Carla’s Story

First up, thank you so, so much for taking the time to browse my website and learn a little more about what we’re all about here at The Juicy Movement. I really hope being here will help motivate you to achieve your health and wellness goals. Being here in the first place is the beginning!

As a holistic health coach with a focus on mind-body medicine, I founded The Juicy Movement with a simple goal: To empower myself and others to release our natural potential for wellness through wholefood nutrition and self-care. By “natural potential for wellness”, I mean our most energised, positive, healthy and happy selves. Because, the truth is: we are all pre-wired to live that way. Once we start nourishing our mind, body and soul from the inside-out, our vitality and juicy zest for life just comes about as a result.

Sounds good? I know, right!?!

What to do is so simple now that I know, but my journey here wasn’t easy. I learned the hard way; after spending my teens and early twenties punishing my body with poor nutrition and over-exercise… I was a professional dancer and super active, so I needed solid nutritional energy but, instead, I was following fad diets and experiencing the severe ups and downs which come with those.

No surprises, it didn’t go well… At 17, I started to suffer from panic attacks and from there I was put on medication for anxiety and depression. By 19, I was a lot worse and just before my 20th birthday, I was being tested for rheumatoid arthritis and poor kidney function… The tests revealed my levels were comparable to someone in their sixties, so I ended up on medication again.

But they were medicating the symptoms, not looking for the cause.

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”

In 2009, I was 22 and still struggling. I was training hard and avoiding fats like the plague, way too underweight and still on medication. But, thankfully, the universe stepped in (at least, that’s how I see it), and a trainer at my gym started chatting to me about wholefoods. It was like a light had been switched on in my head… It all started to make sense! My first step was to start taking wholefood supplements (still the same I recommend today – see Holistic Health Coaching for details) and doing my own research about nutrition, gut health and mindfulness. I started feeling a huge difference within weeks.
I couldn’t believe how much better I was and it all came from what I was eating and drinking and how I was generally treating myself. My clarity of thought, my energy, my outlook on life, how I dealt with everyday challenges… It was all… well, better. My curiosity was seriously spiked, so I enrolled in Holistic Counselling and Mind-Body Medicine (Endeavour College – Perth, Western Australia) to learn more.

By the end of 2010 and my first year of study, I had done a complete 180. In 2011, I was off anxiety medication completely and I’m proud to say I’ve never been back on it since.

 

The arthritis and kidney issues started to reverse, I had better immunity, reduced period pain, and I was regular in other areas (the bathroom kind… you get my drift!). And, most importantly, I had finally understood that there is an undeniable connection between overall wellbeing and our nutrition.

But it still hadn’t clicked properly that my state of mind was a huge factor, too. I’d bumped up my nutrition and I was being kinder to myself in terms of exercise, but I was still over-working and sacrificing parts of my life I viewed as unimportant, like self-care. So, in 2012, exhausted after trying to balance work, study, dance and relationships, I collapsed in the gym with anaphylactic shock. It was the beginning of my ongoing allergy to wheat and gluten.

But because of what I was learning about wholefood and holistic practices, I knew if I just kept doing what I was doing (with the addition of removing wheat and gluten from my diet due to the allergy), I’d soon be on track.

It was an incredibly empowering feeling to at last know what I had to do for my health.

 

So, one month after I collapsed, I decided it was time to make a serious change. I set myself goals and promised myself I wouldn’t give up on my values, even in regards to myself… I think it was about here that my list of Daily Rituals started to develop, which have steadily become the basis of what I teach.

More time passed, I was building my holistic health business while maintaining my Salon Coordinator job on the side and, deep down, I knew the one thing stopping me from really making serious progress was the stress and exhaustion of the job in the salon. I loved and believed in the health programs I had developed, so I decided to take the leap, quit my day job and dedicate myself to the “juicy” life, building what is now The Juicy Movement full-time. I did it in blind faith and have never looked back.

Today, I am so proud and thrilled to say that our programs here at The Juicy Movement have helped, and continue to help, thousands of people in Australia and around the world improve their health and wellness for the long-term. Not only that, but we are also enabling likeminded health heroes and wholefood cheerleaders to build their own health businesses as part of The Juicy Movement. Together, we’re gaining better health, increased flexibility, opportunity and satisfaction through doing what we love and teaching others to do the same. How good is that?!

Find more on The Juicy Movement and working with me by clicking the link (you don’t need to be a wellness expert, you just need to be passionate about wellness), hop over to Holistic Health Coaching to see more about our programs and how we can help you, take a look at our Client Stories, or just keep browsing.

Stay juicy,

C xx

Carla Thomas
Founder of The Juicy Movement
Cert. IV Holistic Counselling & Mind-Body Medicine

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