It’s underpinned by the deep appreciation that every single person is biochemically unique and therefore nutrition and lifestyle support should be individualised too.
Instead of asking “What drug matches the disease?”, a Functional Medicine Practitioner asks “Why do you have this symptom to begin with?” – and then together with you, we set out to establish exactly that.
A Functional Medicine Practitioner’s approach is founded on these fundamental factors:
Clients came back with cycles that are regular, skin that’s clear, faces that aren’t hairy, newfound energy and a beautiful appreciation of what growing a trusting relationship with their bodies is all about.
I differ from many other functional medicine practitioners in a few ways:
Rather than the sporadic nature of one-off consultations, through Bloom: The Marula Wellness Signature Program, I instead offer much more solid support.
You can be confident that you’re in the hands of someone (me!) with up-to-date, evidence-based knowledge who is walking alongside you every step of the way on your PCOS journey – something that ad hoc sessions simply don’t allow for.
This means that I get to know your story, your body and your current lifestyle in depth. I get to understand you as a human being. This helps me to know what changes to recommend that are personalised to you, that are realistic (and therefore sustainable) and that will ultimately make a real difference in reversing your PCOS symptoms while growing a trusting relationship with your body.
You’ll be tracking your intake and the severity of your individualised symptoms on a safe and secure platform that we’ll be using while working together; anchored in curiosity & non-judgement, I review these entries from Monday – Friday (with a 24 hour response time). So rather than waiting weeks for a reply, you get real-time support – we can therefore make tweaks easily and that helps you move way further down the line of reversing your PCOS symptoms and making the desires for your body (and life) your lived reality.
It’s one thing to know the saying that “healing isn’t linear” but it’s another thing to have dedicated support to navigate the more bumpy patches of your PCOS journey. And that’s exactly what Bloom allows for – because we’re in such close contact, you can share when you’re struggling so that I can not only hold space for that but also provide tools & insights to support you in moving through it.
The bottom line is that Bloom: The Marula Wellness Signature Program, provides the container for high level support where I show up 100% for you, and allow you to do the same for yourself.
We’re not about quick fixes here at Marula Wellness, and through the six months of journeying together, I want to help you untangle from any such thinking that “it’s been 17 days and you’re not completely better already”. The blame, shame & bucket loads of disappointment that comes with quick-fix promises is what keeps us stuck in the “nothing is working” cycle that simply doesn’t serve you.
It’s also important to remember that when we’ve been dealing with symptoms for two, three, five, ten + years, six months is but a relative drop in the ocean.
Through a six month time-frame, we give you time to make realistic changes, we give the changes time to take hold, we give you time to establish a trusting relationship with your body and we give your body time to respond – and in doing so, we honour you entirely.
Many functional medicine practitioners focus heavily on fancy-pants tests and supplements. I get it – it’s way more ‘sexy’ to chase test results and start elaborate supplement protocols than it is to focus on the seemingly mundane factors that we innately know are important but always sideline when it comes to implementing them.
But not in Bloom: The Marula Wellness Signature Program.
As we journey together, I support you in understanding what your foundational food & lifestyle factors are, and together we find fun & creative ways to implement them as we work towards reversing your PCOS symptoms.
Don’t get me wrong though – I’m super grateful for many tests and supplements out there, and I do make use of some of them when indicated, they’re just not my starting point. Here’s why:
I’ve had many clients come to me after working with other functional medicine practitioners or very specialist doctors, and they find themselves in complete overwhelm – they’ve done every test under the sun, are taking a list of supplements longer than both arms and still feel as stuck as when they first started. Or in the instances where symptoms do improve, it’s temporary.
But when we focus on the foundational factors first that are tailored to you? There’s a very different outcome.
Focusing on tests & supplements while overlooking foundational factors is a bit like planting the best quality seed in really dry, crusty soil – yes, having great quality seed is wonderful but the health of the soil is more essential to focus on to start with.
The same is true for you – there are certain foundational factors that are necessary for reversing your PCOS symptoms, before diving into extensive testing & supplement taking.
In Bloom: The Marula Wellness Signature Program, that’s exactly what we do – we set you up with the foundational factors and when indicated, use testing & targeted supplements to optimise matters even further.
There will be instances where both happen alongside each other, but either way foundational factors are never overlooked.
Have you ever felt that using food & lifestyle factors to reverse your PCOS symptoms feels like a full time job?
There are SO many recommendations out there that many of my clients say that on their own, they simply don’t know where to start.
A core Marula Wellness philosophy is to go deeper before going wider.
In Bloom: The Marula Wellness Signature Program, I help cut through the noise of endless suggestions that leave you in a tailspin, and laser focus on the factors that are actually going to make a difference in reversing your PCOS symptoms.
Growing a trusting relationship with your body is one of the most important things on this journey, and is an integral part of working with me. Here’s why:
Firstly, I see time and time again that many women will reverse their PCOS symptoms but because they haven’t been intentional about growing a trusting relationship with their body, when flare ups happen (because life happens), they’re back to square one of being overcome with fear & frustration. Whereas for the women I work with, they’re able to anchor into understanding what their body is communicating with them, and from a place of care & kindness towards themselves & their body, respond accordingly. In time, they’re also able to acknowledge how flare ups can even be appropriate responses to given situations, thereby providing profound information.
Secondly, in restoring a trusting relationship with your body, you’ve then got an ally & a sovereign guide for life. Through ongoing practice, you’re able to tune into your body for making both big & small decisions in life – I cannot underscore the enormity of this gift enough.
And very few other functional medicine practitioners even acknowledge this let alone support you with it.
Many functional medicine practitioners use the language of ‘fixing’ or ‘managing’ your body or your PCOS symptoms.
Neither sit well with me.
You’re not broken and instead of becoming the ‘CEO’ of your body and viewing her as something to be controlled, I’m way more interested in supporting you to grow a trusting relationship with your body for all the reasons spoken about above.
Pre the Zoom-surge of 2020, I was already 90% online and therefore able to support clients around the globe – I’ve worked with women in Cape Town, LA, Lebanon, London, Manchester, Melbourne, Morocco, North Carolina, Spain, Wales and Zimbabwe.
Now, all consultations are carried out online and this will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future as my clients enjoy the ease that such a set up provides.