ran a minimum of 8 miles a day to deal with stress and sometimes up to 20 miles after a full day of teaching first grade. I forced myself to put away the laundry every Sunday night and be in bed by 8:00. I thought I was eating right, exercising right, and being organized in the right way, but in reality, I was miserable.
God, The Universe, Love-whatever you want to call it- will have things happen to us until we finally learn what we are supposed to. Even after a broken wrist, an RA diagnosis, and Celiac Disease, I still was not in tune with my Divine Self, nor was I slowing down. In January 2015, I visited a homeopathic doctor who had a “feeling” that he needed to test me for Lyme disease. Sure enough, Lyme disease showed up through my screening. This time, I didn’t cry or flinch. I felt numb to yet another “bad thing” happening. A week later, I jumped off a cliff skiing (not as cool as it sounds) and tore my ACL.
A broken wrist, RA, Celiac, and Lyme disease were not all enough to make me stop, slow down, and take better care of myself. At the time, skiing was everything to me. It was what I identified with, it kept me sane, it was a time outside, time alone, and time with friends. And now, the escape was gone and all I could do was face myself. My surgery and recovery process was nothing glamorous. It was painful, lonely, and I felt like I could not take one more diagnosis. Since my body was in shock from the surgery, my Lyme disease (along with three of the Lyme co-infections) reared their ugly heads.
This time, I had no choice but to slow down. I could not walk for a couple of weeks. The way I fell bruised my knee bones so badly I was told I should not run anymore. Running, skiing, moving quickly-all my “escapes” and identities were stripped from me.
It was not an overnight process, and I’m still learning today, but it was during those dark, painful times I had to make a choice. I had to make a choice to heal myself. And the only way to heal me was to love and accept myself. I accepted my autoimmune diseases. I accepted that I could no longer run. I accepted that I was single at the time. I accepted when I gained some weight before the surgery and loved myself when I lost too much after the surgery. I accepted that I made a mistake to jump off a cliff. And with all that acceptance finally came a pure love of myself that set me on the journey of whole body healing.
The largest silver lining of all was that my health journey led me to start my next nutrition business, WBH Nutrition Co. Even with a nutrition degree, after I was diagnosed with autoimmunity and Lyme Disease, I felt entirely helpless. I create programs to help those with autoimmunity, Lyme, gut issues, inflammation, and even weight loss. I am grateful for what I went through because it ultimately helps me help other people. While food is obviously a major factor in what I do, teaching others how to take care of themselves in another huge concentration.
I eased into my business part-time starting in April 2017 while still teaching first grade. Now, in June of 2019, I am proud to say I am full time with my holistic nutrition business and ready to work with you!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with WBH Nutrition Co. – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
WBH Nutrition Co. is a holistic approach to nutrition. I specialize in autoimmune nutrition, Lyme Disease, gut health, chronic inflammation, food allergies/sensitivities, self-care, and weight loss. I work with clients one on one, giving them an individualized plan and approach to nutrition depending on what they need. I don’t believe in a “one size fits all” approach.
My business is unique because although autoimmunity is on the rise beyond belief, there is not much help or information out there. It is special for me to be able to guide someone through a scary and lonely time of dealing with invisible but chronic illnesses. Another aspect that sets me apart is that I myself struggle with autoimmunity. I feel it helps my clients open up since they know I truly understand what they are often going through.
I am most proud of sharing my story. I kept my health struggles secret for so long. It was freeing to be vulnerable with people through my blog and Instagram about what I face with chronic illness. The best part was the support I received along the way!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My future of WBH Nutrition Co. is thrilling and exciting! The biggest change is that I am now full time with my business! I taught first grade for seven years. It was the only career I knew and something I was comfortable in. However, after my autoimmune diagnosis and graduated from nutrition school, I built my business on the side for two years.
I finally chose to take the leap of faith and dig into my practice full time. I am ecstatic to spend my days coaching full time.
- 45 minutes for $90
- 20 minute check in session for $45
- 5 discounted pack of sessions for $399
- Website: wbhnutritionco.com
- Phone: 3033455808
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @wholebodyhealing
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wholebodyhealing303
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/georgiapgrey/