About Me

I'm Sophie. A 36-year old antisocial, introvert housewife and mom of 2 kids with special needs (one with autism, the other with apraxia of speech). I've been through (and successfully treated) lots of chronic issues with my health in a span of over 20 years. During that time, I've educated myself on nutrition, sports science, disease treatment and prevention through research studies, books and university courses. 

  • Horrible childhood diet (that led to sugar addiction, most of my chronic illnesses and getting fat)
  • Long family history with diabetes (both sides of the family), heart disease, thyroid conditions, cancer, gynecologic conditions that always ended up in hysterectomies for the women from my mother's side
  • Diagnosed with pre-diabetes and insulin resistance
  • Diagnosed with hypertension
  • Diagnosed with IBS-C
  • Diagnosed with anemia
  • Diagnosed with PCOS, that included hormonal imbalances, amenorrhea, PMS, PMDD, infertility, hyperandrogenism, chronic pain, chronic body acne, hirsutism and more
  • Diagnosed with gigantic fibroids
  • Severe anxiety, depression, antisocial, several phobias (social, crowds, heights, flying, driving etc)
  • Diagnosed with severe uterine prolapse
  • Severe, debilitating labor pains for 7 years straight, 24/7, spent a good amount of those years bedridden.
  • Horrible immune system (sick with flu year round, constant MRSA infections, flu shots and other vaccines made me severely sick, and had to wait a year or 2 for the reactions to go away)
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Chronic back pain (left psoas hip flexor) caused in my 2nd pregnancy
  • Daughter's autism caused by doctors somehow not seeing my pregnancy when I went to the hospital for gallstones (I couldn't tell either) and were given strong antibiotics, pain relievers and even performed an ERCP, all while keeping me starved without food nor water in a hospital bed for 2 weeks straight, which due to already being anemic, caused a need for blood transfusion.
  • Went to hundreds of doctors for the above in 3 different countries, and at the time (these started as early as 11 years old, so over 2 decades ago), doctors gave me these answers:
    • "you can't have children",
    • "there's no cure",
    • "take these pills to manage symptoms for the rest of your life",
    • "you're imagining things, I can't find anything".
  • I got rid of all medication and I started cleaning up my diet first (I was in so much pain all my life I couldn't start strength training until 3 years ago) and taken specific herbs to fix my chronic conditions. 2MAD was a no brainer for me and I always preferred skipping dinner as it was making me sick.
  • I cured on my own naturally (verified by blood work and other tests, most of these successfully treated at least a decade ago):
    • obesity / sugar addiction (don't even remember the taste of cake, ice cream, etc anymore)
    • infertility
    • PCOS (and everything that comes with it, still have the acne scars though)
    • fibroids
    • prediabetes / insulin resistance / hypertension
    • anxiety and depression (still have some phobias, still antisocial)
    • all nutritional deficiencies, including the iron anemia
    • chronic back pain last year using yoga poses and calisthenic skills
    • IBS-C this year by repairing my gut dysbiosis with gut cleanses and gut focused diet
    • boosted my immune system and metabolism (no longer get sick, can eat double the calories than before despite that I'm a lot older now)
  • Currently dealing with surgical menopause (successfully treated most symptoms), as I've tried everything for my chronic labor pains and the prolapse started interfering with my bladder and bowel movements (fecal impactions are NOT funny) and even with my breathing for some reason, therefore I went for an urgent total abdominal hysterectomy 3 years ago.

I'm probably sticking with this regimen for life, as I went from getting fat with eating 1500 calories a day and feeling constantly hungry and sick, to feeling and looking the best I have ever been with eating anywhere between 2000-3000 calories a day. I no longer count calories, as I found them irrelevant to my situation and haven't helped much when I was religiously tracking (I pretty much remember the macros of everything now anyways).

I have absolutely no interest in looking Instagram-ready with 6-pack abs, getting shredded to the bone, or reaching what they call a "healthy BMI". I'm going at it as natural as possible (no protein powders, no preworkouts, no modern medications, no hormones etc), and eating as much as I want, as long as I fast 20 hours a day.

I've survived a true living hell that words can't even describe, and surgical menopause at my age (and with my genes) highly increases the risk for sarcopenia (muscle loss), osteoporosis, belly fat, diabetes and heart disease. Dealing with an autistic child is no walk in the park either.

My main goals and concerns right now are to stay healthy, feel well enough to take care of my children, and prevent further disease. Living enough to see grandkids and without being a burden to the family with old-age diseases would be a plus.

The purpose of this blog

Everything written in this blog is based on my own personal experiences and everything I've learned over the years. This blog is not only a means of documenting my health and fitness journey, but also to provide information to anyone who seeks relief from the same chronic ailments I went through. 

It is my hope that this blog will be an important tool to those who seek:

  • To improve their overall health and fitness
  • Treat their conditions or manage their symptoms
  • Live a long, disease-free life
  • Lose weight and build muscle
  • Change their lifestyle and habits towards a better quality of life

I am NOT a doctor, personal trainer, registered dietician, nutritionist, athlete, influencer, nor at the end of my fitness journey. The content of this blog is based on what worked for me and is for informational purposes only, not a replacement for medical advice from a professional. Furthermore, we and our bodies are unique, so everybody is different. My results may not reflect your own. Any action you take upon the information provided by ZenGainz is strictly at your own risk.