Today we’d like to introduce you to Vanessa Fitzgerald.
Vanessa, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve had a serious passion for health and wellness since I was 13. When puberty hit, my body started to shut down from my fast food diet, incredible sugar intake, and prescription medications.
You might call it a divine intervention as no one really showed me the way to feeling better; I just knew in my gut that there had to be another way and that it started with my food. I found a nutritionist who helped me learn about real food and thus begun my obsession with holistic healing. Over the years I’ve worked in hospitals, helped build CPG health brands, taught yoga, worked in sales – I went after anything and everything that interested me having to do with health and wellness.
I eventually became a certified health coach with IIN, but soon realized that in order to truly help people heal from chronic ailments I first needed to heal myself. I discovered Nutrition Response Testing, a practice that has reversed my autoimmune helped heal my anxiety, clear my skin, and make my hair the healthiest I’ve ever seen it. It was the only modality that healed me (and continues to heal me), so I decided to attend the Ulan Institute where I myself became a Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner.
My practice gained momentum about a year ago when I decided to publicly detox off of Adderall and share my journey with the world. I was on this incredibly harmful prescription drug for 13 years, and it hurt my body, my relationships, and my ability to go after and attract the things I really wanted in life. I had an incredible amount of shame around taking this drug and thought that my career in wellness would surely be over when I came out with this dirty little secret. The opposite happened, and my most shameful secret became by greatest platform.
Today, I now help people on their own pharmaceutical drug detox journey whether it be Adderall or Birth Control. I also have a private practice in Brentwood where I help people heal from chronic ailments through Nutrition Response Testing.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
My road has been anything but smooth, and I definitely have chosen the road less traveled. Ten years ago I was on a cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs (anti-depressants, anti-anxiety, Adderall, and Ambien) that prevented me from being my authentic self.
I struggled in my twenties with who I was and who I wanted to be. I had a variety of jobs ranging from teaching yoga to social work in a hospital. I believe that our twenties are meant for self-discovery and that we should try as many things as we can. I had moved to Austin, TX at one point to open up a fast-casual health food cafe, but the undertaking was more than I had imagined, so I had to pivot my career path.
I don’t necessarily believe in mistakes. I believe that life happens for us, not to us and everything is a necessary part of our journey to help us become fully realized human beings.
VeesHoney – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I have a private boutique practice in Los Angeles where I help people heal themselves of chronic ailments. My method is called Nutrition Response Testing. Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive system of analyzing the body in order to determine the underlying causes of ill health.
The analysis is done through testing the body’s autonomic nervous system. Nutrition Response Testing analyzes different areas on the surface of the body that relate to the state of health and to the flow of energy in each and every organ and function of the body.
This information is derived from the part of the nervous system whose job it is to regulate the functions of each and every organ. I also have remote clientele all over the US, Canada, Hong Kong, and Australia. Phone sessions are primarily focused on drug detox (particularly birth control, adderall and the like), healing from eating disorders, hormone balancing, and weight loss.
Through diet changes and designing individualized programs, my clients are able to live a healthier and happier life.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Prior to coming back to Los Angeles, I lived in New York for ten years. The transition back to LA was challenging, but I’ve learned to love this city all over again. I think the thing I love most about LA is my community. Since moving back, I have had the pleasure of being in collaboration with incredibly creative and conscious people.
I’ve met so many people, both through my work and personally, whom are actively working towards living an authentic happy and healthy life. Perhaps this is due to our consistent sunny weather or to the plethora of outdoor options; whatever the case I am all for people trying to better themselves. The better we can be on our own, the better the collective, the better the world.
What do I like least about LA… DRIVING! I miss being able to walk everywhere. Also, the nightlife isn’t really my jam out here.
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