CGP, CIHC, FNE, AADP
My name is Karen Bartley-DiBrango. I am a Certified Gluten-free Practitioner, Certified International Health Coach and Certified Functional Nutrition Educator. I have spent the past decade transforming my world (mind, body, spirit). With clean eating, Functional Nutrition and health education, nutraceuticals, meditation, physical activity, a 100% gluten-free lifestyle, minimal animal products and lots of self-love, I was able to overcome life-threatening inflammation, reverse my Fibromyalgia, and put my rare disease into remission.
At my absolute worst, I was in such chronic pain I could not participate in many activities of daily life. As a wife and mom of three, I was more than motivated to turn my life around. I had always been what I felt was pretty health conscious. I taught water fitness and aerobics classes when in college. I did water therapy for seniors and pregnant mamas and I worked out six days a week! Little did I know a tiny little thing called GLUTEN was a big issue in my body. I had been really sick before, but told I didn't have Celiac Disease. I had gotten really itchy, wheezy and rashy before, but told I didn't have a wheat allergy. I knew enough after trial and error that I needed to avoid gluten. But guess what? That wasn't enough; I was still suffering from extreme fatigue, joint pain, tenderness and itching.
I became so ill I was on medical leave from my teaching career. Not one to sit idle, I went back to school. I was determined to solve my own medical mystery! Once I became a Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach and a Certified Gluten-free Practitioner, I learned that gluten issues don't just have to occur in the gut. I found out that gluten can affect all of our body's systems and if left untreated, gluten issues can lead to autoimmune diseases! I set out on a deep dive to discover my body's relationship with gluten! I studied at the Functional Nutrition Alliance and learned all about the extensive interconnectedness, the science and the relationships between all of our body systems.
I utilized Vibrant Wellness Labs to test out my theory; my body doesn't like gluten, no matter what previous medical tests declared. The results of my WHEAT ZOOMER proved to me that even though I had been gluten-free for 10 years, I was still getting "glutened" (likely through medications, supplements, cross-contamination, personal-care products). I discovered that I also still suffered from leaky gut syndrome and leaky brain (think brain fog). I was amazed to find out this information as I had worked so hard to stay gluten-free. On the rare occasion I had ingested gluten, I suffered for a solid week with intense brain fog, fatigue, joint pain and tenderness. Notice I didn't mention anything gut related. My issues weren't always landing me in the bathroom! Through diligent work with my specialists, my own personal detective work, getting educated on this precise issue, I am now repairing my system and feeling better than I have in a long time!
I am excited to work with motivated clients, like you, wanting to take CONTROL of their health. Together, we will explore things like unexplained food sensitivities, brain fog, bloating, joint pain, gut health and the body's relationship/immune response to gluten. I will guide you on your journey to discover the root cause of your symptoms. Newly diagnosed with a gluten-related disorder? I will assist you with a total gut restoration plan where we will work to restore gut integrity and elevate optimal health through a 100% Gluten-free Lifestyle - a true TRANSFORMATION - not a diet. Reach out to me for a complimentary consultation and let's discover if coaching is right for you! Call today, 813-545-3131, you have a life to live to it's fullest! I am looking forward to helping you feel better than you have in a long time, just like me!