Featured Friday Conversations is a series of interviews on Facebook Live featuring incredible women and their health transformation stories. It is our hope these stories will inspire you to take control of your health.
Featuring Denise Loufti
I had the pleasure of meeting Denise virtually in a Facebook group called Mighty Mompreneurs and in person at a Sexy Mama Movement event. She has such a vibrant personality. And I was excited to finally have the chance to chat with her.
Denise Loufti is a Mom of 2, a part-time speech therapist at her local school district, a health coach, and a student at the school of Applied Functional Medicine. As you can see, she is one busy mom and her personal brand as a health coach, BzHealthyMama perfectly fits her description! Her journey towards better health led her to becoming a health coach and has helped other mothers and women start on their own health journey as well.
Zero Veggies and Fast Food Galore!
Denise was born and raised in Beirut. Her mom and grandma cooked typical Lebanese food that consisted of rice, other grains, potatoes, beef and chicken. However, vegetables were only occasionally served. Both of Denise’s mom and grandma didn’t like vegetables, so naturally Denise grew up to dislike them as well.
At 17, Denise moved to California and became quickly exposed to plenty of fast food options. She went from eating home cooked meals to chips and candy from the vending machine as well as a variety of choices from all the fast food restaurants in close proximity to where she lived and worked.
Even though she suffered from constipation, acne and headaches, she initially thought and accepted them as a normal occurrence in her life. Little did she know at this point how food may be the cause of these seemingly ‘harmless’ symptoms her body exhibited.
The Reason for Change
We always want the best for our children. During her first pregnancy, Denise started to eat more vegetables to provide the nutrients her baby needed growing in her belly. Unfortunately, after giving birth, she returned to her usual way of eating. Gone were the servings of vegetables.
A few years passed when her second child was born. Denise’s attention to her health became more prominent when her usual headaches turned into bothersome migraines. When she finally went to see a doctor, she was prescribed meds that caused extreme drowsiness. She wasn’t functional and as a mother, she felt helpless and needed to find a way to get rid of the migraine without resorting to meds.
Being motivated to get to the bottom of her health issues, she used her resourcefulness to figure it out on her own. This is when she determined what she put in her mouth greatly impacted her health.
Not one size fits all! Every one of us reacts differently to particular types of food. What might have worked for one person may not work for Denise. But how would she know unless if she tried it? Hence, Denise’s approach was to experiment with food – what to add, which ones to eliminate to improve her health. However not everything she tried worked for her. At one point, she even became an extreme raw vegan. But it didn’t make her feel good so it was back to the drawing board.
Starting with small changes, her first step was to eliminate processed foods. Therefore, no more Taco Bell! Stop going to the vending machines! Eat real food!
She learned about food sensitivities. Typically, sensitivities can stem from consumption of dairy, gluten, and processed sugar. Surely enough, when Denise eliminated dairy from her diet, her migraines subsided. When she added organic fruits and vegetables along with more water, her bowel movements became more frequent. The problematic acne she had, amazingly started to clear up after she stopped consuming gluten, processed sugar, and dairy.
Denise’s advice to those who are contemplating change to better their health is –
Change Now before You are Forced To Change.”
I know at times it could be difficult to think of change unless we are under some type of force. But if you have this thought in the back of your mind. The realization that we can take charge of our health. We don’t have to wait for a diagnosis from our doctor to change the way we eat, move, sleep, and handle stress. These are all lifestyle choices we can make today so we don’t have to waste our time sitting in the doctor’s office to address the symptoms we’re experiencing.
Is your body exhibiting symptoms similar to Denise’s that you’ve dismissed as being normal to you? Have you been forced to make a change due to current health issues?
WATCH THE FACEBOOK LIVE INTERVIEW WITH DENISE LOUFTI!
Unfortunately, the interview was cut off so there are two parts to it with provided links below.