Hello! I am Tracie Tipton and I love God, the hot sun, riding my bike, yoga, rock wall climbing and spending quality time with my friends. I am involved in Celebrate Recovery at my church as a small group leader, sponsor and the Encourager Coach for my leadership team. I am also a student of IIN and a geek at heart. I have worked in technology for the last 14 years and hope to trade in my fast-paced techy life and mad network engineer skills for the healing art of health coaching in the very near future. 40 is just around the corner for me and I have entered the happiest and most joyful season of my life, but it hasn’t always been this way …
My awakening to this new healthy lifestyle began with my own health crisis.
All of my adult life I have struggled with fatigue and achiness. It was a daily burden and I don’t remember a time of ever feeling good physically. I had been overweight since the age of 12 and at 29 years old, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and had to sleep with a CPAP machine – not comfortable at all!! The fatigue and achiness continued to worsen, my joints started swelling and hurting and at 36 years old I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
After years of dealing with fatigue, achiness, and the eventual diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, I began searching for natural solutions for these issues. I did not want to take the approach that my MDs were suggesting, which included a drug that could cause blindness or chemotherapy drugs. Sometimes I think their “cure” is far worse than the disease itself … at least in the long run. Through a diet overhaul suggested by my chiropractor, I was able to get the RA into remission within 4 months. This journey began in 2009 and since that time I have been learning more and more about how we feed ourselves and the diseases that can be eliminated by a clean, healthy diet. In this process I also lost over 100 lbs and no longer require the use of the CPAP machine.
My MDs didn’t believe me that food was making me sick. My primary said he didn’t believe that food allergies would have anything to do with fatigue and the rheumatologist said, “you could always start eating gluten again to see if the symptoms come back ..” They must have lost their minds.
This is what I believe: The standard American diet is poison. Our bodies are remarkably and wonderfully made – very resilient, but can only take so much poison. Your body, the one God gave you to take care of, has a threshold of stress (environmental, emotional, and physical) that it can take and once it reaches that threshold it starts screaming and eventually shuts down. We need to listen. Remove the stress and it begins to function again. Remove the poison – processed food, emotional baggage, etc.
In the course of regaining my health, I’ve also had to work through emotional eating issues, depleted neurotransmitters (serotonin and dopamine), adrenal exhaustion, thyroid and sex hormone issues. This body is returning to balance! Arete!
This journey has ignited in me the passion to help others – so began my quest to educate myself. I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and began my studies in May 2012. The education I’m receiving at IIN, plus overcoming my own health issues, as well as involvement in CR have put me in a great position to support others in their own journey of health and wellness.
I call my practice Arete Nutrition after learning of this word “Arete” which is Greek for integrity … “living at your highest potential moment to moment.” It’s the concept of bringing life into balance and living up to your true self. Actions and belief system in harmony … join me in the journey of living in integrity.
Visit my health coaching website at: arete-nutrition.com