The early years-the SAD diet takes its toll
Estela was born in Chicago, Illinois, but her family returned to her father’s home country of Nicaragua when she was three months. Four years later, upon their return to Chicago, the change of cuisine to the Standard American Diet took its toll. She spent the next 7 years gradually losing weight, developed chronic respiratory infections, pneumonia, bronchitis, immune issues, and constipation.
As she grew up, she became interested in the workings of the human mind and body, and casually pursued the study of human nutrition, and exercise alongside her study of music. After graduating with a bachelor’s from the University of Chicago, she got married and had four sons in five years. She intensified her exploration of the world of herbal medicine and nutrition in order to support her family’s health as she homeschooled each of her four sons through 8th grade.
The dark years—health challenges can yield blessings
Two of her family members had serious health challenges. Her husband was born with a heart valve deformity, and endured two reparative open heart surgeries within eight years. Her youngest son suffered from immune and digestive issues that manifested as severe allergies for most of the first thirteen years of his life. As a result, Estela was able to peer into health conditions requiring clear medical intervention, as well as puzzling symptoms that doctors could not resolve. Estela poured herself into the study of nutrition, anatomy, and psychology in an effort to make sense of her son’s broken health puzzle.
She began the journey of healing with exercise in the form of martial arts training for her entire family in 2000, which culminated in her achievement of her fifth degree black belt. In 2010, she earned a certificate as a Nutritional Consultant from the Global College of Natural Medicine, deepening her understanding of nutrition. In 2013 she earned a Masters in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, looking for the mental/emotional component of health. Between 2012 and 2017, she completed the Food Enzyme Institute’s Loomis Digestive Health specialist seminars. Finally, she became a Certified Nutritional Consultant through the American Association of Nutritional Consultants in 2017.
Her journey of discovery—each human is an experiment of ONE
Throughout all these life experiences, she quickly realized that each human being’s health seemed to be unique. What works for one person, might not work for another; thus each human is an experiment of one. A health care provider’s job is, at best, challenging. However, in her estimation, at its simplest, good health boils down to finding the source of stress, removing that source, nourishing the body and mind, and effectively removing the waste products which the trillions of cells in our bodies make.
As Dr. Morter said, ‘the power that built the body from a single fertilized egg doesn’t suddenly turn off at birth.” Sometimes, we just need to get out of the way.