Nicole Porter, Wellness Coach and Owner of Nicole Porter Wellness, Vancouver

Nicole’s Story

Chocolate Chip Muffins + Dieting = Migraines

For as long as I can remember, I was curious about the inner workings of the human body. I started dancing at age 4 and did all I could to be strong and competitive. By the time grade 10 rolled around, my focus turned to weight loss after gaining several pounds from the huge chocolate chip muffins at the school cafeteria (you know which ones I’m talking about!). My life became consumed with obsessive calorie counting and exercising, label reading, diet food, fitness magazines and anything that promised 6 pack abs and skinny thighs. At 16, I became an aerobics instructor, adding personal training and nutrition certifications a short time later. But I wasn’t healthy. I might have looked strong, but I was on a rollercoaster of starving, bingeing, eating diet foods often made with fake ingredients, and working out to make up for extra calories. I was also in the early stages of battling chronic migraines.

I spent almost a decade trying to get rid of my migraines – massage, chiropractors, acupuncture, reflexology, neurology, physiotherapy – nothing worked. It was suggested I take prescription drugs, and although I did at certain points (which often caused eczema), I didn’t want to rely on medication. I wanted the problem fixed. My last resort was to take a natural approach – and it changed everything.

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FOOD IS MEDICINE.

On the first visit to my naturopath and nutritionist, I was shown an image of my blood (via an HLB test). The white you see on the left represents toxins (free radicals). Basically, more toxins = more migraines. That’s all I needed to see. My blood was the tangible starting point I needed, rather than a number on the scale. My new goal was not to have a 6 pack; it was to have clean blood.

A short time later, after some significant but manageable changes to my diet (and a lot of education!), my blood was vibrant red and I was 100% migraine free (image on right), in addition to many other unexpected benefits like increased energy, amazing sleep, no aches and pains, no eczema, just to name a few. I was proof of what Hippocrates and Edison knew centuries ago – that “food is medicine”.

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Nicole-Porter- Blood-Comparison-Before-After-Migraines-Nicole-Porter-Wellness

FOOD IS MEDICINE.

On the first visit to my naturopath and nutritionist, I was shown an image of my blood (via an HLB test). The white you see on the left represents toxins (free radicals). Basically, more toxins = more migraines. That’s all I needed to see. My blood was the tangible starting point I needed, rather than a number on the scale. My new goal was not to have a 6 pack; it was to have clean blood.

A short time later, after some significant but manageable changes to my diet (and a lot of education!), my blood was vibrant red and I was 100% migraine free (image on right), in addition to many other unexpected benefits like increased energy, amazing sleep, no aches and pains, no eczema, just to name a few. I was proof of what Hippocrates and Edison knew centuries ago – that “food is medicine”.

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WE NEED TO CARE MORE ABOUT OUR INSIDES THAN OUR OUTSIDES.

I share my story because I want people to learn what they’re doing to their insides before they go to extremes to ‘fix’ the outsides. I would like to think that if they knew what was happening inside, they would make different choices. I want people to understand that if they fix the inside, the outside will follow, removing the need for extreme diets, exercise, possibly medication, and the likelihood of chronic diseases – from eczema to hormone imbalance to cancer.

Plain and simple, I want people to feel empowered with accurate and reliable information so they can make the best decisions for themselves and their families. I want them to listen to their bodies more than they listen to trends. And I want them to have faith that the body is capable of healing itself…we just need to give it a chance.

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