The Wild Manifesto is a movement that teaches people how to heal themselves.
For people who just feel off, can’t figure out what’s wrong, or suffer from digestive problems, The Wild Manifesto will show you how to take healing into your own hands. It’s unlike any other platform, doctor, or health specialist because it’s run by me – a regular person that cured her own chronic pain and inflammation. By using plant-based foods and easy eastern practices, I healed my leaky gut, IBS, and an autoimmune disease.
I believe in plant-based, anti-inflammatory food, using science-based strategies, and building a mindset that’s conducive to healing. Not meds. Natural, non-invasive self-healing is possible and I break it all down into tangible, actionable steps that are simple to follow.
Why I feel called to do this work:
They say you need 10,000+ hours to master something and the only thing I’ve truly mastered is self-healing my chronic conditions. I am a self-taught nutritionist and I’ve deeply studied functional medicine, the microbiome, and gut health in attempts to desperately solve my own problems. I’ve racked up those 10,000 hours from learning the material, applying it to my own life, and then tweaking it to find an exact solution that works. My knowledge and experience is my gift I need to share with the world.
I lead this work because I know what it’s like to worry about having a strange disease when the doctors can’t diagnose you, the hardship of living with chronic pain and understanding the struggle to heal when it feels impossible. I’ve been there and I understand you. I am so obsessed with this work because I believe that healing is possible and I’ve done it. It’s my job to help you live a function, rad, life and share everything I know.
This is my story of how I spent 8 years trying to heal myself:
My journey started when traditional medicine could not figure out what was wrong. I had all these symptoms, but doctors just couldn’t connect the dots for me. Between the traditional and alternative health care system, and my own methodologies, I discovered I had an autoimmune disease – celiac disease (which means I’m #glutenfree forever), Raynaud’s disease (a lack of blood to my extremities), leaky gut, IBS, several severe allergies, and a fragile immune system.
Now, I live a functional life (and I’m so grateful for it!)
When I was sick, living in my body felt like this: (and hey – maybe you can relate!)
- Every time I ate, I felt sick. I had stomach pains, doubled over, and lay in the fetal position when it got bad.
- Achy joints. I used to wear knee braces on each leg in gym class and exercise was always uncomfortable.
- Lack of energy and constant fatigue. I was said, “I’m really tired” and tried to make up for it with caffeine, left events early, and sometimes couldn’t muster up the energy for daily life.
- Dull, constant headaches that lasted the entire day.
- Brain fog. Not mentally feeling like I had 100% of my mental capacity and alertness.
- Forever feeling bloated. I usually sucked in my stomach, because if I let it go, I legitimately looked pregnant – that is how bloated I was.
- Getting sick every month. I always picked up every flu and cold that went around. When I got sick, I felt wiped out. All I could literally do was lay on the couch and do absolutely nothing.
- Feeling sluggish. I felt like I was operating at 70% capacity every day.
- Insomnia and restless legs (a.k.a. moving around in bed and never finding a comfy spot, then have difficulties falling asleep).
- Bad acne, way past my teen years. Coverup and foundation were a constant shopping list item.
- Always being cold. I usually wore two pairs of socks in winter!
- Constipation. I would go once every 2-3 days. One time, I didn’t go for a week.
- Tingling in my hands and feet. They would also go completely white and numb. Plus, I had a difficult time feeling hot and cold.
- Feeling thirsty all the time. Sometimes, I’d drink a bottle of water every on the hour during the school day.
- Nutrient and vitamin deficiencies. I was anemic, and even though I took daily iron pills, I couldn’t increase my iron levels.
- Feeling depressed. I was also an emotional and binge eater.
- Very brittle nails that always chipped and cracked.
- Lastly, I was 30 pounds overweight.
So, I started with the traditional route to try and solve my stomach problems.
- I saw the GP.
- Gastroenterologists. Going to several to get different opinions.
- Two biopsies to take samples of my intestinal tissues. They said I “could” be celiac. Later results found I was celiac, but a long process for mixed results.
- An allergist. Strangely everything came back negative.
- Ultrasounds. Scanning my abdomen to look for anything. Nothing.
- Weekly lab work. Monitoring my IGA and IGG blood markers to look for thyroid problems, allergies, and checking for Crohn’s and colitis.
- Sports doctors, chiropractors, and physios for my achy joints.
- Neurologists. To check my nervous system and figure out the tingling in my hands and feet.
- Trips to the ER. When my stomach pain was unbearable, they thought I had a ruptured appendix multiple times, found nothing, and just gave me T3s and sent me home.
- Gynecologists. To see if the pain was coming from my reproductive system instead of my stomach, it wasn’t.
- And lastly, a $500 blood test through the US private health care system testing my anitbodies against 300 of the top allergens.
Then, I turned to the alternative side, because I wasn’t receiving the answers I needed. I tried:
- Traditional Chinese medicine.
- All the Chinese herbs.
- Massage therapists.
- Went to healers. Prayed. Chanted. Anything!
- Compression socks and ceramic socks for my lack of circulation.
- Naturopaths. Very helpful when the traditional system couldn’t tell me much. I learned I had a yeast overgrowth in my intestines, leaky gut, IBS, and that wasn’t absorbing my nutrients properly.
- Also, I took supplements galore. Turmeric, Reishi mushrooms, licorice… Sometimes up to 15 pills a day of various things to try and experiment. (Which is also hella expensive, but I was desperate – you know?)
- An elimination diet. Which changed EVERYTHING! I discovered my allergies to corn, soy, oats, dairy, and eggs through it. I would feel “funny” or “off” after eating certain things and get hives in my throat, so I experiment with taking things out of my diet for a month and then reintroducing them slowly to see what happened.
- Plus, I stopped drinking alcohol for good – even the gluten-free stuff.
- I took online courses on the microbiome and gut, did countless hours of research, read blogs, took out a thousand books from the library on autoimmune diseases and alternative practices. My mother, who comes from a science and pharmacology and dietetic background kindly did so much for this for me. (Eternally grateful for her!)
- Found The Wahls Protocol, written by Dr. Terry Wahls. AMEN. This lead to my “alternative” organic, nutrient-dense diet.
- Yoga. I started with hatha and yin yoga to soothe my stomach pains.
- Therapists. Talk about my eating habits and my deeper experiences leading me to binge eat.
- Practicing gratitude.
- Reading all the self-help books to support my mental perseverance, combat my inner negative self-talk, and encourage more mindfulness to achieve a more functioning life.
But honestly, what really shifted everything for me was food, my mindset, and practicing mindfulness.
My switch to plant-based, real food, straight from the earth allowed me to function like a normal human being, get out of bed, and thrive. What I eat, the ingredients I bought, and my attitude towards food completely altered my life. Eating a plant-powered, organic, gluten-free diet fueled me in a way I never thought was possible. I learned to cook delicious, amazing, food that healed me, in a way that traditional medicine could not achieve for me. Incorporating eastern practices like
Plus, incorporating eastern practices like yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and gratitude enabled me to thrive. Shifting my mindset was critical in order for me to leave those “oh poor me” downward spirals. I really do believe in mind and body healing – it goes together as one.
My wellness journey has been an 180-degree flip and I genuinely can’t believe that I am normal now, especially when I look back on my difficult days (where I was in ball, on the floor.) Now I live a full, rich, abundant life and I’m so grateful for it!
So, for those of you who are reading this and are going through a crazy, scary time, I’ve been there and I promise things can get better.
Peace & love,