Hey, Lady. I’m Liz. Welcome!
We don’t know each other…yet, but I’m pretty certain you’re a badass. The kind that is just as devoted to her greatness and her personal growth as she is to her loved ones, her career, and everything that matters in life.
Truth is, you can’t help but feel called to do whatever it takes to live your version of “the dream” and to always find a way to be your best and feel your best. But not gonna lie, that can feel like a lot to juggle, right?
I created All Things Liz Loves to lighten up that juggling act, to take all that wellness research off your plate and hand it to you in one package tied up with a goddamn bow. Because you deserve simple and straightforward.
If you’re wondering how this whole idea of mine came to fruition, take a second to refill your coffee cup and get cozy because I’ve got a doozy of a story for you.
I grew up with a fascination for the human body, illness, and healing. Might seem weird for a kid, but it makes total sense considering both my parents were in the medical field. The traditional approaches of medication and operations were normal to me, and I believed I could trust in that philosophy to keep me well for a long time.
But in 2010, my outlook drastically changed. You see, I had been pretty healthy most of my life. But back then, I started experiencing extreme fatigue and pain out of no where. After many visits to doctors and specialists, and a whole plethora of tests, it was determined that my gall bladder was the issue and needed to be removed.
That’s when everything started to get messy.
While the surgery went fine, the pain and fatigue I’d been experiencing did not go away. And after further investigation, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and prescribed Lyrica to manage my symptoms. Cue the up, down, and life-threatening journey I began with medication.
Basically, these medications would work for about 30 days. And when they stopped working, my doctor would double the dosage, which left me feeling like a doped up zombie sitting in her cubicle with drool dripping down her chin.
Next up was Cymbalta. After taking that bad boy for about 3 months, I was rushed to the emergency room and hospitalized for a week because of liver failure. No kidding. Turned out, the Cymbalta had been incredibly toxic for my body and I needed to stop taking it immediately.
What followed was the return of my Fibromyalgia pain, Cymbalta withdrawal headaches that felt like electric shocks to my brain, fatigue from drug-induced hepatitis, and depression. To say I was traumatized would be an understatement.
When I was finally able to function coherently, it was very clear that this whole medication thing was not going to work for me. I had to find another way, and fast. So, being the proactive kind of gal I am, I hired a life coach to help me untangle this knot of challenges and make a game plan.
Truth was, my career at the time was hanging by a dang thread because of how much time I’d taken off to deal with my health issues. I was one lost lady, and I needed major guidance and support to figure out how to move forward.
In our sessions, my coach reminded me of the core interests and passions I’d had all my life: nutrition, health, and children’s education (I’d been working in education for years). And it ignited this energy inside me to search for a career that aligned with what I loved.
That’s when I stumbled upon the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Pouring through the words of the school’s website practically had me jumping for joy because it felt like they were written for me. Enrolled. Done and done.
I was so excited to learn about holistic healing and nutrition on a deeper level. And as we dove into the curriculum, hitting on the impacts of diet on chronic issues, I decided to experiment with going gluten-free. Um, GAME CHANGER.
Literally—and I kid you not—within 5 days, I felt my Fibromyalgia pain reduce by 70%, and within 6 months, my symptoms were GONE. I was not only giddy with excitement and gratitude, but I was blown away that my doctors had never suggested diet changes once. My rheumatologist even scoffed at the idea and told me that the “evidence of positive impact was purely anecdotal.”
Needless to say, from that point forward, I was a believer in the power of nutrition to heal the body and even more excited to explore other natural forms of healing, which had me stepping further and further away from the world of conventional medicine.
Before I graduated from IIN, I’d built a thriving coaching practice and later went on to write my first children’s book, Dragon Eyes. Through the twists and turns that often come along with any career, I went from working at a college to being a celebrity personal chef to later working as a fulltime employee at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
It’s my dream to share everything I’ve learned with the go-getter ladies that need it most so that they can easily grab the simple, straightforward, and current heath info they need to live with natural vibrancy, and then get on with living their awesome lives.
May the golden nuggets you find here educate and inspire you every day. They’re pretty epic, if I do say so myself.
With love and gratitude,