Finding your balance with functional medicine

Welcome, friend!

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m Deborah.

I’m a naturopath and mama to one spirited little boy, and I’m on a mission to inspire your health and wellness by getting to the root cause of dis-ease.

I am not an influencer with a sales agenda, nor an expert with my head stuck in the science. Rather, I like to think of myself as your friend with a deep passion for wellness, who’s eager to share what I’ve learned so you can change your health for the better.

INTRO TO FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

Everything is rooted in Functional Medicine.

Here’s why…

These days, we aren’t taught a lot about how health really works – much less how our daily choices might lead to conditions as simple as acne or as complex as chronic disease. Which is what I want to change!

Functional Medicine is an approach to health that will empower you to become the best version of yourself.

True health is a culmination of your lifestyle habits that you engage in everything from what you consume to what you do. It also includes the way you think, connect and relate to the world around you. Health is dynamic – it constantly changes and adapts to our environment.

That’s why we need to cultivate our health on a daily basis – and why a one-size-fits-all or band-aid approach never works.

I believe the power of functional medicine lies in the ability to analyse how your body functions at an in-depth level, finding the root cause and encouraging your natural regenerative capacity (sometimes with a little extra help) to bring you back into balance.

INTRO TO FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE

Everything is rooted in Functional Medicine.

Here’s why…

These days, we aren’t taught a lot about how health really works – much less how our daily choices might lead to conditions as simple as acne or as complex as chronic disease. Which is what I want to change!

Functional Medicine is an approach to health that will empower you to become the best version of yourself.

True health is a culmination of your lifestyle habits that you engage in everything from what you consume to what you do. It also includes the way you think, connect and relate to the world around you. Health is dynamic – it constantly changes and adapts to our environment.

That’s why we need to cultivate our health on a daily basis – and why a one-size-fits-all or band-aid approach never works.

I believe the power of functional medicine lies in the ability to analyse how your body functions at an in-depth level, finding the root cause and encouraging your natural regenerative capacity (sometimes with a little extra help) to bring you back into balance.

MY HEALTH STORY

Living a healthy life isn’t supposed to be complicated.

But, it’s definitely been a journey to get here. Alongside my autoimmune diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes, I’ve struggled with a lot of gut issues, acne, hormonal issues, disordered eating, toxic overload, food reactions, chronic stress, finding balance, and self-love. Can you relate?

But in the end, my health challenges gave me the motivation to help others and have made me who I am today. The most important lesson I learned as I managed my health issues was this: balance is key.

I think the individuals who are most equipped to come alongside and guide us are the ones who have walked that path before. Which is why I always write about issues I’m familiar with.

I absolutely love sharing a functional medicine-based approach to health and wellness, but I also love sharing my journey in all its messiness and hoping it will give you the courage to share yours with me. I am far from perfect but that’s okay.

My Journey With Functional Medicine (and How it Changed My Life)

My upbringing was a little different than most. Along with my three brothers, I finished most of our education through home-schooling. It was pretty cool – we quite enjoyed our intimate class of just 4 students!

But, my true education in the world of natural medicine began a few years later, in 2009. At this time, my parents took us on a two-and-a-half-year journey around the world. Why? They were on a mission to create a documentary about “holistic cancer treatments”. It was an incredible experience and opened my eyes to the healing power of our bodies and nature.

The documentary included interviews with doctors and experts from all around the globe. These interviews awakened me to invaluable knowledge that ultimately solidified my dream to become the holistic practitioner I am today. In 2019, following my mum’s footsteps as a naturopath, I graduated university with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Naturopathy.

Over the past several years, I have helped many people find better options for managing their health. I’ve learned that whether we suffer from issues like mild acne or severe chronic health conditions, we all have one thing in common: the power to heal.

Meet You Truly Shine: My Passion Project and Your Guide to Living Well

In 2021, I finally founded my passion project, You Truly Shine, with the launch of my first eBook.

The health industry has turned into quite the money maker – giving you just enough information to keep you coming back or letting you spend hundreds on supplements often without any education as to what they do… To me, that never quite sat right. I personally like being able to make informed decisions about my own healthcare instead of blindly trusting someone with credentials. Does that make me weird? Maybe.

The problem is, a lot of information out there is confusing, overwhelming and a lot, part of some protocol or signature program, or just really complicated…

My goal with You Truly Shine is to educate YOU in a simple, straight forward and practical way.

So that you can find your own root causes – whether you work with a practitioner or not. I believe knowing what causes your health issues is the most empowering gift. These tools to prevent disease will stay with you your whole life, and you will even pass down to your own children.

Like I said before, I don’t think living a healthy life should be complicated. We just need to know what in our daily lives can promote disease and find alternatives to stay as healthy as possible. Living well can be simple. Let’s keep it that way.

Together let’s learn about the amazing human body, understand your unique root causes and ultimately take charge of your health, wellbeing and start SHINING!

Let’s get started!

Deborah

Let’s get personal!

A closer look at what inspires me to live my healthiest life…

I am…

A mama to a beautiful boy and it is truly one of my greatest achievements and joys. I want to be the role model he deserves.

I love…

Growing my own food, cooking being present, time with my son, the outdoors, laughing with my family, and going on adventures!

I live…

In Tasmania, Australia, on a small 5 acre hobby farm. It’s a place where the mountains and beach are within a close distance.

I believe…

In integrity. Living in alignment with what I teach is extremely important to me.

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Health isn’t about being perfect or clean all the time. It’s about having a resilient and balanced body so you can live life without constantly stressing or controlling your environment. I’ve been through it all— gut issues, acne, hormonal imbalances, disordered eating, autoimmune disease, toxicity, food reactions, chronic stress, and the never-ending battle of learning to love myself. Can you relate? 😬

When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 16, it sent me into a spiral of restrictive diets, vigorous supplementation, and obsessive thoughts. Letting go of strict health goals led me into another level of imbalance, or should I say, rebellion — a swing from one extreme to the next. It took a while, but I eventually found my own healthy balance. 🌿🌼

It’s hard to sift through all the BS and misinformation about health these days. ❌ For every search result that says something is good for you, there’s another saying it’s bad. That’s why I rely on common sense, or as I call it, “functional medicine” to get to the root of a health issue. Without complicating health, we can return to the sexy foundational practices that truly work.  It’s the things we do every day that have the most impact. Would you rather lead a lifestyle that promotes health or disease? The choice is yours. 💭 

You Truly Shine, is my passion project and a place where you can rediscover your own balance 🫶
Let’s talk about why reducing your exposure to environmental toxins is so important 🌱 

1. Your liver is your main detoxifier, always working hard to get rid of toxins in your body. But the more toxins you get exposed to, the harder your liver has to work, leaving less energy for other important tasks (such as keeping your blood sugar balance or processing hormones). Reducing toxins at home is the first (simplest) step!

2. Your endocrine system is like a conductor of a hormonal orchestra. But  toxins, aka endocrine disruptors, mess with this orchestra, causing hormonal imbalances and health issues. Decreasing your exposure to those endocrine disruptors is one of the best things you can do for your hormonal balance. 

Full elimination of toxins is impossible so that’s not the goal. And making too many drastic changes at once can be super overwhelming. So take it slow. The goal is to start making small changes that will begin to reduce your toxic load over time 💚
Exposure to morning sunlight is one of the most effective hormone balancing habits you can create. And it’s completely free! 👋 ☀️ 

This is because sunlight sets our circadian rhythm, or body clock. ⏰ Your circadian rhythm operates on a 24-hour cycle, and it doesn’t just impact how you wake up and fall asleep - it also helps maintain proper hormone balance, restful sleep, blood sugar balance, appropriate detoxification, and proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. 

How is your circadian rhythm disrupted? Well, a lack of natural light, poor sleep hygiene, stress and blue light exposure from screens.

Additionally, incorporating morning sunlight exposure into your routine not only helps regulate hormones and improve sleep but also boosts mood and energy levels throughout the day.

3 simple ways to reset your circadian rhythm and optimize hormonal health:

1. Go outside or open your window to soak up natural light exposure daily for at least 10-15 minutes. First thing in the morning, without sunglasses, is ideal. If you live in a dark place, light therapy boxes might be helpful to mimic natural light. 

2. Stick to timed routines. Go to bed, wake up, exercise, and set your meal times at roughly the same time every day. Start with one routine at a time! 

3. At night, limit sources of blue light. If possible, avoid screens 1 hr before bedtime.