"No one will listen! "No one understands! "Why can't they just see that I'm sick? "No, I don't want another pill!*….. I've been where you are, I do understand.
My name is Lara Joy Sultan, call me Joy. I am the founder of Joyously Balanced. I'm a survivor of obesity. food addiction, binge eating, hormone imbalances, acne, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, abuse, Gastric Bypass, SIBO - Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, Leaky Gut, ADD, trauma, abandonment, stress, which all led to...at least one known autoimmune disease. Hopefully you do not relate to all of this, if you do, please know you are not alone. I improved the quality of my life and so can you.
I once weighed nearly 400 pounds! When other diets failed, I had to "get real" with myself. I lost 120 pounds on a program I developed.
Then, after bariatric surgery, I lost over an additional 100 pounds. As great as it sounds, further surgeries and Illnesses followed, including osteopenia and one known autoimmune disease. I gained 75 pounds back, had no energy, my brain wouldn't work, I felt like a basket case, and my hormones were on a roller coaster. Privately shaming myself, I was desperate. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. Unable to find the help I needed from conventional medical doctors. I turned to functional medicine, nutrition, and lifestyle to obtain the life and health I enjoy today. Did you know that once you have one autoimmune disease, the likelihood in developing another Is extremely high? In fact, the average in the United States Is 3 to 5 chronic and autoimmune diseases per person. I'd like to change that average, starting with you.
I am a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, certified through The Nutritional Therapy Association, with additional certifications in The Autoimmune Protocol and The RESTART Program. I am also a certified Personal Trainer, certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine with additional certifications as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist and a Weight Loss specialist. I am on my journey to create my world filled with love, nature, diversity. toxin free, EMF free, laughter, and smiles. I'm loving this! Learning to cook this new way, with new spices and foods I am not used to, it's actually been quite the adventure. I am finding it extremely fun, interesting, and actually super exciting! I hope I am privileged to in you on your journey to become a happier, healthier you.
We will work together so you have the tools available to use every day for the rest of your life. We'll develop a personalized, nutrient dense, property prepared, whole foods plan, combined with lifestyle suggestions that will help keep you motivated. We discover your personal strengths and abilities as we establish your personal path towards healthier habits and find comfort in your new normal.
I'm there when you need help getting motivated, guidance on the journey, and support when It's rough. Together.