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Meet Bethany Ugarte of Lilsipper

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bethany Ugarte.

Bethany, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I love food! I also have dealt with digestive issues for most of my life and nearly died because of it. I’ve experienced quite more than most people will in their entire life (all before the age of 30). I was molested twice as a child (unrelated), had my husband leave me, went into a coma (and woke obviously), battled years of depression, overcame the shingles and a huge candida overgrowth all while combating severe IBS”.

I absolutely HATE the term “IBS,” it’s soooo overused and downplayed. Doctors basically “label” someone to have IBS when they themselves don’t know what else is going wrong. So now, people that have occasional bloating/gas are put in the same category with the same people who are bedridden (like I was) and in so much pain they want to die just because a doctor told them they have “IBS.”

Sadly, more people are familiar with “IBS” as the former, so when someone who REALLY IS in bad condition states they have IBS they aren’t taken seriously. I used to work in the health food industry for a “vegan meat company” (not naming names!) as head of marketing as well as the assistant to the VP of national sales.

It was there where I gained soooo much insight as to what REALLY goes on behind the health food industry and was shocked at what I discovered. (I’ll save that for another post). After four years of heading up marketing and expo shows, I had to resign as my digestion and IBS kept getting worse and was taking more days off than I was working. My digestion was going WACK!

My symptoms weren’t just gas, bloating, constipation/diarrhea. They were BAD. I wasn’t digesting food properly, everything I ate was being eliminated whole (AKA: I wasn’t able to absorb the nutrients), I kept vomiting and burping up a sulfur smell (like rotten eggs), and my brain got “foggy.” Yes, I would bloat and be uncomfortable, but that was the least of my problems.

Ever since I was 15 years old I worked with a holistic doctor, and he reminded me of all the things we used to do years ago, and I was a little embarrassed that I “went off track.” He kicked my but back into gear, and in nine months I felt like a new person. My digestion was healed, my IBS wasn’t as bad, and I was able to digest and absorb more nutrients again. Till this day I still see him on a regular basis just for tune-ups.

I know God is the ultimate healer, but I also know He puts people in your life and works miracles through them. My holistic doctor (and now close friend) was no doubt sent by God. I’m not glad I had to deal with everything in my past, but I am thankful I am here today with the ability and outlet to share with others in hope to encourage those who need it and share my knowledge of health and nutrition.

Now 29, I’m a full-time blogger who focuses on gut health and healing your body naturally through specific foods as I personally have done myself (and still continue to heal). I share specific recipes and health tips geared towards digestive health that have not only helped me, but countless others who have shared their testimony after incorporating my tips, tricks, and recipes in their life.

I’ve been working from home as a full-time blogger and God had blessed me with amazing followers like you so that I can work from home and do what I love! Isn’t God good?! There is hope for people with IBS, Crohns, IBD, and Auto Immune Disorders. I’m proof you can reverse medical issue NATURALLY.

Follow me on Instagram and watch my stories to get a glimpse of my daily life (and also get a little giggle out of your day)… There are no limits with me! If I want a treat, I’ll make it work with healthier ingredients… and it WILL taste amazing!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I lost friends, lost most of my college years and wasn’t able to graduate because of my past issues.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Lilsipper – what should we know?
I wake up every morning, looking forward to connecting with my followers. Why?

Because I know that every day they actually enjoy connecting with me! I share my own tips and tricks to help combat IBS and similar digestive issues. I create easy to digest recipes that range from vegan to paleo, keto, and many are even diabetic and candida diet compliant.

What am I most known for? Speaking the truth! I don’t sugar coat anything (no pun intended) and have even called out brands because the contents were full of toxic ingredients… even so-called “health food” products have hidden ingredients that I always love myth busting and exposing the truth.

This is quite important because so many people are tricked into consuming such products, thinking it’s helping their health issues but in turn is actually making it worse!

I also just co-created a special protein powder designed for digestive health that’s vegan, paleo, and keto friendly with no preservatives, flavorings, artificial anything… and includes probiotics and L-Glutamine for gut repair.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Honesty.

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