I want you to become empowered, achieve health, and experience freedom.
Hi, I’m Hana Renee, a functional nutritionist working with clients around the country, from my home in Durango, Colorado. Like many of you, I know how it feels to watch hopelessly as your health disappears.
When I was 27, a painful, itchy rash appeared on my belly and, over the course of two weeks, spread to 95% of my body. I ended up with a staph infection in my leg and developed severe insomnia, which might have been the worse symptom of all. My doctors prescribed antibiotics to treat the staph infection and steroids to suppress the rash. They told me changes to my diet wouldn’t help my situation and recommended that I stay on steroids long-term.
I was concerned about the potential side effects of long-term steroid use, including cancer. With the support of my partner and family, I began exploring alternative treatments including acupuncture and allergy elimination techniques. These therapies helped tremendously short-term but the rash always came back. I knew something was missing, and my intuition kept pointing me towards food.
Although my diet had improved, I was still buying lunch from the gas station and stopping at the drive-thru on a regular basis. I drank a pot of coffee per day and fueled my afternoons with soda and candy. Honestly, I felt lucky because I could eat whatever I wanted without gaining weight. I believed as long as I wasn’t gaining weight, I was healthy. When I looked at my oozing and blistered reflection in the mirror, I was forced to reevaluate my definition of health.
And so I followed my gut instinct and changed my diet. I started eating real, whole, organic food and eliminated fast, processed, and packaged food-like products. My sleep improved, the rash began to diminish, and my energy levels were rising. I could feel the difference food was making, and knew I had to learn more about the role of nutrition in health. Over the course of a couple years, I read many books and spent countless hours online. I felt empowered as I watched my body heal and gained a sense of freedom from the fear and hopelessness. I kept adjusting and tweaking my diet and lifestyle until I found the environment that allowed the rash to heal completely.
Through my discovery that food can, in fact, be medicine, I found my calling to serve. You see, my entire life, I’ve been drawn to help people. In fact, I had childhood dreams of becoming a lawyer who took corporations to court for trampling on human rights. I couldn’t believe I was never taught that the standard American diet and lifestyle are literally killing us--and I was outraged. I decided to take a stand by helping people regain their health.
I attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a certified holistic health coach, earned the designation of Reiki Master, completed my Yoga teacher certification with Yandara Yoga Institute, and honed my functional medicine and nutrition skills with Andrea Nakayama in her Digestive Intensive and Full Body Systems trainings before completing the Functional Nutrition & Lifestyle Practitioner certification program.
Today, I’m a functional nutritionist and lifestyle counselor. I practice root cause resolution by looking outside of pills, potions, and protocols and focus instead on the epigenetic terrain that influences disease expression. I help my clients identify and create the lifestyle that allows them to flourish. Through our work, my clients discover that their bodies have the potential to heal.
Creating a new lifestyle isn’t easy--at least it wasn’t for me--and it takes time, but it’s worth doing. So much of what appears normal in our culture is making us sick. In order to heal, we must create a new normal. In my practice I give my clients the knowledge to become empowered and achieve health, the tools to be successful, and the support to stay on track.
Outside of counseling, you’ll find me, well, outside; climbing, biking, skiing, tending to goats and helping out on my partners’ vegetable farm.
The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.