How IIN Grad Colleen Cimador Helped Her Son with ADHD to Heal
When Integrative Nutrition graduate Colleen Cimador was told her son had been diagnosed with life threatening food allergies, ADHD, and other health conditions, she was determined to not just accept his diagnosis as lifelong truth and look for ways to address the root cause in the hopes of healing him.
Her journey for answers and recovery brought Colleen to Integrative Nutrition and she’s now paying it forward by making a difference in a big way!
We recently had a chance to catch up with Colleen and get the full scoop about everything she’s been up to since graduating from Integrative Nutrition. This is her story:
What were you doing prior to enrolling at Integrative Nutrition?
I was a stay at home mom for the last 10 years. Before that, I worked in New York City in online advertising sales for CBS SportsLine.
What led you to explore the Health Coach Training Program?
My son was riddled with health issues. I went to a lecture given by Beth Lambert, who wrote A Compromised Generation. She explained how all of the toxins in our food and environment were making this generation of children sick. She then offered a way to recover them by changing their lifestyle, food and environment. This inspired me and is exactly what I did with my son who was diagnosed with life threatening food allergies, ADHD, SPD, asthma, dyspraxia and vision issues. He is now a healthy “straight A” student. I decided to write a blog and a book with my son about his journey and I wanted to have credentials behind my name as I wrote about this subject and learn to help others heal their children!
How did your life change after enrolling?
Our book, The Race to Recovery won the contest for Integrative Nutrition’s Launch Your Dream Book program. After this, I decided to enter it into the Mom's Choice Awards (MCA) and it won a silver medal. It was a true honor since the MCA program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Shortly after that, we were asked to appear on Morgan Spurlock's (Super Size Me) show on CNN called Inside Man to discuss our journey to healing. We were able to speak about our story, our book, my journey through Integrative Nutrition, and take him through some health coaching on what products were toxic and which were healthier choices.
Which topics and modules were most beneficial for you?
The modules that reinforced gut healing! This is such a key component in my day-to-day conversation with those who are trying to heal themselves and their children.
What are you doing now?
My plan is to continue to speak about our story and our book, and I intend to get more clients through my speaking engagements. I'm also aligning myself with Documenting Hope which is Beth Lambert’s documentary project that will chronicle 14 children diagnosed with various issues from ADHD to autism. They will be given healthy organic food, therapy, and functional medical care. Their progress will be filmed but there will also be a scientific study done simultaneously to prove to the larger medical community that diet and lifestyle change can recover children from illness! The trailer can be viewed at www.documentinghope.com. I am also part of the first Treating ADHD Naturally event at this year's AutismOne Conference in Chicago. Together with a few other Integrative Nutrition Health Coaches who were also determined to not accept their child's diagnosis as lifelong, we will be sharing our experiences and information to spread the message that healing can happen! The website is www.mothersdetermined.com.
What makes you and your practice or product unique?
My book was done in conjunction with my son. It’s not just about telling parents and children what to eat, it's a child explaining to other children what he went through. It's my child empowering other children and explaining to them what he learned along the way about agriculture, food additives, and traditional medicine. We hope to get more children and parents on board by sharing our story with a broader audience.
How do you help your clients be successful?
One client was being told that her son needed to be on medication for ADHD by his teachers. They rolled their eyes when she started to change his diet and use lavender oil to calm him. His behavior completely changed and he is now a stellar student without the need for any medication. This is why we need to continue to spread our message!
What do you love about your work?
We get to change lives for the better and help people reclaim their health! What’s better than that?