Hey there! My name is Suzie Bauer. I’m a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association.
I wasn’t always concerned with real health, although I should have been. I was a Carb Queen. A true lover of bread and oh boy, did I love a good beer. To me, “healthy” meant thin, which I was never “thin enough.” So naturally, I consumed all things “low-fat” and “whole grain.” I chose the franken-foods, created in a factory, over anything real. I was constantly counting calories and hating every second of it. What I didn’t know at the time was that everything I was consuming was slowly making me sicker and sicker.
From childhood, and up into my late 20s, I don’t remember a time when my body didn’t hurt. I was told for years that there really wasn’t anything wrong with me besides a little tendinitis from all the horse riding I was doing.
It finally all came to a head in 2010
- My marriage was over
- I moved back in with my parents
- Had a busy career as an engineer
- Trained for and ran my first (and only) marathon
- Continued to compete with my horse, and
- Bought my first home on my own.
It was a rough year that took a lot out of me, both physically and mentally. By the end of the year, my body had had enough. I returned home from my last horse show of the season and noticed bruising on my hands. I shrugged it off at first, thinking I must have banged my hands into something without noticing; but after the bruising didn’t go away for weeks, I knew it was time to get it checked out.
So, after years of so much pain, it only took a few bruises on my hands to get the proper bloodwork done and I found out that I had the markers for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). While it was finally an explanation for it all, I was scared, defeated, and quite frankly, a little ticked off that it took SO long to get some answers.
I was referred to a Rheumatologist and began taking immunosuppressants to combat the RA. I didn’t get well right away. Actually, things got far worse before they got better. The pain I felt each morning made it quite a chore to get out of bed and take care of myself. Some days I could barely raise my arm from my body. I dreaded going to work, where even the distance from my desk to the restroom seemed daunting. I could barely even hold a pencil without pain.
I struggled with the invisibleness of RA. At times, I wished that I needed a cane to help me walk. At least then people wouldn’t think I was faking it. I was tired of hearing that I was too young for arthritis, like it couldn’t possibly be that. I was exhausted, in pain, and alone.
Enough was enough
After months of going through the cycle of taking medication, feeling some relief, then experiencing more pain, and taking even more medication; I had enough. I began looking elsewhere for relief. I had been hearing that what I eat could dramatically change how I felt. I thought it was utter nonsense in the beginning, but I decided to give it a try. I was willing to try anything at that point!
In a short time after making some dietary shifts away from low fat foods, artificial sweeteners, and tons of refined carbohydrates, I began to feel the pain slipping away. I could move with more ease and my energy levels began to pick up! This was really working!
I began to see things differently. My health became so much more important to me than I had ever imagined it would be. I started looking around and seeing “dis-ease” in everyone around me. It broke my heart to hear what others were struggling with, and that they didn’t know that they could feel so much better just by changing what they ate.
During this time, my career as a structural engineer, the career that I had worked so hard for, no longer brought me any joy. It didn’t feel like it was my purpose here on earth.
I needed an exit plan
In the fall of 2014, I began the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner certification with the Nutritional Therapy Association. (You can read all about my experience in this amazing program here.) The following summer, I finished the program and had expected to continue working as an engineer for several months before I would open my own nutrition practice, but the Universe had another idea for me. I abruptly left my job (which you can read about here) and jumped into working with clients to help them ease their aches and pains with real food.
Each day is an opportunity to help someone gain back their health. That is my true purpose here on Earth.
How I help my clients
I understand what it’s like to deal with chronic pain and discomfort. It can feel lonely, exhausting, and defeating. It can suck the joy right out of you. We’ve been led to believe that medication is the only answer, and you will likely have to be on some form of it for the rest of your life in order to feel relief from your symptoms. It’s simply not true.
What if band-aiding your symptoms with medication was not even serving you?
What if we stopped just talking about symptoms, and started getting to the root cause of it all?
That is where real food comes in. When you focus on giving your body what it truly needs, you will not only survive, but thrive in this life! Your body knows what it needs and it’s been asking you for help. Have you been listening?
When was the last time you really listened to your body and provided it with the nourishment it was asking you for?
I help my clients learn how to listen to their bodies so they can nourish themselves to the fullest! I provide a non-judgmental space to share your struggles and your triumphs. We work together to build a sustainable, real food-based lifestyle that not only helps your pain melt away, but shows you how living a joyful life is possible for you.
In my free time, you’ll likely find me:
- Riding my horse, Dude
- Cooking for my friends and family
- Watching our hens picking at the grass
- Playing with my corgi, Boots
- Cuddling with our cats, Rocky & Huntley, or
- Simply enjoying my amazing life with my husband on our small farm.
If you’re ready to live a more joyful and pain-free life, you’ve come to the right place! I’m so happy you’re here!
I’d love to chat with you and help you get crystal clear on what could be possible for you and your health.