Micro Interviews

Joanne Makwana

“My diagnosis with MS – that was really my tipping point. I was interested in health before but for all the wrong reasons. As women we are constantly bombarded with images as to how we are supposed to look and act and like a lot of people, I became obsessed with my weight. It was always about being a certain size or certain weight on the scale. My diagnosis with MS is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I started to learn the true meaning of health and what that is. It was no longer about what size pants I wore or what the number on the scale was. It became about am I going to wake up tomorrow and have use of my legs.”

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“One of the biggest things I learned is that we don’t always have to be 100% on track. We tend to think that once you start this journey you have to be 100% perfect, but as we all know life happens, things come up, there will be times when you are stressed or down or whatever the reason. That’s ok. It’s not about being perfect all the time. It’s about taking those first steps to start. If you get off track, just wake up in the morning and say “ok it’s a new day.” For me specifically with my MS there have been periods where I feel awesome, I am on track with my healthy eating and my lifestyle. But then I get off track, and very quickly my symptoms will flare up. Just stick with it, even when you have your ups and downs.”

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“I am most grateful to be here and to be living in the moment. I am so fortunate in my life to have amazing friends and family. I don’t know where I would be without that. No matter what is happening in life, if you have a good support system around you it makes it all better. I have gone through things in the last few years with my diagnosis of MS, losing my dad…and knowing that I have people to fall back on and that I am not alone really helped me to get through those times.”

“My go-to wellness strategy is being aware of what I am putting in and on my body and really focusing on things that are going to be anti-inflammatory. Busting inflammation is very key with Multiple Sclerosis. Making sure that I am using the purest type of products and ingredients and cutting out the garbage is very important.”

 

 

 

 

“Inspiring people to make positive lifestyle changes is what leaves me most satisfied. That is the whole reason I do this. There are so many people that don’t know where to start. I was like them once. I struggled with weight, I didn’t feel well, I had an undiagnosed health condition, I constantly felt tired. I didn’t know where to begin. When a client calls me and says: I tried that thing you said and it really made a difference, I have so much more energy or I am sleeping better or that headache remedy is really helping me out – I thrive on that feedback. I get to change the course of people’s lives.”

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“Don’t be afraid to do what you love. If something has been nagging you, like I really should do that, or I really should try that, don’t wait. Just start. You don’t know where it will take you. Don’t wait until it’s perfect, because it never will be. You’ll be waiting forever. When it comes to adopting a healthy lifestyle we procrastinate. There will always be an excuse. Just start.”

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“My husband and I have a quote and we use it all the time – he actually has it tattooed on his arm – Life is what happens when we are busy making other plans. I feel like that’s been my life in a nutshell. I can think of 5 major events in my life that I saw as one thing, and they turned out to be very, very different. I had a very successful career in corporate PR when I was diagnosed with MS. Now there isn’t anything wrong with working in corporate – I was good at my job. Was I truly passionate about it thought? Did I get up every morning with that desire to go into that office and do that commute home? It’s not for me. And my diagnosis with MS really was my wake up call.”

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“My dad always encouraged me to do what makes me happy and do what I am passionate about. He was an entrepreneur, he had his own business so he saw me as running my own business. Now that he is gone I have that much more passion and drive to do this for him. Obviously for me too, but really for him. My dad had once said if he could go back and do it all over again he would be doing what I’m doing. I know how proud he was of me.”

Connect with Joanne here: tippingpointnutrition.com

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2 Comments

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    Mia
    September 3, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    What a great interview! The last little bit about Joanne’s father made me tear up:) So touching.

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      Tiana
      September 12, 2015 at 10:05 pm

      So touching! Joanne is such an inspiration.

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