Hi, I am Gwen Cottingham a Registered Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach. My passion is to provide simple and nutritional solutions with “no gimmicks” to enable people to have a healthier lifestyle that is sustainable. It is time to bring the fun back into real food and bring the family back into the kitchen.
My story begins in my early 20’s. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after a miscarriage and food allergies to just about everything under the sun. In addition to the food allergies I was also severely positive for many seasonal allergies. I was placed on Synthryoid and took this medication until I was in my 40’s. Being on this medication many changes occurred to my body, both internally and externally. The biggest was the weight gain. Regardless of what I tried, I was unsuccessful in meeting my goals. Their were different diets and I even exercised my little heart out only to feel frustrated and a failure. After having my second child, I never gained any additional weight from this point, but it took me over 20 years before I lost anything at all. To make matters worse, I began getting bad side effects that were negatively impacting my quality of life and contributing to my depression and unhappiness. This all resulted in me developing Hashimoto’s, Syndrome X and many other autoimmune disorders, 5 in total.
Enough was enough! I was tired of looking and feeling FAT! Of feeling unhealthy!
My relationship and mindset about nutrition and health was very negative and was continuing to become worse. I knew I had to do something. I had trusted in our conventional medical system but it was not enough. This is when I started to seek out non-conventional medicine. I realized that having a happy and healthy lifestyle required the right mindset while combining both conventional and non-conventional methods.