Heal Your Gut.
Restore Your Health.
Love Your Life.
Heal Your Gut.
Restore Your Health.
Love Your Life.
I can help you reverse chronic conditions TO create health & wellness
from the inside out.
Hi, I'm Linda Downey.
I’m a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist, Integrative Health Coach, Personal Trainer, Therapeutic Yoga Practitioner, and Special Needs Mom. I specialize in helping people suffering from fatigue, thyroid complaints, and autoimmune illness restore their health so they can get back to enjoying their body and their life.
I recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all health pack. I work with each individual to find the root cause of your health problems and help you redesign a diet and lifestyle that supports your natural healing and wellbeing.
It’s my mission to create the possibility of physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing for everyone.
Watch my free masterclass to start your journey to health and vitality
As I look back over my life, I can see that all of it has been a journey to get me exactly to this place of coaching people to their best health. It’s been my personal Organic Health Journey.
Ulcerative Colitis in my early 20’s led to IBS and chronic discomfort with bloating after every meal. Lyme’s Disease plagued my early 30’s treated with massive antibiotics while I worked full time, went to graduate school at night and trained for a marathon and some short triathlons. Not surprisingly, my mid 30’s dealt with Grave’s Disease, and then Hashimoto’s Disease in my 40’s. Were these various health issues-separated by years and circumstances- actually related to each other?
Did my digestive issues 30 years ago impact my Thyroid to the point of dysfunction now?
Was my self image as a personal trainer who struggled with weight and energy greatly diminished at times, even when my clients felt supported in their own fitness endeavors?
You Can Only Imagine…
Now in my 50’s I’m so happy and thankful to change this course of autoimmune disease, fatigue and weight gain to one of health and vitality.
Using Functional Medicine to truly heal the Root Causes of my health issues, I have been able to learn everything I needed to heal and be healthy once again. In turn, I’ve been able to work with many others to do the same. Dietary changes, a new approach to stressful situations, and a healthy respect of rest and restoration all contribute to living life as the glorious journey it is meant to be, instead of a roller coaster of fatigue, weight gain, stress and anxiety.
If you think, as I did, “How did I get here?”…
Let me journey with you.
My daughter Charlotte has ignited and inspired my natural love of health and wellness. A special needs child who is very medically fragile, Charlotte has spent much of her life in the hospital battling to stay alive. She has overcome 2 open heart surgeries, a kidney transplant and lymphoma in her brain related to the transplant immuno-suppression.
Charlotte doesn’t eat with her mouth, walk or talk and needs a cochlear implant to hear. She deals with monthly blood tests and chronic retching that comes on without warning and can last for hours or days.
It is watching her and loving her that I’ve gotten to appreciate the amazing machine that is our human body, and her joyful and loving spirit urge me to help others with what I’ve learned.
It took many years of struggle and heartache to realize the impact of stress on my body. Already in the throws of Autoimmune Conditions well before Charlotte was born, the added fears for her life, the catastrophic medical bills, and the days spent in the hospital living on vending machine food and coffee only made my conditions worse.
I had no time, or interest, to spend taking care of myself. Soon, I was a fitness trainer who was overweight, exhausted, with blotchy skin and no stamina. Not a pretty picture.
My final diagnosis of Hashimoto’s in my early 40’s was the final straw. I went back to school, I got the education and then implemented it for my own health.
Finally, in my 50’s, I have returned to health. I am symptom free, off of medications, and enjoy more energy and vitality than I’ve had in many years.
I want that for you too!
“The Possibility Of Physical, Mental and Spiritual Well-Being For Every Person.”
25 years ago I took a seminar where I envisioned the future I wanted to create. I was already an Aerobics Instructor and Director at a Health Club and a private Personal Trainer, which was then still a young industry. The future I created due to my passion for fitness was “The possibility of physical, mental and emotional well-being for everyone.” (Pretty Cool, right?)
As life went on and I faced my own health challenges along with the medical hurdles of my daughter Charlotte, that vision got somewhat pushed to the back of my consciousness. I was thankful for the periods of time that Charlotte and I both felt well, but that didn’t often happen at the same time.
I assumed being exhausted from lack of sleep and worry was par for the course when you have a child in the hospital. I didn’t know my thyroid was being put through the ringer and causing most of the issues I felt. Finally, stability has returned to my health journey, and the future I created so long ago is now my present, with a little tweaking that comes with age, and hopefully wisdom.
Now I AM:
“The Possibility of Physical, Mental and Spiritual Well-Being For Every Person” and that is the mission for my business.
Assisting people with the best knowledge, tools and support that I have gathered as a Functional Integrative Health Coach, Personal Trainer, Therapeutic Yoga Practitioner and Special Needs Mom is my passion. I’m so excited to share it with you now and start working together.
Aside from healing myself, I’ve worked with hundreds of clients over 35 years to improve their health and well-being. Together, we’ve healed adrenal fatigue, autoimmune issues, digestive problems, weight problems, and more!
Because of my vast education I incorporate many techniques together to create individualized plans including innovative coaching methods, practical lifestyle management techniques, and dietary theories like Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between.
I was also fortunate enough to study under some of the world’s top health and wellness experts including:
Joshua Rosenthal, Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Deepak Chopra, MD, Leader in the field of mind-body medicine
David Katz, MD, MPH, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center
Walter Willett, MD, DrPH, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University
Andrew Weil, MD, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine
Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author and life coach
Susan Blum, MD, MPH, Assistant Clinical Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Mark Hyman, MD, Founder of The UltraWellness Center
Geneen Roth, Bestselling Author and Expert on emotional eating
David Wolfe, Raw Food Leader and nutrition expert
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH, Professor at New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
Mark Bittman, Food Writer for The New York Times and Bestselling Author
Joel Fuhrman, MD, Family Physician and Leading Expert on nutritional healing
My training includes:
- FDN training with Advanced education in SIBO, THYROID FUNCTION and MIDLIFE HORMONES. Also completing coursework to be certified in Nutritional Endocrinology.
- FDN-P: Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner
- Certified Health Coach: Institute for Integrative Nutrition
- Certified Health Coach: Institute for Functional Health Coaching
- Adjunct Professor in the PE and Health Deptartments at Kean University and CCM
- BA in Adult Fitness
- MA in Exercise Physiology
- Therapeutic Yoga Practitioner
FATIGUE, THYROID AND AUTOIMMUNE RECOVERY
Return to health, balance and joy through lifestyle choices; fully supported by partnership and coaching.