written by: Zanne Lamb-Hunt
Cheryle is the owner of Nourishing Abundance where she practices as a board certified, licensed nutritionist and coaches clients on their paths to better health.
Married, with two adult daughters, Cheryle enjoys running, yoga and “everything about food — cooking it, growing it, reading about it.”
There are several benefits of enlisting the assistance of a Nutritionist and Wellness Coach. Cheryle starts us off with the following four:
1. Prevent and/or manage the many symptoms that can be associated with gut leak, such as:
* autoimmune diseases like psoriasis and celiac disease.
* irritable bowel syndrome, gas and/or bloating
* food intolerance and allergies
* thyroid issues
* skin problems like acne, eczema or rosacea
* mood swings
* hormonal imbalances
* chronic fatigue
* ADD, ADHD
“Eighty percent of your immune system is in your gut,” explains Cheryle.
2. Learn how to improve and maintain digestive health and keep the immune system healthy. Stress balance is essential.
Cheryle reminds us that “digestion is a parasympathetic response system. It requires rest and relaxation. It requires hydration and exercise.”
3. Learn how to balance gut bacteria. Healthy bacteria enhances the absorption of nutrients and fortifies the immune system. A stronger immune system means better health!
4. Learn to select beneficial, healthy, nutritional foods.
Cheryle will walk you through the entire process of identifying, selecting and preparing the right foods for your particular health needs. She’ll add delicious recipes, too. And, if you need more direction, she’ll even go food shopping with you!
Cheryle’s First Career as a Programmer
The oldest of three girls growing up in Louisiana, Cheryle recalls watching an After School Special when she was about ten years old. It was called My Mom is Having a Baby. And, yes, they showed a woman giving birth.
“My sisters both barfed and my Mom was horrified,” shares Cheryle. “But, I thought it was really beautiful. I decided right then and there that I wanted to be a doctor!” An obstetrician, of course.
Medical school wasn’t an affordable option, though. So, Cheryle decided to become a computer programmer to be able to bank enough money to go to medical school later on.
However, she discovered that she really loved programming. She loved it so much, in fact, that she stuck with it for 25 years!
Cheryle Transitioned From Being A Programmer To Becoming A Nutritionist
Commuting to Cheryle’s programming job took up several hours each day and made it extremely tiring to be the Super Mom that she was determined to be. “I really wanted to be present for our daughters.”
When her youngest daughter suddenly developed ‘a rash on top of a rash on top of a rash’, an allergist suggested that it could be food related. He couldn’t perform any diagnostic tests because she was only 4 years old. Hearing that she would need to be at least 8 before testing could be carried out, Cheryle was inspired to do lots of research on her own.
The knowledge she gained along the way helped more than her own family. Friends and neighbors also benefited from her vast amount of information. The urge to help others in a health-related field was ignited once again.
Years down the road, with her daughters away in college, Cheryle decided to go back to school on weekends for her Masters in Nutrition & Integrative Health. She tackled an internship that required a thousand hours of clinicals and the passing of board exams for licensing — all while continuing to work full time.
Cheryle’s Greatest Challenge At Nourishing Abundance
“People come to me and they are sick. Dealing with really, really sick people all day, it’s really kind of hard to set boundaries. It’s hard to separate the emotion from the job.”
“At the end of the day, you’ve witnessed all of this destruction in people’s lives and it’s really hard to set boundaries and keep from being sad all the time. I had to create some protocols for myself to allow me to come home and show up as me!”
She looks forward to preventing sickness by keeping people healthy. “If you’re having GI issues right now, it means you’re already on the road to getting sick. You have an opportunity to fix it so you shouldn’t mask it. You need to slow down and let’s fix it now.”
Cheryle Knows She’s Making A Difference – Every Day!
When asked to talk about how she makes a difference, Cheryle recalls a client who was really struggling with Lyme disease symptoms. She couldn’t afford much because she didn’t have a job or a family to help her out.
“She needed organic food — specific things like lots of fruits and vegetables, good quality meat, bone broth and things like that. It had to be simple because she couldn’t remember if she ate in the morning!”
Cheryle came up with meal plans that cost about $60 per week at Whole Foods. She provided the client with a precise shopping list that detailed portions. She even composed the food list in the order of the store layout!
There was more! She game her some simple recipes that could be made. “And, a wall calendar, so she could check things off everyday and she wouldn’t forget.”
The client started to get better. She stays in touch now and thanks Cheryle often for the progress she’s made.
Looking Forward To An Even Better Kind Of Difference
Cheryle looks forward to helping more people achieve and maintain nutritional health and wellness prior to becoming seriously ill. “If we can stop people from getting sick, then they don’t lose their life. I don’t want people to get sick. I want to teach them how to stay healthy.”
Call or visit Cheryle at Nourishing Abundance today with any questions or health concerns. Make an appointment for a Nutritional Consultation to be sure you’re firmly on the path to looking and feeling your absolute best. Or, arrange to attend one of her classes!
Located in the Natural Health &Wellness Center
252 East 6th Street Frederick, Md
Contents Provided by Frederick Advice Givers Podcast #028