Hello, My name is Brandi Loyd and I am a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and personal trainer and owner of The Path Nutritional Therapy and Personal Training.
I am 47 years old, I have been in the health and wellness industry my entire life. I am married to the love of my life, I have 3 sons, 2 daughter in laws and 4 grandchildren!
My family is my life. I love to be outdoors, and I love to be fit and healthy.
I hold the coveted Level 2 Strong First strength certification! The toughest Russian Kettlebell Instructor Course in the world!
Then my Path in life forever changed, or so I thought...
Until about 2010, life was easy to maintain. Running, boxing, strength training, hiking and playing sports was fun and easy breezy. I had worked with many clients at that point for years as a matter of fact and helped them not only get into excellent physical shape, but also lose unwanted fat. Life was good.
Then my stomach starting hurting everyday. I had to take a nap at lunch and suffered daily headaches as well. Hoping I had some terrible bacteria or bug.
I went into my doctor looking for an answer, maybe I just had a persistent virus or bacteria. Instead of that we stumbled onto a food allergy out of sheer luck, and found out that I was having severe reactions to gluten. Really? Is that real? I had eaten gluten my whole life! I have to be one of those Gluten free people?!
What could have triggered this immune response?
Well, we had our oldest son in Afghanistan, I was solely operating a thriving business… my husband who works for the State of California and was working around the clock!
But I wasn’t stressed…no, not me! I smile and encourage people for living! I have my CRAP together!
Then I started reacting to soy, and then having reactions to who knows what mystery food…and finally grain.
My body hurt terribly everyday.
I continued to run my business, and to coach. Being a positive and supporting role model and helper to others gave me strength and determination to fight my own growing battle in my body. It got me up everyday at 4:00 am because someone needed me.
I noticed odd “bruised” places on my body, tender spots. I started experiencing anxiety, something I never dealt with before. I continued to run my business.
I was like an invalid by 4 pm everyday.
I didn’t know where to turn and neither did my doctors. I went to chiropractors, alternative medicine M.D’s, Neuro trained Chiro’s, acupuncture, massage… nothing helped.
I supplemented EVERYTHING I read would help!
I am by nature a “natural” or holistic girl. It was once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” I agree. Hand me my clean eats and my essential oils!
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain Syndrome and there were signs of Chronic Fatigue and Adrenal Fatigue for sure! Ok, so I have a label…what now?
I was like an invalid by 4pm everyday...
This was me before the wheels fell off…What you can’t see… is the pain and fatigue.
I had an excuse for every ache or pain…until it was just too obvious something was wrong.
"I am too young for this."
Since I am a nutrition coach I devoured books on inflammation and food…I started changing my diet, I also added CBD tincture to my daily routine.
I backed off of 5-6 days of weight training to only 3. I was already a clean eater, no processed foods, no added sugars, minimal alcohol, all organic of course, but when I started adding in more healthy fats, trying all kinds of supplements, experimenting with a Paleo or Primal style of eating and finally I found my freedom in Nutritional Ketosis by following a ketogenic diet.
But I needed to heal my GI tract and Leaky gut. I aslo needed to fix my ability to DIGEST my food, balance my blood sugar and detox!
I did it!! I am still doing it!!
I no longer have a daily 8/10 on the pain scale. It’s usually un-noticeable! My energy is back and then some! My brain fog is gone! My digestion is regular and I can honestly say that I am thriving! My hair isn’t falling out….The list of daily symptoms that I used to live with was overwhelming!
The worst part is that when I was sick I LOOKED GREAT! I looked like a picture of health but I was so sick.
I have found a different strength.
My faith saw me through.
This experience of my own health downfall has taken me to places in my education that I would never have dreamed of. My passion for helping others achieve wellness has grown even stronger! I love it! I live it! I now have a comprehensive education in not only our auto-immune systems, but also hormones and blood sugar and TOXINS both internal and environmental and I know how to design protocols to help and heal my students! Even though I personally follow a ketogenic style of living, I don’t think it is for everyone. It’s not a fad, humans have been living this way since the beginning. Babies are born in ketosis! I begin from scratch with each client. I take a look at the whole package: your eating, your rest, your movement and your stress. I was able to get my life back, and so can you!