The decision to become a holistic nutritionist and coach was preceded by a several years-long period when I had to deal with my own health issues, caused by a stressful job. These included eczema, digestive issues, numerous food intolerances, hypothyroidism, and fertility issues. I have always been interested in healthy nutrition and lifestyle, have loved cooking since I was fifteen years old and have practiced yoga since I was twenty. I did not use to know however, how big of an impact can have nutrition and lifestyle on our overall health. I have become so passionate about the topic of healing and health, as well as prevention of diseases during my own healing journey, that I started to devote more and more of my free time to this topic. I also have decided to share my own healing journey here in the hope that it will motivate others, and maybe you, as well. At the same time, I would like to help people with similar health issues individually within my own coaching practice.
It is not the first time that I am dealing with my own health or mental issues. I have gone through quite a bit in the past. I have had atopic eczema since I was born. When I was little, kids used to bully me because of it and I felt ugly. I did not have any self-esteem in my teenage years, firstly due to eczema, and secondly due to remarks about my size from my father, and later also from my first love. As a result, I suffered from bulimia and depression when I was in my early twenties. Nonetheless, I got over it and managed to get a master’s degree in Czech and German.
Uni was very stressful and boring for me and my eczema fluctuated at the time, especially during exams. I felt however that I need to finish uni, what would I become otherwise?! Initially, I wanted to study psychology. I did not have enough self-esteem though, so I did not even apply. After I graduated, I escaped to New Zealand. It is simply an amazing place. My eczema improved for a while there due to no stress and spending time at the ocean in the sun; and the first time in my life, I felt like myself and did not have to deal with any major problems.
As I could not find a qualified job in New Zealand (I worked the majority of my eight and half years in New Zealand in hospitality), after I few years I became very frustrated with this situation. Therefore, I decided to get a second university degree in the hope that it would help me to find a proper job, and enrolled at a master’s program in international relations. I had to work during my time at uni to survive on my own, and it was again quite challenging, physically and emotionally. During that time, I also went through a bad break-up and felt as if I was alone in the world. My eczema worsened again and I was sick very often. When I could not go any further, I suffered a concussion, had to stay in bed for two months, and did not have anyone to look after me.
I managed to complete my studies in the end, but not even a second master’s degree helped me to secure a better job, and the idea of working at a café full-time again was not appealing for me at all. Although I love New Zealand with all my heart and I miss it very much, I decided to return to the Czech Republic in 2014. At the time when I was finishing my studies, my father died and I wanted to be with my family. The distance felt unbearable at the time. I also thought that if I find a good job back home, all my problems will be solved. I was wrong.
My current problems, caused by extreme stress at a demanding job (of which I thought when I started, that it is my dream job), started in 2016 with frequent colds, viruses, and sinus infections. After several courses of antibiotics I experienced a massive eczema flare-up almost all over my body. A few months later, I was diagnosed with a stomach- and small-intestine-infection and later with hypothyroidism. As medical doctors did not help me much and only kept prescribing symptom-suppressing drugs and creams and did not even try to find causes of my health problems, let alone solve them, I decided to look for alternative solutions myself.
I have had eczema my whole life and always been told that it is incurable. Only a few years ago, I started discovering the possibilities of healing eczema the holistic way, without the use of steroids or any other drugs, thus with a change of diet, way of thinking and lifestyle. I have tried so many different diets (from Ayurveda, Chinese medicine to a vegan diet and later a paleo/low-carb diet), therapies, supplements and creams in the effort to heal my eczema and my other health issues, or at least to relieve the symptoms, but nothing seemed to work much.
Eczema is usually the first sign to show you that there is something wrong going on in your body, and that you should make some changes. As everything is interconnected, I believe in the effectiveness of the holistic/functional approach (which looks for causes of diseases and does not only treat symptoms). The most common cause of chronic diseases is an imbalance in the gut microbiome. Eighty per cent of our immunity is in our gut and any imbalance has a profound influence on our overall health. Therefore, it is important to focus on an individualized adjustment of a person’s diet when healing chronic illnesses, autoimmune diseases, as well as mental and other illnesses. Quite often this inbalance in the gut stemms from stress or some kind of mental exertion or trauma. Therefore, it is so important to also work on the elimination of these mental causes, as well as on our every day peace of mind.
I have worked on the above-mentioned aspects for a while myself. I have practiced yoga regularly for more than ten years, I meditate regularly, walk to and from work every day, and I practicing EFT and other methods. I have not healed completely yet but I believe that I am on my way. At the same time I believe, that I have enough knowledge, experience, and empathy to help others as their health coach and therapist on their journey to a healthier and happier life.