The short story
I am known as Organnick, a practicing nutritionist who specialises in functional nutrition for gut health, managing immune conditions, weight loss, female hormones and chronic lifestyle disorders. I have been practicing for three and a half years and have worked with clients to lose weight and keep it off while increasing their energy and improving their lifestyle.
Growing up I was too frequently ill and ridden with allergies that lead to a miserable child hood through regular doctors visits and sick days. I suffered with daily and monthly symptoms such as consistent colds, bronchitis, sports asthma, chronic fatigue, IBS, brain for, bloating, dark circles under my eyes.
Each day that past, I became more ware of my body beginning to reject itself from the foods I was consuming and I began to feel like a wild animal was caged inside of me, clawing its way out and destroying my internal plumbing, and clouding my ability to stay focused and think straight. I could no longer ignore the signs and decided to stop half assing my nutrition and lifestyle and dedicate my mind to healing my body 100 %.
Through radical self love and acceptance along the way and aiming for a balanced lifestyle using the five pillars of health, I was able to overcome those conditions and have not looked back through changing my diet and movement habits.
I practice and teach in Green Balance radical self love through healthy habits including healthy eating, positive mindsets, personal development, regular movement, mindfulness through self care and meditation.
I understand what it is like feeling trapped in your body and plagued with illness and excess body weight. My aim is to help you to find freedom while inspiring and educating you on your journey of healing and becoming your leanest self.
Focussing on the 5 pillars of health, I am able to check in to keep my health and wellbeing exuberant. I feel great and I choose to thrive everyday, by making empowering choices that make me feel great.
HEALTH UPDATE 2018:
I am happy to report that I have lots of energy, have an excitement for life, my digestion has improved, my skin glows, my hair and nails are healthy. I shed off the extra llbs and now my body is stronger, leaner and recovers faster than I have ever experienced.
My moods are more stable and I am a happier, calmer and more productive human being.
I no longer suffer with bad breath, extreme fatigue, body pains, joint pain, allergies, extreme bloating and my thinking is crystal clear. My body has never looked better and felt more lean, healthy and flexible. My performance in sport, exercise and in life has exceeded my expectations.
MY PROMISE TO YOU:
I aim to motivate, inspire and educate your journey through self and health discovery. I practice and preach self love. I work on this through living a balanced lifestyle, through being mindful about habits. Habits including meal prep, shopping, eating out and incorporating a plant based diet which is great for improved gut function and hormone balance.
Exercising regularly, breath awareness to maintain health in the body more efficiently is a practice that I commit to. Most importantly I care about your success and helping you achieve your ideal lifestyle which has the power to transform you in achieving your ultimate weight and health goals.
The Long Story. . . . .
Hey, I am OrgAnnick.
Hello, I am a 25 year old earthling, motivator, nutritionist BSc, L2 Personal trainer, wanderer, clean-eating-food-experimenter and coach, and this is my story.
University- The Reality:
I am popping in because I wanted to share how grateful I am that you are part of this tribe and I hope that you are find a lot of value by being a member!
I’d really like to share with you today how I got to where I am, both professionally and personally because I don’t think you would believe that I was in your shoes before. I am grateful that I took a reality check in my late teens and focussed the past 7 years towards my healthy lifestyle, but it was not easy!
IN THE BEGINNING:
You know that feeling when you wake-up with your eyelids glued together, your throat is dry and cottony and your entire bedroom reeks of stale vodka from the night before? Do you recall, eating those greasy fries and that pizza when you got home last night? That feeling of tiredness, fuzziness and pounding headaches a.k.a. a hangover? Yes, I am sure many of you can relate. That used to be MY LIFE.
Like most, I lived a toxic lifestyle that included smoking, alcohol abuse, lack of sleep and consuming an acidic diet fuelled by sugar cravings and junk food binges. While at University it was so easy for me to get caught up in late night munchies and weekend splurges including Dominos, Mc Donald’s, Doritos, popcorn, chocolate, ice cream and cheesy French fries.
We are all wearing blinders and we choose to ignore our tired bodies that are functioning far below their true potential many times and in many ways. I was effectively starving myself not just on a cellular level, but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I was one of the many passengers on the fast train to obesity, disease and early death.
Growing up, I was highly allergic to almost all processed foods, dairy, and artificial colours which lead to a miserable childhood. My relationship to food became unhealthy and I would binge out on the fruit roll ups, ring pops, milk and trix cereals, donuts, candy, pizzas because I didn’t like that they made me sick and I wanted to be a “normal” child. These choices had consequences so I ended up dealing with daily to monthly symptoms such as, consistent colds and coughs, bronchitis, sports asthma, brain fog, low concentration, weight fluctuations, acne and dark, puffy circles under my eyes.
Waking up in the morning was one of the biggest struggles I faced. I had no desire to wake up and I suffered from chronic fatigue, which made it difficult to focus in school I would find myself napping too regularly. My symptoms slowly progressed into leaky gut which is an autoimmune response which furthered my sensitivity to foods.
I knew that I had to make a change and fast. It felt as though I had a wild animal caged inside of me, clawing its way out and destroying my internal plumbing, organs and clouding my ability to think, see clearly and feel deeply.
No one could understand the fear and panic that I experienced waking up every day with a new symptom—that seemingly developed overnight. Not even the countless doctors I visited knew how to properly diagnose me. They kept trying to encourage me to shovel antibiotics down my throat, most of which caused equally harmful side effects.
I could no longer ignore the signs so I decided to stop half-assing my nutrition and to dedicate my life 100% to healing my body. I was 19 years old and I understood that it would take years to be fully healed, so I had to start at that moment.
I attended Oxford Brookes University and pursued a Bachelor of Nutrition Science. I chose to follow this path to self improvement so that I could not only help others to overcome their personal health struggles, but more importantly to get to the root of my personal issues with food.
My course introduced me to a number of specialised diets that included; blood type diets, the paleo diet, vegan, gluten-free, pescatarian, vegetarian, raw foods, fruitarian, keto,—I tried them all! Unfortunately, I did not find the cure to all of my ailments in any of these diet regimes, but what I did walk away with was the knowledge some diets work for some people given that they choose it as a long term lifestyle choice and that eating raw, fresh, unprocessed food greatly reduced most of my pesky reoccurring symptoms.
After one full year of being super strict with my diet, eating for my blood type and ingesting lots of enzymes and probiotics, no sugar, no gluten, no dairy—I could, for the first time, truly say that I felt “better”. I was full of energy, mentally alert, my physical symptoms such as breakouts, itchy rashes, and puffy eyes began to disappear and my once defective digestive tract could now tolerate the foods that I was putting in. It had also become very noticeable that the moment I touched wheat or sugars my body would react with acne, horrible cramps, stomach pains, PMS, hair loss and I suffered from athletes foot which caused my toenails to look discoloured. Super embarrassing right!
All in all, during my third year at university I worked out a lot and I was in the best shape of my life. My housemates and I cooked healthy meals together and positive energy flowed through the house. It was amazing to see how my actions were inspiring my surroundings and the people that I loved. We were the “fit football” house and we loved every second of it.
My housemates were my continuous support system and they understood my struggle and journeyed with me on my road to a healthier life by simply accepting me as me through it all. Many of them have adopted a similar lifestyle and we motivate each other to stay focused. I could not have done it without them.
NO PAIN, NO GAIN
I opted to embark on this life-changing journey at my peak socialising years, 19-21 years old. This meant that I faced a number of challenges while at University and I was forced to pull away from the crowd, thereby branding myself as “different”. I faced not being able to drink socially, declining invitations to go for group meals and limited partying. My boyfriend would want me to have a glass of wine with him, my football team had weekly drinking meetings, my house-mates wanted to sip prosecco on the weekends and I really couldn’t without having symptoms.
I chose to pull away from these things, not because I wanted to, but because I was not yet strong enough to be faced with these stark alternatives—I had to stay focused. I was like a recovering addict because I knew that one slip up could mean that the pain and symptoms could return at any time. Alcohol, as I discovered, was one of my major triggers and it also made me crave naughty foods like McDonald’s fries and ice-cream and if you have allergies you would know that those symptoms suck!
I AM ORGANNICK:
One of the most frequently asked questions I faced was, “Why do you do this?” or “Is it hard?” My response to them would be, “Why do you breathe? Is it hard for you to breathe? Eating cleanly and eating the right foods for my body comes to me as naturally as breathing comes to you, we both do it to stay alive and to create energy.” I enjoy feeling and operating at my best, I enjoy being pain free and having the focus and mental clarity that makes me feel limitless. Within that first year, my taste buds had transformed themselves completely, and my cravings were no longer for sugars and greasy foods but instead for more whole and plant-based foods. I do live a moderated life now but at that time it was pretty strict during healing. I still avoid mostly dairy, wheat, sugar and processed foods and stick to cleaner alcohols.
My journey has brought me face to face with many “doubters”, and this is what I say, “I have studied this as my degree, it is the way I live my life and if you knew the effects of these foods on the body, you would make the same decisions.”
I was determined to be a major influence in the health society in my country: with clients I developed healthy meal plans and recipes, I pushed education through social media, interviewed different health stores, and suggested products for import that could help the population start making the shifts before it was too late for them.
HEALTH UPDATE 2018:
I am happy to report that I have lots of energy, have an excitement for life, my digestion has improved, my skin glows, my hair and nails are healthy. I shed off the extra lbs and now my body is stronger, leaner and recovers faster than I have experienced.
My moods are more stable and I am a happier, calmer and more productive human being. I no longer suffer from bad breath, extreme fatigue, body pains, extreme bloating and my thinking is crystal clear. My body has never looked better and felt more energetic and supple and my performance in sport, exercise and in life has exceeded my expectations. I speak at schools and corporations sharing encouragement and light that anything is possible and changing your diet changes your life, but for the better!
And my clients share similar stories!
I aim to motivate, inspire and educate your journey through self and health discovery and weight loss success to your leanest body. I practice and preach self-love. I work on this through living a balanced lifestyle, through mindfullness and healthy habits. Habits including diet and eating a mostly plant-based diet which is great for improved gut function and hormone balance. Exercising regularly, breath awareness to control the body more efficiently is a practice that I commit to. Most importantly I care about your success and helping you achieve your ideal lifestyle and weight which has the power to transform you into your best self with your desired weight and health goals.
I now dedicate my life to educating the world on the dangers of certain foods, the benefits of choosing health and how to live my 5 Pillars of Health.
Armed with the truth you are free to make their own choices.
Dad and I 2015
Year 2- I decided on Pescatarianism, but my weight, excess fat and cellulite still lingered and my energy levels were higher, but nothing significant. I was not fully gluten free and did consume wheat products in moderation but I aimed to choose gluten free options most of the time. My moods were very unstable and I was still unfocused and unmotivated. Unfortunately my poor snacking habits of candies persisted, especially after nights out and on weekends.
Year 3- I had gone Paleo (low carb, wheat free and high protein) aiming to starve my body of sugars that were feeding my disease.
When I returned to Trinidad, the island where swimsuits, shorts and flip-flops are a must, parties and fried foods are part of the culture it took a bit of adjusting. I visited a holistic nutritional therapist to see what progress I had made. Unfortunately the results were not good and I was devastated. The tests showed that my liver was weak, my circulation was poor and my bone density was lowering. Paleo was not the right choice for me. So then I went plant based.
Me? How could this happen to me? I thought I was so healthy?
I just want everyone to know that even when you think you are being healthy, you never know what is going on at a cellular level, what organs are really working, how strong your bones or body really are and how efficiently your blood is circulating through your veins. Stay as present as you can and see food as fuel or medicine otherwise you are heading towards some sort of illness or disease in your future. Genetics plays a huge role, which is the reason why I was chosen to suffer with this, but it does not limit my ability to heal it completely so that my body can run at its optimal potential.
My drastic lifestyle change drew a lot of attention from my peers and family members and I felt as though I was living under a microscope. But, I stood my ground and whenever I was confronted by a doubter (which was all the time!) I began to enjoy it because I realised it was getting people to THINK. I packed my own food everywhere I went because of the limited options available at social events. That bothered some people, but I did’t care if my eating healthy made them feel guilty for eating crap, I had to do what I had to do.
I was determined to be a major influence in the health society in my country. I pushed education through social media, interviewed different health stores, suggested products for import and I researched the availability of every store.
I began my journey working under a private gym owner and I used this time to soak up as much knowledge as I could and to plot my journey to owning my own business.
I noticed that while some of my clients thrived off of my eating plans, others lost interest very quickly. I knew that I needed to provide even more support to my clients during their busy days and the idea of daily lunch delivery took off from there. I was working 10-12 hour days and using my spare time to research and build creative menus. The meals were a hit and as a team we were educating clients on the amazing fact that healthy food—i.e. those with no refined sugar, more vegetables, no MSG, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients, higher quality meats and cleaner cooking techniques—can taste as amazing and possibly even better than junk food.
Shortly after, I left the gym to branch out on my own and I did some traveling, which helped to broaden my horizons and motivate me to create my own Company or rather, my own Image. My clientele grew rapidly and so did their demand for weekly meal plans. I realised that I had the skills to design, create and mimic “unhealthy” flavours through my studies of different herbs and spices. I discovered mason jars and kicked off “Jar Love by Organnick” which were layered salads served in a jar. Producing these healthy meals enabled me to practice and enhance my cooking techniques and it also required regular market visits and the opportunity to learn more about our local culture and farming. I was happy, very busy and my business was thriving!
Unfortunately, I eventually realized that I had bitten off more than I could chew and it caused me to loose my focus. I was spreading myself too thin and this left little time for my own personal education, reading and development. I found myself struggling to get out of bed in the morning as I was bogged down by my confusion.
However, the Universe had other plans for me and I fortuitously met some significant people and had several life altering experiences:
Yoga helped me journey towards staying present. It is one thing to desire it but to actually practice helps you to take it a step further. It also teaches you patience, compassion, love and acceptance. The breath and body connection teaches you how to live your life and how to deal with the stresses that you may face on a daily basis with grace.
Attending Church also helps with reflection, building values and positive self respect as they preach messages to help let go of past hurts and teach you to get back up when you fall down. The church taught me to have faith, worry less and to be happier every day.
Eckhard Tolle: ‘The Power of Now’ taught me how to live so presently that worry does not exist. The thought of not having enough time is what holds us back from achieving and the more that we act now, when the thought comes to mind, the more we get done.
Tony Robbins: ‘How to Grow Your Business’ was a defining moment for me because it finally occurred to me that I was running my own business and that my customers are my primary focus.
IDEA World Fitness Convention 2015: The mantra “You are a Leader and You can change the world by changing yourself first”, will forever be ingrained in me.
Brendon Burchard: a motivational speaker, encouraged me to take my self-empowerment to the next level. I gained the necessary skills needed to become a Success Coach, changing people’s lives through nutrition.
Health Update 2018:
I am happy to report that I have a lot more energy, have an excitement for life, my digestion has improved incredibly, my skin glows, my hair and nails are healthy. I shed off the extra llbs and now my body is stronger, leaner and recovers faster than I have ever experienced.
My moods are more stable and I am a happier, calmer and more productive human being.
I practice and preach self love through habits including healthy eating, positive mindsets, personal development, regular movement, mindfulness through self care and mediation.
I understand what it is like feeling trapped in your body and plagued with illness and my promise is to help you to be free, while inspiring and educating you on your journey of healing and becoming your healthiest self.
Welcome to Green Balance! Thank you for being here and for sharing in my story.
Lots of love!
Your healthy friend,