Integrative Nutrition Health Coach empowering you through mind, body, soul nourishment and intuitive healing.
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I've been where you are right now. Living through the pain, the depletion, the never-ending "am I going to be able to make it through the day, today?" or the "no one believes me anyways." Though I'd been suffering from chronic illness since I was about 8 years old, when I reached my early twenties, I thought, "better hustle through it!"
So, I hustled.
I hustled, threw myself into workaholic tendencies, 13+ hour days, and spent hours in Los Angeles traffic, all fueled by cups of caffeine, sugar to get me through, and alcohol to cope. But this lifestyle was finally tipping me over the edge. This lifestyle was killing me.
I was exhausted, depressed, depleted, dizzy, anxious, nauseous, and suffering from diarrhea, brain fog, and fatigue, every single day. My body was screaming for help, but it wasn't until I found myself unable to walk or get out of bed, when I truly listened.
After what felt like a lifetime of being told nothing was wrong with me, I was finally diagnosed with SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth), Candida, H. Pylori (pre-stomach cancer), C. Diff (an infection that can become fatal), malnutrition absorption, dysbiosis, and motility malfunction (the inability to digest food). My naturopath looked me dead in the eyes, and told me it was a miracle I was alive and functioning. The fear and realization of my diagnoses settled in, flipping my whole world inside out. But, these diagnoses ended up being the greatest gift I could have ever been given.
With great intention, I embraced a new life. I embraced a holistic way of living, intertwining my naturopathic treatment and remedies with plant food as medicine, movement as soul and body nourishment, creativity as energetic stimulation, and nurturing relationships and spirituality as connection. I not only embraced my new life, I embraced myself.
Two years of intense healing and therapies later, I continued embracing myself, by embracing my love of learning from those wiser than me. So, I became a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach through IIN. Craving more, I then became certified in Plant Based Nutrition through T. Collin Campbell’s Nutrition program at eCornell, honoring my journey with plant food as medicine, along with my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Certification.
But, these are just labels. These are pieces of paper that say, “Absolutely, I can help you.”
What I need you to understand, what I really want you to know is, today, I am vibrant and alive. I feel radiant, energetic, and aligned, a place I never thought I could reach. And I believe, with every fiber of my being, you have the power to be, too. By taking a holistic approach to healing and living, with empowerment and intention, I believe we can bring you to your Highest, most radiant Self and create a beautiful, vibrant life, perfectly carved and painted for you.
At the age of 22, I found myself knocking on death’s door.
Most of my youth and early adult life were spent battling my body. Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, brain fog, low energy, chronic pain, and depression had taken their toll. But this was different. This time, my illness became so depleting I’d lost my ability to speak without slurring my words. I was unable to walk without shuffling my feet. At 89 pounds, I could hardly stand without finding bruises on the bottom of my feet. And no matter what time of day it was, it took every ounce of strength and energy to pull my body off of the couch or out of bed. I was withering away.
Years of chronic illness, excruciating pain, unanswered questions, pharmaceutical pills, and endless doctors’ visits had taken their toll. Reeling in a downward spiral of isolation, self degradation, and hopelessness, I thought, “This is it. If you’re going to take me, just take me already. Please. Make it quick.”
But something inside me pulled me out; a deep, inner Knowing that this moment, right here, all of these years spent battling my body and mind were meant for more. From that moment on, I knew I would dedicate the rest of my life to healing not only myself, but others.
Awakening, comforting, validating, eye opening, and fun.