MEET SHELLEY GAWITH
Hi, I’m Shelley Gawith. People ask me why I care so much about functional nutrition. The reality is this amazing approach to healthcare saved my life.
I used to be a super-busy corporate girl. I worked insane hours, skipped meals, lost sleep, and did not take care of my health. That all changed in 2010 when my health crashed. I lost all of my physiological function and doctors wanted to admit me to hospital. They told me I was on ‘death’s doorstep’ and there was no hope. That scared the ‘ish’ out of me.
The doctors gave me the label of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – I couldn’t stay awake for more than 30 minutes a day. I had two choices: move back in with my parents, or find a solution. It started me on the journey of going to specialist after specialist to try to get answers. Every avenue we went down, nobody could help me. I knew I needed to take the power back. I looked at different courses and realised functional nutrition was right for me. It was then I started to piece together my health history. For as long as I can remember, I had ‘half eyebrows’, which meant nothing at the time. Now I understand it was just one of the signals my body was giving me that I was born with a hypothyroid. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. The main role of the thyroid hormone in our body is to control our metabolism.