about me


 
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Hi! I am Janet Steward
owner of smart body dynamics

It’s my goal to help you better understand YOUR body and how to achieve long term better health. As a former basketball coach and instructional coach, know that you are never left to figure things out on your own.

we're a team!

I am looking forward to guiding you along your wellness journey towards better health!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MY APPROACH


my qualifications

  • Master’s degree is in Exercise Science (M.A.)
  • ACE Fitness Certified Health Coach (CHC)
  • Member of American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Metabolic Nutrition Level 1
  • Certified Mat Pilates Instructor through Pilates Certification of North Carolina
  • Former Personal Trainer (CPT)

a few Fun Facts about me

  • I have a wonderful, supportive husband, two absolutely amazing adult children, a fabulous daughter-in-law, and three adventurous grandchildren. Everyday I wake up grateful and inspired by their love, encouragement and support.
  • I grew up on a dairy farm in Tennessee. (It’s ironic, I’m sensitive to milk).
  • I was a devoted educator for the past 17 years working as a classroom teacher, reading teacher, and instructional coach. I am truly a life-long learner.
  • I am an avid outdoor enthusiast. I love hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, and most recently I added paddle boarding to the list.
 
 

"Step by step programs might help others
achieve life changing results but...
My Personal and customized approach is
all about you!"

 

My wellness story

You may be asking yourself...

"HOW DID YOU BECOME A
HEALTH AND WELLNESS COACH?"

This is my crazy story.

DIGESTIVE ISSUES HAVE ALWAYS
SEEMED NoRMAL TO ME.

I have struggled with them all my life. Some of my earliest memories are of my mom giving me castor oil and drinking prune juice. I did not know my life could be any different. It was only after developing a debilitating chronic illness that I began to understand the impact my digestive system had on my health. From September 2012 to April 2013, I was diagnosed with GERD, Bronchiactesis, MAI, Nocardia, and estrogen/progesterone positive Breast Cancer. From December 2012 to October 2013, I underwent four surgeries. Needless to say, this was a lot to handle both physically and emotionally.

 

SEPTEMBER 2012 - APRIL 2013,
I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH...

GERD
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a condition where stomach acid persistently and regularly flows up into the esophagus. Stomach acid that washes up into the esophagus can cause dangerous tissue damage. Treating GERD may involve the use of proton pump inhibitors, antacids, and surgery, as well as lifestyle changes.
Bronchiectasis (brong-ke-EK-ta-sis)
A condition in which damage to the airways causes them to widen and become flabby and scarred. In bronchiectasis, your airways slowly lose their ability to clear out mucus. When mucus can't be cleared, it builds up and creates an environment in which bacteria can grow. This leads to repeated, serious lung infections. Each infection causes more damage to your airways. Over time, the airways lose their ability to move air in and out, which prevents oxygen from reaching your vital organs.
MAI - (Mycobacterium avium intracellulare)
This infection causes respiratory illness in birds, pigs, and humans, especially in immunocompromised people. It usually presents with a persistent cough, which may or may not be productive. It is typically treated with a series of three antibiotics for a period of at least six months. MAI infections can cause fevers, diarrhea, malabsorption, as well as loss of appetite and weight loss, and can disseminate to the bone marrow.
Nocardia
A disease caused by bacteria found in soil and water. It can affect the lungs, brain, and skin. It is most common in people with weakened immune systems who have difficulty fighting off infections. The most common symptoms with the pulmonary form of nocardiosis are fever, cough, and chest pain. Antibiotic treatment must be given for several months to get rid of the infection. In patients with brain infection, mortality exceeds 80%; in other forms, mortality is 50%, even with appropriate therapy.

WITH ALL OF THESE HEALTH ISSUES,
MOST OF WHICH ARE LIFE THREATENING.

I could not help but wonder if I could benefit from some dietary changes. Sadly, I was so sick that I was unable to focus on developing healthier consistent eating habits. Even though I quickly recovered from my cancer surgeries, my lung infections continued and my digestive symptoms progressed. During this timeframe, I was prescribed a cocktail of medications including Nexium, multiple antibiotics, beta blockers, inhalers, etc. One instance, I was put on three extremely powerful antibiotics for six months. Another instance, I was placed on a strong antibiotic for a year. I was so fatigued; I could barely walk. The life I knew had been taken from me and I no longer recognized the person I had become.

THE SAGA CONTINUES... WAIT FOR IT.

The dreaded female change, MENOPAUSE, knocked on my door. This was the final straw! In an act of desperation, I realized it was time to try a holistic approach to better my health. As fate would have it, a holistic doctor had recently been recommended to me by a friend. First, the doctor suggested an elimination diet to reveal any possible food sensitivities. At this point, I decided that healing my digestive system would be my number one priority. Soon after, I discovered my predisposed sensitivity to milk and gluten. After only a couple of weeks into the diet, my lifelong digestive issues began to subside. Next, the doctor tested my hormones. The test confirmed my hormones were definitely unbalanced. In order to help stabilize my hormones, I started taking natural supplements and drinking herbal teas. In just a few weeks, I began to notice significant changes in my energy, mood, overall health and wellbeing! I was feeling so good I was soon able to discontinue all my prescription medications. Finally, I no longer struggled with constant digestive issues! In addition to the miraculous outcome, I was no longer plagued with chronic lung issues issues or difficulty breathing.

I AM IMMENSELY THANKFUL
FOR DISCOVERING THE IMPACT FOOD
COULD MAKE IN MY HEALTH.

This experience has given me a passion to educate people about how the power of food can act as medicine for the body, restore their digestive health, and boost their immune system. My passion fuels my mission to help you regain the power over your health!

Can you relate? Unsure of where to start...

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