Hi! My name is Hallie Loy-Roby, and I am a FNTP (Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner). Here to help you discover the nutrition that best supports your body and lifestyle!

First, let me tell you a little about my personal health journey.

Health has always been important to me. However, understanding what health is, and what it is not, has taken me a lot longer to understand. Since the age of 15, I’ve tried all the diets you can think of. Often times I was the first to jump on the trend train hoping that it would be the solution I was looking for. Which was to reach my ‘goal weight’. At times I did reach my goals, however most of the time (all of the time), I would gain the weight back, plus additional pounds. I lost weight on diet shakes, low-fat, counting calories, diet pills, and ate vegetarian for 2 years. Even when the number on the scale would drop, it wasn’t making me healthy. Now I didn’t realize that until I found the NTA, but we will get to that.

It wasn’t until the summer of 2017, when I was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria (hives for no reason), that my understanding of health changed. Out of nowhere (so it seemed), I woke up with hives, head to toe, for no apparent reason. I hadn’t eaten anything different, was using the same laundry detergent, and considered all obvious possibilities. I had no idea why I had them, and I couldn’t get rid of them. Changing my diet and personal care products didn’t help. I removed grains, dairy, lectins, nightshades. If I thought it might be causing it, I removed it. Nothing helped.

I was miserable, and searching for answers. Not only did I have 24/7 hives, but I was also suffering with extreme fatigue, and experiencing random angioedema along with other allergic reaction symptoms. The allergist ran all the tests only to find out that I am not allergic to anything. No one could give me answers. All they could do was give me cortisol shots and prescribed an allergy pill, which didn’t stop my hives, extreme fatigue or the angioedema, just made the itchiness a tad more tolerable.

I felt defeated. Frustrated. Mad. So many emotions!

You can only hear, ‘I’m sorry, we don’t know what is causing your hives. Take this.’ before deciding to ditch them, and figure it out on your own. This is when I became my own advocate. That decision led me to the NTA (Nutritional Therapy Association), where I enrolled without fully understanding what it was about, but knew in my heart it held the answers I was look for.

And I was right.

It was during the NTA course that I discovered the root cause of my hives. Granted, it wasn’t overnight. There was no quick fix. However, I soon realized that poor digestion and having my gallbladder removed in 2013, eventually led to the development of an autoimmune condition, Chronic Idiopathic Hives. Of course my lifestyle, food choices, and habits contributed to the need for a cholecystectomy. That’s on me. What I wasn’t told was that I would need to take bile salts to lessen the added burden that not having a gallbladder puts on the body.  It is an example of the saying, “if I knew then, what I know now, I would do things differently”… just know that the gallbladder provides a function in the body, and is not a ‘worthless’ organ. Do what it takes to save your gallbladder!

Over time, addressing the root cause with nutrient-dense food, along with lifestyle changes and supplementation, allowed me to say good-bye to the medications I was taking, and best of all, no more HIVES!

I’ve been hive-free for two years! *CUE THE CONFETTI*

I’ve put in a lot of work to get to where I am at in my health journey. Those Small steps forward add up over time. The first step was to find out what foods best supported my body so that it could find balance, and heal itself. It was also important for me to identify foods that caused inflammation and prevented my body from finding balance. Next, I focused on the quality of the food I was consuming. Buying what my budget allowed, prioritizing nutrient-dense options. And lastly, I incorporated a daily self-care routine that included movement, meditation and breathe work. Self-care is so important, and often over looked. When we slow down, we can listen to what our body needs.

I can honestly say that I am not the same person I use to be. Not only has what I choose to eat changed, but my thoughts and actions have also evolved. I don’t get stressed out like I use to. I laugh more. Dance around the house. Sing. My husband and son don’t know what to think… Who knew that finding health would have such an impact on every aspect of my being?

Of course my journey is not over. In a way it is just starting. I have a long way to go. And that’s okay. As long as my focus is supporting my body, and providing it with the nutrients it needs to thrive, my health will be supported.

Now that I reflect on my journey, and where it has taken me. I am grateful. Grateful for the knowledge I have gained through the NTA, as well as my own experiences. Grateful for the friendships I have made. And grateful for those I have helped, as well as those I will help in the future. Not only did I uncover the root cause of my hives, but I discovered my passion.

In life we are gifted with challenges. We can either allow them to defeat us. Or we can leverage them, and allow them to grow us. It’s our choice.