Healing through the Power of Functional Nutrition
Are you struggling with fatigue?
Is a lack of energy keeping you from doing the things you love?
Do your clothes feel tight because of gas and bloating?
Are you taking fists full of pain killers each month for the cramps?
Have you tried everything, but still can’t lose the weight?
You CAN feel better. I’m here to help!
Imagine what your life would be like if you had energy every day.
Feel amazing in your body again.
Hi, I’m Carrie Bailey, functional nutritionist in Santa Clara, CA. I specialize in helping women end their struggle with fatigue, hormonal imbalance, and digestive issues. These women have been to other health care providers, but they still aren’t feeling their best.
When I was a kid, around 12 years old, my mom had a book called the Vitamin Bible. I remember being captivated by the ideas of how important vitamins were to your health and how vitamin C, for instance, kept you from getting sick or in speeding the healing process. It was amazing to me to understand this information about vitamins and nutrition.
As a teenager, I found an interest in the human body, but this time it was personal – it was my body. I was self-conscious about my body like most teenagers are. I felt like I was too skinny. I was a string bean and scrawny. I wanted to have muscles and shape to my body. A friend persuaded me to drink protein shakes and embrace weight lifting. I got strong. So strong I could bench my body weight. My body still didn’t have the curves of the other girls, but now I had a newfound strength in my body that empowered my confidence. That was the start of coming out of my shell.
I became much more interested in the human body, especially the muscular physique. My fascination for the human body and the muscular physique peeked an interest in Physical Therapy. Ultimately though, getting out of school as fast as possible with the goal of making as much money as possible trumped my innate curiosity in the human body.
Eventually, I found my sweet spot in the corporate world as a business systems analyst diving into numbers, systems and procedures. I really honed my skills in problem solving. That love for problem solving is what inspires my super powers as a functional nutritionist.
Ultimately, my lifelong dream was to be a mom. I was in my thirties when I got married. I could feel the clock ticking. We started down the road of infertility treatments. We were at the IVF fork in the road when I had to stop. Emotionally, I felt worse than when we had started fertility treatments. My hormones were on a wild roller coaster ride. I really thought I was healthy so I had no idea why I could not conceive and conventional medicine didn’t answer the why question either, they only had solutions that may or may not work.
I had heard somewhere along the way that acupuncture was helpful for conception. So down that “alternative” road I went. I drank the nasty chinese herbs she gave me, but they actually made me feel better. Within 2 ½ months I was pregnant. My pregnancy went well and I had a health baby at 36 weeks.
I immersed myself into motherhood. Incorporating organic food and health into my life and the life of my new family. I spent my spare time researching all kind of health issues from vaccines to food to sleep. I was determined to learn all I could about being healthy and having super healthy babies. When we started trying for a second baby, I went straight back to acupuncture again. My second baby girl was born 3 years after her sister.
Once my daughters were in school, I felt restless. I wanted more. I had exhausted my online rabbit hole hunting. I was ready for more official training to take me into a career of choice. I knew I didn’t want to go back to the corporate world.
That’s when I found the Institute for Integrative Nutrition when I googled “holistic schools.” I dove right in and followed the curriculum and did everything my teachers taught me. I started a blog and I started seeing clients as a Health Coach half way through the program.
Not seeing the results with clients that I had hoped for, I started exploring functional medicine and additional courses. This led me to study the Kalish Method ™ at the Kalish Institute of Functional Medicine. I applied Dr. Kalish’s teaching to myself as well as my clients and, voila, they worked!
I was still hungry to learn more. I wanted to bridge my nutrition education with my functional medicine education. That’s when I found Andrea Nakayama, a functional nutrition and educator. As I studied with her in Holistic Nutrition Lab, I applied my newfound knowledge with my clients. I discovered an untapped edge in uncovering problems that could only be solved with this amazing art and science of both diet and lifestyle that I learned with Andrea.
Today, through private coaching I work alongside my clients to create a plan that is tailored to their unique set of physiological and lifestyle factors. If something isn’t working, we work together and leave no stone unturned to find the solutions that work. We combine nutrition, sleep, stress management, and exercise to incorporate new habits and routines that work.
I know what it’s like to feel exhausted, struggle with PMS and suffer with digestive issues. I know how hard it can be to make dietary changes especially with your kids.
I am deeply thankful that I can share my personal experience and vast understanding of nutrition and health to support my clients on their journey to optimal health.
What people are saying
I have a lot more energy and am able to sustain a full day of activities and work without feeling overwhelmed with fatigue. The quality of my sleep has improved by 80%. Most days I feel rested upon waking – that’s huge!Lori King
Working with Carrie I took steps to eliminate food to see if this would make a difference – and it did! With Carrie’s help I transitioned to a gluten free diet. It has not been an easy journey, and I couldn’t have done it without Carrie’s support, encouragement and advice.Tara O'Grady
I thought I was seeing Carrie for weight loss. I expected harsh application of dietary rules, weight checks & accountability. What I got was support, a variety of ideas to try, and acceptance.Sabrina McGrath