Alumni Profile: Ashley Srokosz
I have always been a very active person throughout my life, and considered myself a healthy individual. In high school and university I was involved in a myriad of sports, including soccer, broomball, rock climbing, squash and ringette. My participation in these sports and my studies in geology have taken me all around Ontario and Quebec, Hawaii, the Western coast of Canada, and Newfoundland. Although I wasn’t unhealthy, like most university students I didn’t give any thought to what I was eating, relaxation techniques, and stress management.
My years of mistreating my body and overexerting myself caught up to me in the spring of April 2006, shortly after completing my Bachelors’ thesis. I started having severe anxiety, including panic attacks, which affected my professional and personal life. In November of the same year I also started experiencing feelings of unsteadiness and dizziness, which had been diagnosed as hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and vertigo. After seeing many specialists and medical doctors, my symptoms were not improving, so I decided to start seeing a naturopathic doctor. This decision changed my life and started me on the path that I am on today.
In May of 2007, more than one year after my problems began, my naturopath and I finally found out that I have many food intolerances or allergies, including wheat, gluten, dairy products, and eggs. After going “cold turkey” and cutting all of these foods out of my diet, my feelings of unsteadiness are under control, and my anxiety has reduced to a fraction of what it was.
It is now my passion to help others improve their mental health issues, physical symptoms, and general health using nutrition and natural, non-invasive therapies.
I received my Honours Bachelor of Science, specializing in geophysics, from the University of Waterloo in April 2006. I earned the professional title, Registered Holistic Nutritionist™, in October of 2008 from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I also have been approved as a Natural Nutritional Coach and Practitioner (NNCP) in November of 2008 from the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners. Rigorous schooling and yearly upgrades are required to maintain this designation.