THE AUTOIMMUNE ACTION PLAN
Use evidence-based autoimmune nutrition to help rebuild and rebalance energy, digestive wellness, weight and immune resilience so you can get back to the activities you love - with the ones you love.
This program is the perfect complement to those already working with a natural health expert or those who are just getting started on their healing journey.
A PROVEN METHOD TO RESTORE ENERGY, REDUCE INFLAMMATION
& REBALANCE WEIGHT
If you're struggling to get your rheumatic condition or IBD under control, chances are you are ready for some solutions. You want a natural health plan that is customized to you so you can take back control of your health ... without stress, expensive products or giving up fun food or treats.
Food should be delicious and fun, no matter your condition.
Unshakeable CONFIDENCE in knowing how to fuel energy, immune regulation and digestive function, based on your unique health history, diagnosis symptoms and family dynamics. This then feeds into healthy, balanced weight - whether that be weight loss or gain, depending on your goal.
Renewed ENERGY to show up for your family, work & friends in the way that you want instead of collapsing on the couch at the end of the day or feeling like you're watching life from the sidelines.
Freedom of movement to get back to the ACTIVITIES YOU LOVE - like playing, hiking, biking, gardening, yoga ... or even simple outings with the kids ... without paying for it the next day or having to rely on pain killers, heating pads or ice every single time.
YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO "FEEL BETTER" - BUT THERE MIGHT BE A FEW THINGS STANDING IN YOUR WAY ...
Here's what I see most ...
You're not sure what nutritional plan is best for your condition or how to stick with it. Your doctor didn't talk to you about nutrition and the Internet is full of conflicting information, so you're not sure who or what to believe.
Changing diet is intimidating when you feel physically and emotionally exhausted. You want support and expert guidance to stay focused and motivated, but you're not getting that at home or at your monthly check-ins with your doctor.
You're working with a FMD or holistic doctor and are having a hard time sticking with their dietary recommendations because none of the books, lists or 30-day meal plans are suited to your busy family, your work schedule or LIFE!
You have picky eaters at home (bigs and littles) and your partner is a little skeptical. Because of that, you get a lot of push-back at meal time which adds a layer of frustration and feeling like you might not be able to do this on your own.
You are putting food lists and meal plans together from all sorts of different sources, hoping you can create something that will work not only for your diagnosis and symptoms, but also your family so you can make one meal for the entire family and feel better about food choices.
You've been waiting for the new medication or supplements to work for months now and not seen a change in how you feel. You're doubting that if the doctors can't help, why could food?
You've already made some changes, but still you have nagging symptoms that won't go away. You feel like you're missing something and not sure what to do next.
You've felt like this for soooo long, you have forgotten what like is life otherwise. You don't have a vision for your health and what is possible.
I HAVE AN AUTOIMMUNE FAMILY, JUST LIKE YOU.
If you don't already know, my daughter has a rare rheumatic condition (similar to RA) and I've had elevated rheumatoid factor since my early 20s. Hers showed up as lesions on her long bones, mine showed up as eczema, allergies and IBS.
My own immune and IBS issues were the reasons why I became a holistic nutritionist in 2013, and my daughter's health is the reason why I now dedicate my time and energy to the autoimmune community. Natural health is key to our family's success and I know it can be life changing for yours.
It's my mission to make natural health accessible to other autoimmune families like mine, so you can be knowledgeable and empowered in your own wellbeing using all means possible.
I'm going to show you how to use the best of evidence-based autoimmune-focused nutrition and natural health in a way that is simple for busy families so you can quit struggling on your own and get back to living life on your terms.
HI! I'M VANESSA
I'm a certified nutritional practitioner with 10 years experience who focuses on autoimmune nutrition & holistic health for rheumatic, arthritic and bowel autoimmune. I use a combination of functional and holistic nutrition tools to support my clients at various stages of their journey.
When my daughter was diagnosed with a rheumatic conditions called CRMO in 2018, autoimmune nutrition became a key part of her healing journey. That's when I decided to focus my profession - and my passion - on serving the autoimmune community.
Most of the clients who come to me are parents, exhausted and just want to feel good fast. They’re worried about their own health and their families as they don't want to pass on their condition to their kids. Sometimes they even have children with autoimmune, like me.
They have all tried different things to varying degrees of success … meal plans, supplements, oils and some have even worked with a ND or functional doctors. The problem is, no one is there to support them on a day-to-day basis, very few experts have an autoimmune of their own, and many of my clients feel like they've been shuttled from silo to silo with each expert only looking at one aspect of care, whether that be lab testing and supplements/meds or hormones vs. gut health. What they want and need is someone to put all the pieces together for them so the process of healing is easier.
I know you need something that is easy to follow at home and gets quick results ...
Which is why I’ve created a natural health program that combines my 10 years of client experience in knowing what what works at the biological level with my personal experience in knowing what type of support parents need to actually succeed and follow recommendations at home.
It's called The BWH Autoimmune Action Plan(c) and it's the program I wish had existed when I was going through the same process you're going through now.
IF YOU'VE TRIED TO MAKE CHANGES & ARE STILL STRUGGLING WITH ENERGY OR FLARES, LET ME ASSURE YOU ... IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT.
A food list or recipes do not get results. They are not real life. They don't provide customized feedback to help you improve results, motivate you when you're having a bad day, help you find brands and products you'll like at your local store, give you menu ideas for the entire family or help you course correct when you need to change direction.
There are very few experts who have a busy autoimmune family of their own so their resources and recommendations fall short of what you need to do on a day-to-day basis. Very few understand what it's like to spend long hours at doctors' appointments, having to say no to family and friends, and what it's like to be bone-aching tired and still have to get up and get things done because you're a parent, you have commitments and others are depending on you.
No one has ever explained the Autoimmune Nutrition Triad or helped you figure out what foods are not only best for your condition, but also your calendar! Your reality (family life, ability to cook, energy, restrictions). The "best" diets only work if you are able to follow them.
No one has ever taken you by the hand and given you a step-by-step, customized roadmap to help you make one change at a time - without overwhelming yourself or your family - so you can actually feel confident about what you're doing and stick with your nutritional plan for the long term.
You are probably getting caught up in the list of "things to avoid" instead of focusing on what to ADD. The Autoimmune Nutrition Triad takes into account the metabolic needs of energy, immune and digestive function. Nutrition also means nourishment on all levels - body, mind and soul - and any wellness plan that truly gets long-term results includes these aspects, especially when changes to diet are hard, for whatever reason.
You might be depending on supplements for results and are taking a long list of expensive pills and liquids.
THIS IS WHY I CREATED THE BWH AUTOIMMUNE ACTION PLAN
It's a complete nutrition and lifestyle program to support women (and sometimes their families) with autoimmune who want to restore energy, reduce inflammation and get their weight back to a healthier number.
The focus is to help you identify your unique triggers for inflammation and replace them with better options that will you long after the medications and the supplements are done ...
So you can show up for your family feeling confident in understanding what your body needs to thrive.
Here's what it looks like ...
WE IDENTIFY WHAT FOODS ARE BEST FOR YOUR BODY AND DIAGNOSIS, USING THE AUTOIMMUNE NUTRITION TRIAD
We want you to do less for more … meaning we want to focus on what will get you the best results for the least amount of effort.
So, we identify what foods will best help you improve energy metabolism, immune regulation and digestive function, which are all key to getting you out of the cycle of pain/exhaustion with autoimmune.
This is a targeted approach to fuelling your body, based in science and customized to your situation.
DIGESTIVE WELLNESS FOR AUTOIMMUNE
There is a strong focus on improving your digestion which is often compromised with medications and co-conditions like IBD or IBS.
Symptoms that you need some digestive support include acid reflux, burping, gas, bloating, indigestion, diarrhea or constipation.
This step is really important no matter your diagnosis because you want to ensure you're breaking down and absorbing what you’re eating so you can get the most of the changes you’re making to diet!
Your digestive wellness is also a key part of your immune response.
IMPROVE STRESS METABOLISM
In addition to food, you learn practical and proven ways to support your nervous system response so you become more resilient and have tools to weather no matter what life throws at you.
Your ability to move, sleep, breathe and process lifestyle stressors or life load can make all the difference in your healing journey and your energy metabolism, immune regulation and digestive wellness.
Without this step, many people continue to struggle with symptoms, and it is often this is the missing piece for many people who get caught up in simply what foods to avoid or when willpower around food goes out the window.
Your health is more than just nutrition - or medications, supplements, lab testing. Autoimmune resilience requires a whole body approach.
THE BWH AUTOIMMUNE ACTION PLAN IS FOR YOU IF...
You WANT to
Increase your energy and focus for your loved ones
Find the energy to come home at the end of the day and be present for your family
Reduce rheumatic aches and pains
Reduce side effects of medications
Get rid of gas, bloat, constipation/diarrhea with IBD or IBS
Take back control of your health and wellbeing
Restore a healthier weight
You are DONE
Feeling emotionally and physically drained
Wasting time, money and energy starting/stopping different diets and supplements
Trying to figure this out by yourself
Feeling frustrated that what you've been doing isn't working
Feeling alone in this process
You are READY
To create a customized nutrition plan that considers your unique triggers
To use evidence-based nutrition to fuel energy, immune and digestive wellness
To incorporate proven lifestyle practices that can make all the difference in your health when willpower around food goes out the window
To feel like you're part of a team - at home with your family and with other like-minded parents
For a positive outlook ... knowing that you DO have control
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT &WHAT'S INCLUDED?
The BWH Autoimmune Action Plan is 8 weeks long and during our time together, you will learn exactly what your body needs to feel better, have go-to recipes and a shopping list the entire family likes, and have a better understanding of triggers that are unique to you.
You will no longer waste months (or years) feeling like you're "missing something" ... and you'll know exactly where to focus your time and energy going forward.
WHAT RESULTS CAN YOU EXPECT?
Within 8 weeks, clients typically experience a 50-70% increase in energy and mood scores, 90 - 100% improvement in digestive symptoms and 30% improvement in inflammation (pain/aches).
Weight rebalancing depends on the person and goal. If weight loss is a goal, the changes can range from 5 - 12 pounds in 8 weeks whereas weight gain is typically around 5 pounds for those with IBD.
Here's why that happens
TWO PRIVATE CONSULTATION (1:1)
Every member receives an onboarding consult to discuss your unique situation and health history, as well as a second private consult to discuss progress.
These private consults provide white glove service, help prioritize your action steps during your time in the program and troubleshoot any challenges that arise.
WEEKLY GROUP COACHING
In addition to private support, you'll benefit from VIP weekly group coaching sessions to further guide you, motivate you and keep you accountable every step of the way for the best results.
TRAININGS, RECIPES & MEAL PLANS
During our time, you'll receive white glove service as we support you on one of three nutritional paths that are proven to support autoimmune: Anti-Inflammatory, Paleo or AIP.
You'll receive handouts, worksheets, audios, videos and hundreds of simple recipes to empower you with knowledge and tools in your journey.
Areas of additional support and education include how to transition meals using Reality Based Meal Planning, symptom journalling, a supplements assessment, sleep, mindset, reintroductions and more.
You'll be part of a community of like-minded families to cheer you on and support your progress so you never have to feel alone.
Plus you have me looking after you! You'll be checking in with me weekly to ensure you never go off track.
WE HAVE AN APP!
Part of BWH's services include an app you can download to log food journals, keep track of customized recommendations, supplement recommendations and message with your coaches when "things come up." The app services are HIPPA compliant and all members love the ease of use.
This is simply another added benefit and example of the VIP support you receive every step of the way.
TWO ADDITIONAL WEEKS OF COACHING
It's a new beginning and we want you to start the new year strong.
Two additional weeks of coaching will bring you to 10 weeks total, which means more results and less stress.
DONE FOR YOU MEAL PLANS & GROCERY LISTS
You don't have to think - you can just do.
All meal plans included in the program use simple and delicious batch cooking ideas and have you use leftovers strategically so you have maximum nutrition everyday of the week.
WHAT CLIENTS SAY ABOUT WORKING WITH VANESSA
Mary came to me, ready to focus on increasing her energy, losing weight and gaining more mobility after several hard years of personal and physical trauma. Some days she would forget to eat as she put everyone in her life before herself. We took a very slow and steady approach and today, Mary is 40 pounds lighter, friends are passing her on the street (and not recognizing her), she is sleeping better AND she feels like this is just the beginning of what is possible for her as a grandmother and mother of six.
“I had no idea the impact of my diet on my pain. I’m so happy to find what’s working for me. My doctor is so pleased.”
*Mary, Fibromyalgia and Type 2 Diabetes
When I first spoke with Rebecca, she told me there were some days she had to grit her teeth to get out of bed. Not that she didn't want to ... she just hurt. She was also embarrassed about a skin condition and while she had some success in working with other practitioners, she felt nutrition was the missing link. She ended up discovering that gluten was a MAJOR trigger for her and we are now working on histamine and gut-health issues as we dive deeper into her overall health picture.
"I no longer look like an umpa-lumpa. My skin is clearing up. My joint pain is way less and I lost 20 pounds of inflammation in the first two months.”
*Rebecca, Hidradenitis Supporativa and an undiagnosed rheumatic or IBD condition
Loretta is a private client and busy adult mom who works two jobs - her day job as an accountant and her night job, helping her husband run their family business. She came to me because she wanted to work on supporting her thyroid health (her doctor said she was developing Hashimoto's) and support an underlying genetic heart defect. She was sore. Tired. Working her butt off at the gym. Skipping meals and skimping on sleep. Her goal was to use AIP to support thyroid, lose some weight and decrease pain.
During our time together, Laura lost 15 pounds, plus regained her focus, better sleeping habits and energy for her family.
Sandra is a young mom who grew up with Juvenile Arthritis and then diagnosed with AS as an adult. Sandra wanted to try AIP to support her pain and inflammation as she was in a terrible physical state and it was preventing her from being the mom she wanted to for her young son. As Sandra transitioned to AIP, she immediately found relief and was able to work longer hours without her wrist braces and not feel sore after taking her son to the park or hiking. During our time together, she learned SLEEP was a huge trigger/support for her, in addition to the impact certain foods had on her aches. Sandra also worked with me on coordinating laboratory testing to get to the root of some gut issues in this process.
*Sandra, JIA and Ankylosing Spondylitis
When Melanie joined the Autoimmune Family System, she was struggling to support her son's nutrition. She knew that nutrition would make a massive impact on his symptoms, but didn't know where to start. Slowly and steadily, we transitioned her and her son's diet to an Anti-Inflammatory approach and she was amazed at the changes. Not only was she able to identify her son's unique triggers for flares, but learned how to support her own nervous system. The process was so profound, it was the motivation to finally sell their city home and more to the country where they could raise their kids closer to nature and finally write a book to support other families struggling with PANDAS. Transformation on all levels.
"Vanessa, you are my angel sent to me for all the right reasons. Thank you."
*Melanie, Mom of a child with EOE and PANDAS
Lisa had tried making nutritional changes previous to working with me and in her words ... "was an epic fail." She wanted a slow and steady approach to helping use nutrition to support her daughter's health, reduce pain and finally help get rid of the belly aches. She followed a Paleo approach, followed my guidelines to connect with a functional MD and identified some unique triggers for her daughter. The stomach pains subsided quickly. The process taught her how to customize her daughter's nutrition plan so they could continue to work with the medical team on the bone flares, using the best of natural and conventional support.
*Lisa, Mom of child with CRMO (rheumatic condition)
A step-by-step 8-week approach to help you transition to an evidence-based elimination diet to support your autoimmune journey: Anti-Inflammatory, Paleo or AIP
Nutritional protocols that are customizable, including food lists, pantry swaps, easy, delicious recipes and meal plans
Simple trainings and worksheets to further personalize your approach and create a team approach at home
Live personalized private and group coaching to support you every step of the way
A community of like-minded individuals
Additional done-for-you meal plans to remove guess work
Functional laboratory testing like food sensitivity or gut-health are available as an add-on to this program
Two monthly payments of $498 CAD, three monthly payments of $332 CAD each, or one payment of $797 CAD for a savings of $200.
If you live in the US, you can assume an additional discount of approximately 20 - 25% because of the exchange rate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS THIS PROGRAM FOR ADULTS OR KIDS?
This program was created for individuals and families. It takes into account realities like picky eaters, reluctant teens and family members besides you, and provides strategies and coaching to make to recommendations work for the Bigs and Littles in your life.
We have had participants of all ages (11 - 65) who have experienced great success.
WILL MY HEALTH INSURANCE COVER NUTRITION COACH SERVICES?
Nutritional Counselling is covered under many group benefits plans - your coverage depends on your plan.
The investment in your health also brings additional benefits beyond your coverage - like increased energy and relief from flares so you can get back to work, being active as a family and living life on your terms instead of autoimmune controlling you.
DO YOU OFFER A MONEY BACK GUARANTEE?
I am 100% confident you will love this program. The guarantee is there, so you don't have to worry.
I'M ALREADY WORKING WITH A HOLISTIC DOCTOR OR FMD. HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT?
A holistic doctor or FMD may not be giving you the support you need in between appointments to truly transform your way of eating and living to one that is supportive of your condition and health goals. This is a white glove adjunct so you can feel confident in between appointments instead of rescheduling because you haven't made the changes they asked of you.