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This is my story about how I found my soul's purpose and changed my story through wellness.
For 10 years, I was a professional hairstylist. It was my greatest passion.
But when I turned 22 years old, my life completely changed.
One day in 2012, when I was working at a salon in Vancouver my health changed forever.
My eyes and throat began to swell, and I was struggling to see and to breath.
The next day, during a haircolour service, my body went into shock.
I began to have an asthma attack and my whole body became covered in hives.
I went to a doctor, they told me it was a normal allergic reaction and to take an antihistamine pill.
I took the pill, but the hives never went away and a rash spread up my chest, neck and onto my face.
After living in chronic pain for months, a client referred me to a naturopathic doctor.
When I went in they booked me an allergy test immediately.
They discovered I was allergic to just about EVERYTHING - from food to cleaning products.
I thought to myself, "How could this be? I have eaten these foods my whole life and worked with these chemicals for years without any problems." It was very confusing and it felt unfair.
The naturopath told me I had created an autoimmune disorder by working with toxic chemicals and eating so many allergenic foods my whole life (dairy, wheat, soy, peanuts, etc.)
I had no idea what to do, and for months afterward I continued to live/work as normal.
Every day that I continued was causing me physical and mental distress.
I felt broken, I thought I would suffer for the rest of my life and I wanted my health back.
At one point in 2014, my skin was so bad, it started to peel off my face.
I looked like a burn victim, and people would look at me horrified and ask me if it was painful.
YES it was painful! It hurt so bad, and it was affecting me on so many levels.
I couldn't explain the pain, but it was destroying me slowly.
After suffering for most of my early twenties with severe allergic reactions, I desperately needed a change. I tried every diet I could think of with little to no results, I stopped eating all of the foods I was allergic to and even quit working in salons. I just wanted to be able live my life again, but I knew I couldn't continue living the same way if I truly wanted to get better.
One day, a friend was telling me about the medical system they learned about in India, called Ayurveda.
They explained how they use the elements to figure out someone's Dosha (or constitution) in order to heal their health conditions using food as medicine.
This blew my mind and lead me to read books on Ayurvedic nutrition and Traditional Chinese Medicine as well.
Learning natural ways to heal myself was becoming my new passion.
In 2015, I decided to make a huge life change and I moved to Victoria to attend Pacific Rim College.
This school was a place where I could learn all about Holistic Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Within one year of school (focusing on Ayurveda & TCM), my symptoms were getting easier to manage.
I could finally feel my depression lifting. The deeper I went into my schooling and the more dietary & lifestyle changes I made, the more positive results I experienced.
Before long, I was learning how to manage and heal my autoimmune condition.
After the second year of school, I was starting to become a different person, I was becoming more confident in my ability to heal myself.
I could eat most things again without severe reactions, and I knew what I was putting in my body and the impact it was having.
I noticed my mind was changing as well. I was becoming conscious of how I designed my home environment, the products I was using, the quality of food I chose and even the way I cooked & ate. Everything mattered on a deeper level than ever before. Every move I made was intentional.
After 5 years invested into learning about health, I can say I have completely transformed.
I am so grateful for this journey because although it was challenging, it brought me to where I am today.
Today I have the knowledge and confidence to change my life for the better and I know it is my purpose to share this wisdom with others as well.
I have been fortunate to learn from so many incredible teachers, and now I am ready to teach you how to overcome your health conditions and create more wellness in your life.
I have now earned two diplomas as a specialist in Holistic Nutrition and Phytotherapy.
And as of Jan 1, 2021 I am officially a certified Personal Trainer.
With these skills, I am confident in my ability to guide you in transforming your mindset, body and lifestyle. I believe that if I did it, so can you!
Changing your life can be scary and we all need a little guidance in order to make lasting changes.
If you are ready, I look forward to the opportunity to help you take the next step for your health, level up your skillset and create the best life you can imagine for yourself.
You only get one body and one life to live, so what are you waiting for?
~ Elle Raevyn
Artwork by Emily Lux
If you've ever been sick, then you know that your health is priceless.
It is a fundamental need in order for us to feel out best and accomplish tasks each day.
Working with a health coach can help you understand what steps to prioritize in order to thrive.
When you choose to invest in your health, you invest in yourself, your future, your family, friends, business and all aspects of life.
When we feel good each day, we can do more of what we love.
When we wake up feeling refreshed, each day is an opportunity to be seized.
When we can lift heavy objects with ease, we feel powerful, strong and invincible.
When we feel unwell, we know what caused it and how to fix it.
Experience and education is the main reason I got into the field of alternative health care.
Two things I didn't have before, that are now the reasons I am feeling my healthiest.
As our coach, my goal is to teach you the basics so you can take your health into your own hands.
I want to teach you how to thrive so you can feel more confident every single day.
So why NOT invest in your health? You have nothing to lose, and so much to gain.
It's your life, and if you want to live your best life, then it's worth investing in.
I am so grateful that I took the steps to learn how to take care of my body & mind.
Every day I wake up grateful for this journey, because health is a journey, not a destination.
And you can walk the path of illness and disease or walk the path of self love and wellness.
HEALTH IS THE GREATEST WEALTH
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