My Story…

Suzanne Burke L.H.N.C., B.Eng.

I was exhausted all the time and couldn’t shake the feeling of not actually being sick, but never quite feeling 100%. I assumed it was a function of life with four small kids and getting older…turns out I had rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

I didn’t have a clue what RA was, nor did I know anything about autoimmune disease. I rarely took Advil for a headache, but was immediately given several major medications and told I’d have to take them for life to avoid any permanent joint damage. Oh, and there was no known cause or cure.

I was terrified.

After the initial shock dissipated…and it took a while…I started researching RA and discovered how closely autoimmune disease is related to diet and stress. At the time, as a mom of four young kids, with an entrepreneur husband, I felt the stress part was inevitable, so I focused on diet. With the help of a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor, I identified several food sensitivities causing inflammation in my body which magnified my RA symptoms. I eliminated the foods causing the sensitivities and it completely changed my life. 

The results floored me. 

I went from feeling completely exhausted all the time, thinking this was my new norm from now on, to feeling truly healthy for the first time in years. It didn’t happen overnight — it was four to six months before I started to notice any improvements — but the improvements just continued with time…despite being told nutrition had no effect on the disease and medication was my only option to ensure I could continue being the active mom who was always playing with her kids.

That was in 2011…so much has changed since then. 

I’ve managed to keep my disease completely under control by sticking to some basic guidelines and then adding supplements/herbs to my routine. My family has also started making some of the same changes – they don’t have any known autoimmune conditions (yet), but we know that genetically, it’s a possibility. The awesome thing is that by following the guidelines I’ve used to bring my body back inBalanse, it’s possible for them to avoid it all together! It took them a little while to get on board…as you would expect…but they can see the difference these changes are making to their lives.

I am fascinated by how much nutrition and lifestyle choices impact our health and how much control we have over it. 

I wanted to learn more and be able to teach/help others, so I became a holistic nutrition consultant. It has completely changed my life and that of my family and I’m excited to teach others how it can work for them.

If you’re struggling with the brutal symptoms of an autoimmune condition, it’s all about getting things back inBalanse and I can show you how.