Andrea Arledge with Elements Integrative Wellness has lived with Type 1 diabetes for 26 years, and at first when she was diagnosed, she felt her whole world crumbling down.
"I didn't know how I was going to navigate life with type 1 diabetes because my grandmother had it and I knew the difficulties she faced," said Andrea. "I lived in fear for so many years, so I finally decided it's nursing, that's the way I'm going to heal myself, by helping heal other people and giving them hope and that it does not have to be this way."
So, she signed up for nursing school. Her original plan was to be a Diabetes educator and did indeed end being a Diabetes educator without the title through St. Frances for 16 years. She would get patients ready for surgery and would ask what drugs they were taking. When they disclosed the medicine they were taking was for diabetes, they had no idea they even had diabetes. Unfortunately, she learned that these doctors never educated their patients on their diagnosis. She felt as if it was a broken healthcare system that she did not want to be part of it.
She knew there was another way to do healthcare, so she decided to change careers and became a holistic nutritionist. She knew she wanted to educate women on finding their worth, figuring out what their underlying issues were with food and life in general.
"Holistic nutrition is not just about what you put in your mouth, it's also about the thoughts you think, so it's like, what nutrient thoughts am I thinking?" said Andrea. "The better you eat, then the more likely your "inner critic" or "inner mean girl" goes away because you feel better."
While getting her certificate, she also completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training and Stone Medicine Certification.
"I went on my own health journey and have turned around Hashimoto’s thyroiditis using food as medicine," said Andrea.
Currently, she's an educator in Mind Body Medicine, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Yoga instructor and a Reiki Master Teacher.
She left nursing and never looked back.
"I love watching my clients truly transform their health! Body, mind and Spirit as opposed to band aid medicine," said Andrea.
With the motto, "we don't have to be "cured" to heal from any dis-ease, and no disease should keep us in fear from leading a life of our dreams," Andrea will be at the Ness Fest teaching a 15- minute Reiki demo as well as explaining what Holistic nutrition is. The Ness Fest is a two-day health and lifestyle festival in Greenville, SC focusing on wellNESS, goodNESS, fitNESS, and wholeNESS. This event will be held at Fluor Field and will give people the chance to chat with health professionals, fitness instructions and watch cooking demos. What better way to spend your weekend? I know, right!
So, if you'd like to see Andrea at The Ness Fest, purchase your tickets asap and check out their schedule HERE.
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