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Hi, I’m Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP, #1 best-selling author of Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body, Functional Medicine Nutrition expert, columnist, spokesperson, and motivational speaker. I work with and cook for a variety of clients all over the world including celebrities and professional athletes. It’s my passion to help struggling men and women find balance in their lives and with their health (including hormone balance, gut health, chronic pain, weight gain, autoimmune disease, fatigue, thyroid and adrenal depletion, food allergies, food intolerances, and more).
In 2005, I graduated from Boston University with a degree in Business Finance and Marketing thinking I was going to climb the corporate ladder through my corporate jobs at Ralph Lauren in fashion design, VOGUE magazine, and the N.B.A. Little did I know I’d land on disability from my job unable to get out of my bed while struggling to stay alive.
Unconscious of the fact that I was shut down in every way possible (physically, emotionally, and energetically) from my past, everything in my body shut down. I spent 10 years struggling with chronic health issues such as Lyme disease, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), C-diff colitis, fatty liver disease, dozens of parasites + pathogens, chronic Candida, methylation (MTHFR mutation), Mold toxicity, Heavy metal toxicity, Hypothyroidism, Leaky gut, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), Epstein Barr, chronic hormonal imbalances, edema and much more. I spent many years working with the best Functional and Integrative M.D’s and hands-on healers studying, learning, teaching, and figuring out how to be healthy in a real way.
When I was in the hospital and given 24 hours to live with c-diff colitis, I remember looking at the morphine dripping into my arm as I laid there half alive, and I promised myself that if I survived, I’d dedicate the rest of my life to inspiring others to get to the root cause of their health issues and help them realize they are not ‘crazy’ and their symptoms are not in their head. And that’s exactly what I did. I started The Healthy Apple, bought myself a camera, taught myself how to take beautiful food photography, taught myself how to cook without gluten-dairy-soy-sugar and other inflammatory ingredients and created a career I never knew existed. I couldn’t be more grateful for this wake-up call that has allowed me to live in my truth and has shown me how to follow (and open) my heart to help others.
In my mid-20’s, I discovered a form of medicine that looked beyond Western medicine and to alternative ways to holistically heal the body. This field is known as Functional Medicine, which gets to the root cause of health issues instead of putting a band-aid approach to the problem. I dove into this field of health and these are the doctors who discovered the issues that traditional Western medicine failed to uncover: Lyme disease, PCOS, Candida, Leaky Gut, C-diff Colitis, Estrogen Dominance, Hypothyroidism, Epstein Barr, heavy metals, mold. . . the list goes on and on and on.
You name the health issues, I had it. I was confused and perplexed. How did the best doctors in the country miss all of this and how many people are walking around with one (or more) of these health issues and they don’t even know it?
That’s when I quit my corporate job, went back to school to learn more about alternative medicine, and set off on the journey to detox my body from all the toxins (mold, heavy metals, stress, conventional food, tap water, chemicals in our cleaning products, etc.) that had caused my health issues. This may sound overwhelming and trust me, I know because I felt overwhelmed many years ago when I was at the fork in the road and embarked on my healing journey.
Just as I was coming back out into the world in 2014, my doctor overdosed me on progesterone cream and my entire endocrine system shut down. This time, no doctor could help me. No one knew what to do. I have never been in more pain in my life and I felt less like myself – mentally and physically – than I ever had before. I didn’t even recognize myself because I gained over 50 pounds in 5 days, my hair went from blonde to brown and my entire endocrine system shut down. Nightmare? I think so. I was terrified. Who was I supposed to turn to now? It was just me, myself and I.
I learned how to build myself from the inside out and stumbled across a handful of experts in fields I had never heard of who each helped me get to the next step of healing. I spent the last couple of years healing my body on a deeper level that no one – not Western or Functional medicine – ever addressed. No one.
I was amazed. There was another layer of healing wellness that needed to be reached, which is what I address with each of my private clients. This is how I am helping my clients go beyond treating the physical body to treat the energetic layers that are traumatized and shut down. This includes working with the subconscious mind + neuroscience + epigenetics as well as many other alternative methods to heal the body at the deepest layers.
Throughout a decade of chronic health issues, no doctor addressed any of this with me because sadly, they didn’t know it existed. All they knew was what they were taught in med school, which only taught them how to cover up symptoms with pills, supplements, or quick fixes. When I discovered these deeper levels of healing that brought me back to life, I realized that food and exercise are only a portion of what was going to help my clients heal from years of being emotionally, physically, and energetically shut down just like I was.
As traumatic as this overdose experience was for me, it opened my eyes as to why SO many people aren’t getting better. You can’t just toss supplements and a handful of superfoods and a workout into a body that’s energetically, physically, and emotionally shut down. That is not healing. That is still called a ‘quick fix’. Click here for my full story.
After seeing incredible results from my one-on-one clients and my own body, it’s time to reveal what doctors and other experts never taught me. For the first time, I’m sharing my method with you to help you improve the quality of your life and empower you to learn how to take your health into your own hands. My focus is always on nourishment, embodiment, and empowerment, not deprivation.
In my private practice, I guide my clients down the path to achieving wellness through techniques that I learned from healing myself and my professional training. Most mainstream and alternative doctors give everyone the same protocol, supplements, and advice on how to feel better but we each need a personalized plan because our bodies are all very different. What works for you may not work for someone else.
My services range from one-on-one individual sessions to scaling menus, recipes and food photography for food, beauty and lifestyle brands, hotels, resorts, and spas. Every individual and brand I work with reflects my integrative, clean living philosophy. For more about my Services please click here.
I’m here to help you transition out of feeling tired, bloated, and miserable to living a full and healthy life. The Healthy Apple, my private sessions and retreats, and my cookbook, Eating Clean, were created to give you the courage and tools to embrace this new lifestyle and reclaim your health.
I love my work; I’m here to hold your hand and guide you. It’s my passion to see my clients’ faces light up with hope when they are empowered to make changes in their lives. When you start seeing the challenges in your life as opportunities for growth and well-being, something magical begins to happen. You realize that YOU and only YOU have the power. Don’t ever, ever, ever forget that.
Believe in yourself, challenge your doctor, eat clean, live clean and accept nothing less than your best life ahead.
*No opinion on this site has been evaluated or approved by the FDA. Please work with a health practitioner for any medical questions.
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