I believe in the power of clean, whole, unprocessed, quality food. Food is fun, colorful, curious, satisfying and delicious as it is nutritious. Food brings families, friends and communities together and bonds us in the human experience like few other things can in life.
I believe our bodies are a gift, designed for expression of movement, and we honor and nourish our bodies by regular varied activities.
I believe that one's mind and one's body are not separate entities that should be treated in isolation. A primary keystone of good health lies in recognizing and honoring that connection between the mind and the body.
I believe that each person is unique, and while there are many basic tenets of holistic nutrition shared in common, individual nutrition is a very personal experience. I would be honored to help you design a nutritional style that fits your life, honors your mind and body, and helps you to achieve your personal nutrition goals.
You see, my struggles with my health started when I was around 14 years of age. Once puberty hit, my world changed drastically.
Painful periods and severe acne came round like clockwork each month. The older I got, the worse it became.
Regular trips to the doctor for acne, yeast and urinary tract infections resulted in a systematic assault from antibiotic prescriptions that left me vulnerable to more illness and locking me into a regular cycle of destruction of my gut flora and immunity. The doctors cycled me through different antibiotics when the old standbys seemed to not work anymore, and prescribed birth control pills and finally Accutane when nothing else could calm the acne.
Then I started to lose my hair. The doctor determined that I was being to rough with my hair pulling and diagnosed traction alopecia. I was given prescription hair gels and creams that did nothing for me.
Later I started having problems with my low back area. Pain so excruciating it left me bedridden for months, and unable to walk many days. I saw doctor after doctor, and nobody could figure out what was wrong with me. I was prescribed pain pills and sent home. These were times of deep despair for me as a young, single mother who was struggling to raise a young, active boy.
But I have never been one to give up easily.
I did not know what I needed to do, but I did understand that everything I had tried before had failed me in returning to health.
I started taking courses in nutrition at work and at my local community college in the late 90’s. Talk about an “AH-HA” moment. This was not the stuff I had heard about; in fact, I had been taught little to nothing about the power of food and proper nutrition in school.
These nutrition classes forever changed my relationship with food and my health.
I changed the way we ate and started eating real unprocessed food. I developed my cooking skills and started to enjoy creating healthy meals in the kitchen.
I educated myself on the chemicals in my personal care and household products and started making cleaner choices for my body and the environment.
I gave up my cigarette habit and used exercise as a distraction every time I had a nicotine craving.
After some time had went by, I suddenly realized that I was not sick anymore. I no longer felt pain in my back, my acne disappeared and some of my hair was starting to grow back. I was thriving once again! Changing my food and exercise helped me to transform my health!
This was so exciting to me that I wanted to share it with anyone and everyone who would listen. The last few years have left me contemplating on how I could be of service to others with the knowledge that I have accumulated. I decided five years ago that it was time for a change.
I enrolled in the Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition.
At the time that I enrolled in Bauman, my lifestyle was starting to overtake some of the health benefits I had achieved. I was working too much, for too long in a high stress job. I was exhausted and depleted and was starting to experience new issues with my health and my hair started falling out again. I went through my day on autopilot before I collapsed as soon as I got home; spent from trying to “fake it till I made it” as a leader of a company’s accounting close. I was sleeping maybe four hours a night. I really did not have any energy to take on a formal education, but instead of quitting my school, I quit my job and took the time off to finish my Holistic Nutrition Consultant program in late 2018.
The holistic nutrition program provided me with the science and an in-depth understanding of food, nutrition, lifestyle, and mindfulness aspects that helped me bridge the gaps that I needed to rebuild my own health and wellness. Today I am better than ever, and the learning continues. It is an exciting time to be in the health field.
I began working with clients in the local community almost immediately after graduation and am finding joy in helping others to achieve their health goals. In May 2020, I also became Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition through the National Association of Nutrition Practitioners (NANP).
If you are ready to transform your health, I would like to help you. I want to help you achieve the goals you set for yourself to help you look your best, feel energetic and live a healthful life.
Contact me, Sonya Matthysse today for a 20-minute consultation to get started. You only have one life, so why not make it purely your best?
In Pure Health,
Restorative Wellness Practitioner - Level 2 (RWP)
Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition ®
Certified Nutrition Consultant (CNC)
Purely My Life Nutrition + Wellness