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Me.

My name is Debbie Hendrickson and I am a certified nutritional health coach who has a passion to help people regain their health in the same way I have. I have had a passion to cook since I was a child.

As a young girl, I remember helping my dad serve food to the homeless and preparing meals for guests and parties. I believe it was his inspiration and gentle coaxing that led me to love the kitchen. Experimenting with new recipes and seeing the smiles on peoples faces after making a yummy meal was a thrill for me!

I chose the name Heavenly Healthy Gourmet because I want my website to be full of delicious, delectable organic recipes that are super healthy and taste amazing. Our bodies are designed to work better with these foods that nourish the body. I’m on a mission to help change society’s pattern of unhealthy eating and get people feeling their great selves again.

My journey as a health coach has been amazing. I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and am so excited to work one on one with clients to restore their health and change their lifestyle.

I want to thank my family and friends who have been such an amazing support to me through all my trials but mostly to my Savior, Jesus Christ who sustains me daily!

My Story.

The enormous challenge of my health journey began at age 24, when a severe car accident changed my life.

For many years to follow, a cascading series of health issues stole not only my health, but my joy as well. I was eventually unable to cope with daily life. Fibromalgia, Interstitial Cystitus, headaches, dizziness, brain fog, and chronic pain led to the inability to live a normal day to day life… it all hung like a giant noose around my neck and each day it would seem to tighten a little bit more. Yes, I had some good days, but mostly it was the same dreaded expectation each day as I awoke.

It all led me to every doctor under the sun, each with a different drug or drug cocktail that would mess me up even more. They would say, “oh you’re depressed, you need an anti-depressant, heres a drug for fibro…”, etc. I was able to get pregnant through in-vitro fertilization, but after our son was born, I stopped sleeping almost completely and was placed on a ton of hormones along with a sleeping pill that caused me to have migraines and horrible side effects for 2 years. I couldn’t leave my house, couldn’t drive, see people, etc. I felt like my life was essentially over.

Thankfully, I have a very patient husband who did a ton of research to find out why I was so sick. After spending thousands of dollars on medical bills, seeing over 12 doctors, he found the main culprit on his own. The worst of my immediate condition was caused by the sleeping pill I was addicted to for four years…a benzodiazepine that every doc I had seen encouraged me to keep taking!

Through some amazing holistic experts, I was able to wean slowly off of the drug and, with carefully chosen natural supplements, was able to start sleeping again. This was a good first step to wellness, but the dramatic symptoms of achiness, headaches on and off, digestive issues, etc, were still plaguing me.

One victory was enough to kindle my hope for a healthy future! 4 more years of small victories, several more health professionals (both traditional and holistic) kept me on a path of learning; learning about myself, learning about how our bodies should function, allowed me to heal. The “modern medicine” doctors had no answers, except to meet with me for 5 min and write another prescription.

The biggest change came when I attended Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC. Through my studies, I then learned the power of correct and healthy eating. Combined with my love of cooking, I began to cook sugar-free and gluten free with delicious and easy recipes. It literally transformed my life!

God is so good! It took me many years to find out what was wrong and then find solutions, but I wouldn’t change a single bit of it. If my experience allows me to touch at least one life and make them whole again, that means the world to me. If my experiences can help others right the wrongs in their stories, my journey was worth every challenge. Through healthy cooking, the correct supplements, and recalibrating your diet habits, lives can be changed!

As a certified Nutritional Health Coach, it would be a joy to work with you on your journey to a healthier, happier you! Please let me know if I can do a free health history on you and let’s do this together!

More Heavenly Stuff

Recipes

Find healthy organic recipes you will love!

Coaching

Need some help thinking through a healthy diet?  Learn about how I approach nutrition coaching.

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