Hi, and Welcome to The Health Sprout!
I'm Laura Gutierrez, a Certified Holistic Nutritionist who is passionate about helping you become the best version you can be! I understand that everyone has different needs depending on your current health state, resources, cultural background, and life stage. I love the diversity and aim to make healthy eating and living accessible and realistic for all, not to mention delicious and educational!
I graduated from The University of Toronto with a double major in English Literature and Anthropology, and a few years later went on to study Holistic Nutrition at IHN or The Institute of Holistic Nutrition.
So, why did I become interested in holistic nutrition? (Good question!)
It started when I was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 12. I was scared, confused, and anxious, as was the rest of my family who had never even heard of epilepsy or seizure disorders. For many years I struggled while coping with a condition which is said to be chronic. I was put on medications which had side effects and made me feel even more anxious and depressed. Thankfully, I found a medication which did work for me and controlled my seizures, something I am eternally grateful for. However, it seemed that every time I went to see my doctor once or twice a year, they would check if the medication was still working, do a 2 minute neurological exam, and answer any quick questions I had, and that was it! See you next year.
I understand medical professionals only have a limited amount of time due to their vast demand, but I felt like many other parts of me were being ignored. Fast forward a few years and I began to take control of my own health. I read about nutrition and foods which could help me. And after quitting my full time job, I went to study Holistic Nutrition full time! I have benefited greatly from learning about how food can heal you, as well as what supplements can do to give you a boost! And I wish I had known about this years before!
Now I want to share my knowledge with you.
I don't know if you can relate to being diagnosed with a chronic condition, or maybe you just want to have more energy, mental clarity, lose extra weight, and be the best version of you. I would love to help out!
Epilepsy ended up being a teacher for me; it lead me to my path, and apart from nutrition, I am also a huge fan of meditation, fitness, and spending time doing what you love.
So excited to have you here and thank you for taking the time to read.