Hi! I’m Nicole Evangelista, Food Intolerance + Non-diet Dietitian, and I have been through quite the gut health journey over the last decade
I tried a few elimination diet plans to try and fix my painful and persistent constipation and fatigue. Unfortunately the joke was on me, because the diets didn’t make a difference and instead led to an unhealthy obsession over every ingredient in every bite of food that went into my mouth.
I never left the house because of it. I didn’t feel like myself. After going to the bathroom I never felt “relieved” and I was feeling anxious, bloated, and depleted of energy. I knew there had to be another way.
Once I learned how the elimination diets were impacting my body and shutting down my digestive processes, I decided to stop. I had no idea what was I was going to learn next would change the trajectory of my life and career forever.
After doing some research and talking to a few colleagues, I decided to go back to the basics of biochemistry and here’s what I learned…
I realized that although I was eating nutrient dense foods, my body was in such a stressed out state that it couldn’t get those nutrients into my cells.
I learned all about what stress actually is and what leads to stress in the body. This way, I could reduce my stressors as much as possible.
Not only were there big nutrition changes I needed to make (eating more calories, for one), but I also discovered I had hidden stressors.
No wonder my body was having a hard time healing.
I’ve been where you are and I know what it feels like to be confused; as though you haven’t made any progress.
It doesn’t have to be this way for you. I’ve been able to restore daily (relieving!) poops, claim energy through-out the day as my reality, and feel amazing about going out to eat with friends.
Once I stepped out of my symptoms; I stepped into a new life where I could be present in life’s meaningful moments.
Yes this is your gut health but really, it’s a portal into the rest of your life.
How we can work together:
Certificate of Training in Integrative and Functional Nutrition, Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy
Certificate of Training in Integrative and Functional Nutrition, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Functional Lab Interpretation Training, Leveraging Labs with Kaely McDevitt RD
Intuitive Eating Self Study, Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole
Dietetic Internship, Virginia Commonwealth University Level 1 Trauma Unit
BS in Dietetics, James Madison University