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I’m Amanda, an Integrative Dietitian with a functional approach to wellness. I’m going to teach you how to live a non toxic life, inside and out.

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About Me

Hi! I’m Amanda Montalvo, an Integrative Dietitian with a passion for non toxic living and a balanced life.

I have been on my health journey for a while now. The phrase optimal health has meant so many different things to me.

I have gone from thinking that health meant I needed to have a thin, toned, but most importantly small body, to realizing that health is so much more than physical.

I didn’t understand my body or what it was trying to tell me. I was so out of touch with myself mentally and physically. All I knew was that I placed all of my self worth in what I looked like. I couldn’t even fathom not tracking my food intake and just eating according to my hunger cues. It was completely foreign to me and I was so scared I would gain weight. The idea of just eating whatever I felt like seemed insane (yet somehow bingeing on food when feeling anxious wasn’t..totally fine). Luckily, I gave intuitive eating a chance and have never felt better or been less stressed around food.

 

Unfortunately, I’m not the only one that has felt this way. I can’t even begin to count the number of women I have worked with that have these same struggles. It breaks my heart, but being able to help them helps put it back together and keeps me motivated to change the standard.

After I started the healing process for food and body image issues, I began to develop digestive and hormonal dysfunction.

It hit me out of nowhere. I didn’t feel like myself, had NO energy, and didn’t want to get out of bed. This was not me. 

Not to mention eating out was a literal nightmare, because I had no idea how my stomach would react to food. I didn’t understand why I was dealing with all of this. Then I began to learn about the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenals and it all started to make sense. I didn’t realize that stress on the body isn’t just perceived stress, but that there are also hidden stressors in the body that add to this. Oh, and that I can’t actually do and be everything. Who knew?

 

What were some of my hidden stressors most likely from? Like many other women, I went on the pill at a very young age (14) for acne. I also took tetracycline, an antibiotic prescribed to me by a doctor, for 2 years. TWO YEARS. Sorry, I’m still not over this. No one told me about the risks or possible side effects of the pill or the antibiotics. When I went off the pill 7 years later I’m pretty sure I got whiplash from all of the crazy symptoms (I will write a blog about how I healed my skin and continue to manage having acne prone skin). The pill and antibiotics had a huge impact on my liver and gut health. This along with increased life stress was when I broke. I had severe adrenal dysfunction and had to make some serious change. Luckily these changes have led to a career in functional medicine and helping others.

When I started studying functional medicine and addressing my gut health, hormones, and detoxification was when I started making real change.

 

I had to learn to keep digging and get to the root of my problems. Symptoms are your body communicating with you and telling you that something isn’t right. I think learning that no one knows my body like I do was one of the most valuable lessons that I could have gotten from my health journey. One that I hope to teach others. To trust in themselves and know that they hold the keys to their success.

I now live a non toxic life inside and out. What does this mean?

It means I’m mindful of the food I eat as well as the environment that I create for myself both physically and mentally.

You can’t just focus on food. There are so many other factors in our lives that we can change that have a profound impact on our overall health. When you learn to live a non toxic life you learn true balance and grace.

I continue to work on my own health and happiness on a daily basis and help others do the same. If you can relate and are tired of being tired all of the time and not feeling like yourself click below to schedule a discovery call. I would love to chat and see how I can support you in becoming the best version of yourself.

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Credentials:
Registered Dietitian
Certified Nutritionist
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P)
Certificate of Training in Integrative and Functional Medicine
Certificate of Training in Advanced Sports Nutrition

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