Welcome | E Komo Mai
Aloha, my name is Katie and I'm a Nutritional Therapist on the north shore of Kaua`i. I’m certified through the Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA), and also certified in Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) and a Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (PaleoAIP) certified coach. I have a funny hound dog, a loving husband, an enormous baby, and am absolutely passionate about helping women with endometriosis. You can’t cure endometriosis, but I believe with the correct approach we can allow the body to heal in incredible ways.
In 2009 I myself was diagnosed with endometriosis that was characterized by chronic, debilitating, 24/7 internal pain. The diagnosis surprised me immensely since the pain had come on so quickly and it wasn’t just at my period: it was all the time. Back then I was uneducated about what endo was and how it can surface in so many different ways depending on the woman it affects. Needless to day, I was devastated. Being told at 24 that chronic internal pain was here to stay was no easy piece of information to swallow.
After 5 exhausting years, 2 surgeries, and a lot of diet and lifestyle depravation, I wasn’t seeing the results I needed. Yes, the pain was better managed by certain dietary shifts, but the new lifestyle I had adopted still left me underweight, with chronic fatigue, hormonal imbalances, skin problems, digestive failure and enormous bloating that still persisted to make a negative impact on my life. I felt like I was just surviving every day.
It was the years leading up to my journey towards conception that I finally began to piece together the diet and lifestyle tips that were missing from my previous holistic treatment plan. What I realized is just how malnourished my body truly was - turns out all the gluten free avocado toast and superfoods smoothies weren't nearly enough for my incredibly nutrient deprived body - and just how much my gut was affecting everything. Talk about a silver lining in fertility problems! Deep nutrition, combined with a focus on de-stressing, detoxing, and re-aligning my body combined into a lifestyle that put my endometriosis in clinical remission. It was a four-pronged approach that dramatically changed my life.
For the first time in a long time I didn't feel deprived in my diet, I had enough energy to socialize that I didn't feel isolated from friends, I gained back the weight and nutrients I was missing from my terribly leaky gut, and in my movement journey my body felt so good I didn't have to deprive it of fun in fear of pain. Basically that usual endo diet stuff you hear - "No gluten, no coffee, no alcohol, no fun" - was far from the life I was leading!
In the act of coming back alive - I literally had forgotten how it felt to have energy and be pain-free - I knew I had to share this journey with my fellow endo-community in case it helps change even just one life of chronic, debilitating pain. I created this site to help those with endometriosis find refuge in a different direction than the pharmacist or doctor.
Endometriosis is a whole body issue rather than a site specific one and in order to treat the endo symptoms, we must treat the whole body.
About this Site
I am a Nutritional Therapist, certified though the Nutritional Therapy Association, but I am not a dietitian, doctor, or medical professional, and this site is solely for guidance and information to give people more information to make an informed decision about their own bodies best treatment plan.
In order to combat something as chronic and debilitating as endometriosis, we need to address the foundations of our lives. In this site I categorize these into 4 main pillars: Nutrition, Movement, Detoxification, and Connection. You may be missing one, two, or all of them from your life, but as you start filling in the empty voids your body will respond by beginning to heal itself from the inside out.
There is lot of information on this site and the linked pages, but my goal isn’t to overwhelm anyone with a lifestyle overhaul! Look over all the information at your own pace and incorporate baseline items as you feel comfortable. Remember, stress is an enormous contributor to this disease, so if you’re feeling stressed at all back off until you’re ready to add one new change in your life at a time.
Also keep in mind that you know your body better than anyone! And it's beautifully unique, so what may work for others may not work for you and vice versa. Be open to change for the sake of progress.
Endo is real. The pain and suffering is real. The sadness is real. But it doesn’t have to be a lifetime of this. Just as real is the ability to mend, to heal, to lose the pain, and regain your life. Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to learn to live with it.