Although I have learned a lot about health and wellbeing over the past 10 or so years, I haven’t made it to this point by myself. I have read a lot of books, done my own research into ways to improve wellbeing and there’s been a lot of trial and error with more natural remedies, some more successful than others!
Most importantly, there have been some wonderful practitioners I have had the good fortune of working with along the way. And even though their reputation speaks for themselves, I think it’s only just that I tell you why they’re brilliant and why they might be someone you want to have in your corner too.
The first jewel in my Wellbeing Circle of health practitioners is the divine Jill Thomas from Albert Park Naturopathy. You can find her here at her website.
Discovering “The Healthy Gut Guide”
One rainy day in Melbourne some years ago, I found myself in Dymocks bookshop, with fresher and stronger prescriptions for all my medications to deal with various digestive problems. I had just seen a gastroenterologist who advised me that I had no signs of anything wrong and I should just put up with the health issues I was facing daily – chronic bloating, pain, cramping, reflux, heartburn, sleeping upright on pillows at night, alternating constipation and diarrhoea, fluid retention, fatigue, nausea, weight gain, brain fog, menstrual issues… the list went on.
I was lost, frustrated and wandering the bookstore hoping for something that might help, something I could learn that would help in any small way with my health. You could say I was looking for a sign that there could be a turning point.
A certain book cover caught my eye, “The Healthy Gut Guide” by Jill Thomas. I flipped through the pages and was immediately taken with the kind, calm but informative tone of the book. I was intrigued about some of the things mentioned like Slippery Elm Powder, Leaky Gut Syndrome, drinking cabbage juice for healing the gut lining.
Although some of these ideas seemed foreign, even as a complete novice I could see some of this was just so obvious, so clear. Why hadn’t anyone told me of some of these things before?
I was pleasantly surprised to see that this book was written by a dynamic Naturopath who worked out of Albert Park Medical Centre in Melbourne, so close to home. It seemed almost too perfect a sign that I was meant to find this book and meet this Jill Thomas.
As you will find with excellent health practitioners, when I called to make an appointment she was booked out for the next couple of months. In the meantime, I took advantage of an 8 week tour to Sydney to start implementing some of the simple tools for good gut health from the book before seeing Jill on my return from tour.
Long story short, finding the Healthy Gut Guide in the bookshop and going on to meet and work with Jill was a turning point. Not only did my health begin to benefit almost immediately, but for the first time I felt listened to. My concerns about my health were being heard. Jill reassured me that while these digestive disturbances were common they did not have to be my ‘normal’ and slowly and methodically we worked through them all.
Jill Thomas – Naturopath, Herbalist and Iridologist
Jill is still a pinnacle in my Wellbeing Circle. She believes in a very considered, balanced approach to health, she does not prescribe to the latest health ‘fad,’ but relies on time-honoured effective methods to bring the body back to it’s best health. She will prescribe supplements or herbs as necessary but educates you on how food is the real medicine.
Nothing is overwhelming, she will guide you through the necessary changes in your diet which involves real food that is easily accessible to you. A vegetarian herself, she is always encouraging me to keep up my animal protein, because we have worked out that my body thrives more with eating meat. A sure enough sign that she truly does have her patient’s best interests at heart, always.
She is mindful not to overload the body with too much at once and you will not be carrying around bottles of supplements each day, not only because it’s expensive but because this can be just as habit-forming as other medications. She knows that life is to be lived and to be enjoyed and that a healthy lifestyle is one that you can implement every day.
Jill is one of the most energetic and sparkly women I have met, she speaks with clarity and purpose and is the epitome of living her ‘Joie de vivre’ – the cheerful enjoyment of life. Even just meeting with her, you can feel more positive that you will too soon be on the right path to a healthy and more balanced life.
Jill has guided me patiently and methodically though the biggest challenge to my professional ballet career – my health. She is one of the reasons I was able to keep dancing professionally and get myself back to a position where my body could perform at its best and I could regain the confidence to be out on stage every night. She helped me turn my life and my ballet career around.
I believe we all need special people in our corner to help us feel our very best in life. When our car is having issues we take it to a mechanic, so it shouldn’t be any different when our body is struggling that we ask for some help also.
I know through my own experience that finding the right people to help you really is half the battle. Which is why I have recommended Jill to so many people (with huge success) because everyone should feel supported and nurtured in their pursuit of optimum health and wellbeing.
Because we can’t walk this path alone. True healing involves others, it relies on the support of others and no amount of reading will ever fully replicate the power of being listened to and guided by someone who cares and believes that you can be well.
You can read more about Jill here.
Read more about my Wellbeing Circle here.