My name is Meredith Rhodes and I’m a Madison, WI based Health Coach who is strongly informed by ancestral health. Here is my story.
In my mid-30’s, I noticed my weight creeping up on me. It seemed that my standard exercise routine and diet were no longer a good weight maintenance strategy. So I did what any woman in my position might do – I stepped it up at the gym. After 2 months of countless hour-long sessions on the elliptical, my efforts were rewarded with zero movement on the scale and severe hunger & exhaustion.
So, I figured that if I was to shake this extra weight, I needed to change my diet, since exercise alone didn’t do the trick for me. I joined Weight Watchers – which came highly recommended by my friends and family. My efforts over the course of the next 6 months rewarded me with ~20-25 pounds lost, and also a neurotic compulsion to record every ounce of food that passed my lips, fatigue, hair loss, an extra heartbeat, anxiety…
It was then that I realized that skinny does not equal healthy.
I routinely visited my doctor with stories of my heart fluttering and my hair falling out. Alas, she could not medically confirm that I was unhealthy – so she referred me to a psychiatrist. Awesome.
Personally, the hair loss scared me the most – I went to several doctors who tested my iron, my hormones, my thyroid… everything looked perfect to them. I was told it was because I lost weight, my body was re-equilibrating.
I knew something wasn’t right.
I am a scientist, and as such, I began to dive into the current research about nutrition. My relationship with food began to drastically change.
I now view food as ‘medicine’.
Within a year, I was able to heal my body with food. I have learned that our genes are not a death sentence, that we have more control over our health and longevity than we were taught to believe. This is so powerful, so hopeful.
I now effortlessly maintain my weight.
I have weaned myself from 2 prescription medications.
I have a full head of hair, and a cleaner bathroom sink 😉
I feel a sense of power and purpose.
I am no longer anxious.
My heart beats the way it was intended to.
I no longer have keratosis pilaris (or, bumpy arm-backs, as I used to call it).
I am no longer ravenously hungry, and can often skip a meal.
My hormones are now closer to balance, as evidenced by the reappearance of my period.
I have energy and drive to exercise.
And I’m passionate about sharing this message.
I only wish that I had realized the healing nature of food when I was attempting to have babies. I’m certain that my fertility issues would have been non-issues if I was nourishing myself like I am today. But I’m thankful of course, that my family will benefit, from this day forward.
Through my own self-experimentation, I found a passion for nutrition and fitness. I am certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Holistic Health Coach as well as through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Furthermore – I have a PhD in Geology and have working knowledge of evolutionary theory. Drawing on this base, I will help you create a completely personalized “roadmap to health” that suits your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and goals.
Are you curious about how health coaching can help you? Let’s talk. Schedule an initial consultation with me today.