Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay Sherry.
Lindsay, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In my late 20’s I started to develop some symptoms that brought me into my doctor’s office. I had some black patches that were forming on my cheeks and forehead, I was also extremely fatigued to the point that I kept a pillow and blanket under my desk at my office and I would sleep during the lunch hour just to muster up enough energy for the afternoon. I had trouble driving for longer than 20 minutes at a time and would often have to pull off the road to take a nap. I also had all kinds of digestive issues. After running some basic bloodwork, my doctor’s office called to tell me, “Good news, you’re perfectly normal. It must be stress and aging.” That’s right at the tender age of 27 where I was being told – I was just getting old!
This led me on almost a 10-year search for answers. I started with the traditional route of visiting multiple doctors across the country (from Los Angeles to Washington DC). I saw specialists and even dermatologists for my skin condition. I had CT scans done, MRIs, and more blood drawn then I care to remember. Each time the results were the same – I was “normal”. I started to think I was crazy or even a hypochondriac, but I still couldn’t shake the feeling that something wasn’t right. Finally, at about the age of 34, I realized that I needed to try something new.
I had always struggled with food. In total, I had dealt with binge eating, emotional eating, overeating and bulimia for nearly 18 years of my life. In my 20’s I was very unhealthy. I smoked a pack of cigarettes a day, I drank a bottle of wine a night, I ate tones of fast food and although I had kicked my cigarette habit (for the most part) by my 34th birthday, I was still a heavy drinker and instinctually I just knew I needed help with my food choices.
After talking it over with my husband we decided that in the summer of 2011 I would go back to school for nutrition, while still working my day job as a manager in sales and marketing. My initial goal was only to get answers for myself and to take this journey as a step towards beginning to heal my own destructive relationship with food and my body. Little did I know at the time, it would become so much more than that!
Over the next couple of years, I did receive several answers. I was able to help guide my doctors towards a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (and the black patches on my face were Malasma). Within 6 months of being diagnosed with my autoimmune condition, and by using “food as medicine”, I was able to take my antibodies from 712 to under 30 and have been able to maintain those levels ever since. Also, my skin completely cleared and I had more energy then I had ever had in my life!
What was even more powerful than any of this though was that I had ignited this passion in me that I had no idea was there. To learn about food and to see how destructive our modern day, processed foods are and to be able to make that shift from using “food as poison” (for so many years) to “food as medicine” – the results across my entire life were profound. Not only was I healthier, but I was happier in every facet of my life.
In 2013 I quit my corporate job and started Real Healing Nutrition, a nutrition clinic located in San Diego that focuses on teaching individuals how to use food as medicine and to heal from the root cause. Since then I’ve lectured across the US and into Mexico on over 70 different health-related topics. I’ve given more than 500 lectures to nearly 200 companies and have worked with thousands of individuals to help them heal and thrive in a lasting way.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not at all – I’ve been sick. I’ve struggled with eating disorders, I’ve dealt with addictions. It’s been a tremendous journey of struggle and success. I wrote about all of this in the previous question. Please let me know if you need more detail.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Real Healing Nutrition story. Tell us more about the business.
Real Healing Nutrition (RHN) is a nutrition clinic located in San Diego that focuses on teaching individuals how to use food as medicine and to heal from the root cause. We do this through a few different avenues – In clinic, or in office, one-on-one, I also lecture to nearly 200 companies primarily located in San Diego but also across the US and I conduct 5-week nutrition programs for many of these same organization. I’m also a frequent speaker at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico.
What I am most proud of is the impact this work has had on others. When I have an employee tell me that their child is sleeping better, their wife is feeling better and they have more energy and have lost weight since they’ve been coming to my lectures, or when I get to finish a 5-week program with a group of employees (whether it’s 20 or 200) they will often tell me, with tears in their eyes, that this experience has not only changed their life but has impacted their whole family – that feeling is something I’ve never experienced prior to RHN and something I still to this day cannot articulate. It’s amazing!
I think what makes RHN different is that we do have a presence with so many companies, especially here in San Diego. I believe that if we’re going to turn around our current state of health in America it isn’t going to be done in the medical clinics, but in our offices.
Most of our medical doctors are paid based on the number of patients they see in a day, not the number of patients who get better. Coming from my management background, I see an immediate conflict of interest here. Patients may want to get better and doctors may want them to get better too, but the truth still is, they get paid the more they see that patient or others like them.
In the workplace, we don’t have that same conflict. Employees want to feel good, employers want their employees to feel good (they’re more productive, they don’t spend as much on absenteeism let alone presenteeism) and so many employees still go into the office to do their work. It’s a captive audience, with everyone on the same page when it comes to health and wellness.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
It’s cliche to say, but I am a firm believer that you create your own luck. The more authentic I am to who I am, the more I come from a place of helping others and doing the right thing, the better my luck gets.
- Website: www.realhealingnutrition.com
- Instagram: @realhealingnutrition
- Facebook: facebook.com/realhealingnutrition/